• a row of wooden pencils against a white backdrop. The lead of each pencil is a different colour. Each pencil is stick up from the bottom of the image to a different height.

About This Project


Curious Minds

Curious Minds


Artsmark: inspiring young people through great art and culture

Curious Minds and Wirral Museums Service are working together to celebrate the creative opportunities that schools in Wirral are offering their young people. We want to ensure schools feel confident that their cultural offer is up to date, and that they are aware of the opportunities available to them.

Every child should have the opportunity to create, compose, and perform, as well as to visit, experience, participate in and review extraordinary work.

Artsmark can help unlock the potential of children and young people, help to develop character and talent, and increase their knowledge. Awarded by Arts Council England, designed by schools, the new Artsmark award helps schools across the country to deliver a high quality arts and cultural education. Artsmark is rewarding more and more schools for championing arts and culture.

Artsmark is open to primary, secondary and special schools, pupil referral units, youth offending teams and sixth form colleges.

Schools don’t need to dedicate a minimum percentage of curriculum time, or fulfill strict criteria. Rather than retrospectively celebrating what you have done, the new process is forward looking to where you school wants to be linked to your School Improvement Plan. Artsmark currently has 4 levels: Silver, Gold, and Platinum.

Key messages:

  • This is forward looking strategic action research linked to the School Improvement Plan. It can help address whole school improvement as well as the arts.
  • There are NO strict criteria. It is flexible and can respond to the needs and priorities of the individual school
  • Not about quantity but quality
  • A way for all education providers to engage with The Cultural Education Challenge
  • There is ongoing support from Curious Minds
  • It can help achieve an Outstanding Ofsted, especially SMSC
  • A Head Teacher or a member of SLT must attend the Development Day

For more information contact our Learning Officer Kathy Heywood or call 0151 666 3537




Learning, Schools
artsmark, learning
Williamson Art Gallery, Oxton, Birkenhead, Wirral