Open accessibilty tools

Arts Award

Arts Award is all about supporting young people to deepen their engagement with the arts. It’s a great way to nurture and celebrate enthusiasm and skill at the lower levels and talent and leadership at the higher levels.

At Discover and Explore levels, the framework is suitable for whole classes to take part and provides a useful structure for ensuring that students get a rounded view across the Arts. As students progress through Bronze to Gold levels, towards a national qualification, the Award tends to be better suited to small groups or individuals.

Our Museums can support any Arts Award, however we have a wide range of programmes that work at Discover and Explore level. Many of these can be integrated into class topics and make full use of the museum visit as a central part of the Award, reducing any impact on teacher workload. We can provide Tees Valley Arts Award materials and help out with marking and moderation. If you are interested in your students gaining an Arts Award, please contact Project Coordinator Leon Francis:

Teachers, please feel free to share the arts award resources with your parents and children.  To help you introduce Arts Award here is an editable word document you can add to your homeschooling apps or email to parents.

Watch the video below or visit the Arts Award Website to find out more about each of the five levels of Arts Award and what they entail.

Case Studies

Art installation within a school

Arts Award Discover - Captain Cook Birthplace Museum

"Arts Award as part of the museum learning offer has proven particularly popular with teachers over the last few years. Some are surprised that coming to a museum can be part of an Arts Award journey - but most of our museums hold artworks of some kind and art is a great way to engage and inspire children of all ages and abilities to learn more about history." Jenny Phillips, Learning Officer

Arts Award Explore - using Museum in Your Classroom

In 2017 Tees Valley Museums worked with local teachers to develop the Museum in Your Classroom Toolkit - a free resource designed for teachers to create a school exhibition with their class.

Learn how a local primary school used the Toolkit to help their students gain Arts Award Explore through an exhibition inspired by the pioneering industrial designer Christopher Dresser.