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Arts Award Programmes


School Improvement:

The Arts:

Curriculum Programme | Raising Attainment

  • Alternative curriculum provision with a targeted learner group OR whole year group – KS3, KS4 or KS5
  • Targeted learner groups: tackling underachievement; nurturing talent; young people with Special Educational Needs
  • Supports GCSE/A Level course work
  • Supports independent learning

Skills Development | Qualifications

  • Accredited on the Qualifications and Credit Framework at Levels 1, 2 or 3 (level 3 studies carrying 35 UCAS points) 
  • Skills-based programmes, including elements of leadership, research and investigation
  • Studio and/or Gallery visits
  • Career pathways



Bow Arts provides an accredited Arts Award Advisor/Lead Artist to deliver a structured programme of creative arts activities, tailored to the individual needs and interests of the participants in the group. The framework of the programme varies at each level of the award, but broadly covers:

  • Taking Part in the Arts – working towards an individual arts challenge
  • Being an audience member – attending an arts event/s
  • Researching arts practitioners, their careers or local arts opportunities
  • Arts Apprenticeship/Leadership – leading an arts activity with peers or another group and/or supporting a professional practising artist in their work

Suggested guided learning hours at each level of the award are:

40 – Bronze                    60 – Silver                    90 - Gold

The Arts Award can be delivered as a bespoke alternative curriculum programme, as part of core curriculum delivery (at KS3, GCSE, BTEC, A Level), or as an enrichment activity.

Illustrative Outputs:

  • Artist-led workshop sessions in school
  • Original artworks – 2D, 3D and/or digital artworks
  • Student leadership activities with peers or another group
  • Gallery or studio visit
  • Student exhibition or showcase

Outcomes and Impact (taken from a recent KS4 targeted Programme):

  • 100% of participants gained an additional accredited qualification at Level 1, 2 or 3.
  • 100% of participants demonstrated new skills in the creation of original artwork
  • 92% of participants reported an increase in confidence following their leadership activities


Project Costs:

From £1,965 + materials (based on 5 workshop days @ £270 + 2 co-ordination, assessment and moderation days + planning @ £75)

+ registration and moderation costs – approx. £20 per young person

Costs vary dependant on the number of young people, workshop sessions and groups taking part


"It is absolutely fantastic that all the students involved were successful in achieving this award.  The girls really enjoyed it and I fully believe that participation in the Arts Award has raised their achievement, self-esteem and indeed their awareness of the wider community." Head of Art

Further Ideas:

Run the Arts Award as an after school or holiday activity

Support pupils to lead short activities for their parents to share their learning

Join forces with other local schools and host your activity jointly, offer a wider range of arts options


Education & Learning

Bow Arts, 183 Bow Road, London, E3 2SJ

T:  020 8980 7774