Just a note about Artsmark as we ran some training this afternoon. Information about the next round (round 10) will be published on the Artsmark website at the end of July. As usual there will be some slight changes but it makes sense to use this year's materials for an initial rough audit this term. This should enable schools to begin to build any changes into next year's programme. It would be sensible to ensure that the school has an 'Arts Policy' this term. It would allow time for it to be approved by governors. It would also get 'buy in' from colleagues, SLT and governors - without this it will be an uphill task.
It is worth noting that rumour has it that the Arts Mark criteria may well change in response to the new curriculum models in both secondary and primary phases. This is clearly appropriate. It may also be that a radical rethink of the programme might take place - it is increasingly expensive to administer with increasing numbers of schools applying. The Arts Council are making no guarrantees about the future of Arts Mark beyond this next round.