Schools: Arts

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 11th February 2022.

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Photo of Lord Storey Lord Storey Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Education)

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many schools achieved an Artsmark in each of the last five years.

Photo of Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Artsmark is a national award scheme managed by Arts Council England which celebrates schools' commitment to the arts. It provides a benchmark for arts provision in schools and encourages them to assess the opportunities and experiences available to children and young people in dance, drama, music, art, and design.

The number of schools that have achieved an Artsmark in each of the last five years is set out in the table below. These figures include the Artsmark levels Silver, Gold, Platinum and RSC Platinum. A further 46 awards have been made since the beginning of this calendar year (2022).

The reduction in the number of schools that achieved an Artsmark award in 2020 and 2021 can be attributed to the impact of Covid-19 and the scheme was revised accordingly.

2017

358

2018

585

2019

683

2020

321

2021

232

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