Arts Award & Architecture: Behind the scenes look at how Thomas Gainsborough school delivers Bronze

AA good practice centre logo 2017-18Today on the blog we have a real treat for you – a behind the scenes look at how one centre delivers Bronze Arts Award.

Thomas Gainsborough School has been an Arts Award centre since 2014 and their delivery has gone from strength to strength. Last year they delivered Arts Award to over 400 students – an amazing achievement Arts Award lead and teacher of Art, Craft and Design Lucy Nichol describes how they achieve such fantastic success. Continue reading


Your Creative Guide To Delivering An Arts Award This Festive Season

The days are getting shorter, the weather is turning colder, and as we hope desperately for snow on the big day, it’s a great opportunity for classrooms up and down the country to be getting stuck in to winter craft activities.

Never one to miss an opportunity to get messy and tie creative activities to the festive season, the Arts Award team has come up with five of our favourite craft projects young people can not only get involved in but also link an Arts Award to. Continue reading

Arts Award joins #TrinityOnTour to successfully deliver to hundreds of Young People

Trinity1712_091_LowOver the past term, Arts Development Manager Annabel Thomas has been on tour with Trinity Rock and Pop, celebrating Trinity College London’s new Rock and Pop syllabus, and delivering hundreds of Arts Awards at the same time! On the blog this week, we round up the amazing musical Arts Awards delivered as part of this programme and explore using Arts Award Discover with whole class ensemble teaching (WCET). Continue reading

STEAM Powered Creativity

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The concept of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) is something we’ve discussed previously, especially when it comes to the idea of incorporating the Arts to create a STEAM education focus. Including creative subjects alongside STEM is vital to giving children and young people a well-rounded education. We also know that can be a challenge, which is why we wanted to offer some ideas on how you can turn STEM into STEAM!
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KS2 Arts Award – Where do I start?

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Abbey Catholic Primary School

Good Practice Centre Abbey Catholic Primary School will be blogging their Arts Award journey as part of their Good Practice Centre year. The school runs Arts Award at Discover through to Bronze, enjoying the challenges and celebrations of achievement the award brings to their pupils. In their first instalment, Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) and Arts Award lead Rebecca Lonergan, discuss how they got started with their programme. Continue reading

Digital Portfolio Platforms Resource

Digital Platforms pg 04We’ve seen a rising number of young people completing their Arts Awards digitally in recent years, in a variety of different formats. So many that it can all be rather daunting if you haven’t worked digitally or online much before. That’s why we’ve produced a great new resource showcasing some of the platforms we’ve seen successfully used to create Arts Award portfolios. Continue reading