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


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

Add some sparkle to your Christmas show with Arts Award!

It’s a busy time in schools at the moment – not only are teachers battling end of term fatigue, but many schools are in the final throes of putting together their end of year performance. In primary schools this is usually a nativity or Christmas celebration, while secondary schools could have anything from carol services to full-blown musicals, recitals, dance shows and art exhibitions. It’s exhausting just thinking of the options!

But the good news (apart from all the mince pies which hopefully have appeared in your staff rooms) is that Arts Award fits fantastically well with all of these events. We wanted to share just some of the ways you can bring even more value to your winter productions, and help your young people gain their Arts Award at the same time.

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Tips for Assessment: Bronze

2S4B0486Our last top tips blog offered some quick pointers for any advisers assessing Explore work ahead of moderation. Because we know there’s also a lot of Bronze moderations coming up we’ve got some guidance for any advisers about to assess Bronze portfolios too! As before this is based on queries to the team and feedback from moderators… Continue reading