Photoworks is proud to be an Artsmark Partner, supporting schools and education settings who are working towards or who currently hold an Artsmark award.

Check out our practical guide to developing your photography provision as part of your Artsmark journey.

Artsmark is the creative quality standard for schools and education settings, awarded by Arts Council England, recognising their commitment to high quality arts and cultural education.

Our artist facilitators are practicing photographers and artists trained to work with schools.  They bring a wealth of experience with them and have proven experience of working successfully with a wide range of children, young people, educators and settings.

Photoworks is a collaborative and supportive partner, responding to schools’ priorities, needs and budget.




How Can Photoworks Support Your Artsmark Journey?

Contact Photoworks directly and we will help in any way we can. We can work with you to develop bespoke projects or workshops, offer free consultation on ways in which photography focused activities can help you to meet specific school development priorities, or help you source funding or resources – signposting to others if we can’t help directly.

How can Photoworks projects and resources help you achieve and maintain your Artsmark Award?

Artsmark accreditation is based on eight criteria:

·  Leadership

·  Curriculum Design

·  Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

·  Children and Young People engagement

·  Range of offer

·  Partnerships

·  Equality and diversity

·  Values and ethos

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Artsmark settings’ development and improvement plans clearly demonstrate an ongoing commitment to the quality of provision and the breadth of arts and cultural education offered across the whole setting.  Clear milestones and methods of evaluating impact are in place.

We believe that photography helps to develop creative thinking skills, problem-solving, team-work, engagement and self-expression.  We co-develop our programmes to cover areas of study and to meet school development priorities, embedding evaluation and impact assessment into all projects.

​​Curriculum Design

Artsmark settings firmly embed the value and impact of a broad arts and cultural curriculum in the curriculum across the whole setting.

Photoworks supports curriculum design by providing stimulus for learning across the curriculum to meet school priorities.  Our programmes give schools the opportunity to access some of the best of photography. Teachers can develop these ideas further and identify their own opportunities for differentiation and extension.

​​Continued Professional Development

Artsmark settings provide evidence of a clear commitment to CPD across the breadth of arts and culture for all members of staff, and allocate appropriate resources for this.

Photoworks programmes provide CPDL in photography theory and practice applicable across the curriculum – both inside and beyond the classroom.  Our programmes develop teachers’ skills and confidence at all levels in order to leave a legacy of creative teaching and learning embedded in the school.  Our artist facilitators are all practicing artists.

Children and Young People Engagement

In Artsmark settings, all children and young people can talk enthusiastically about, and demonstrate their knowledge, skills, understanding and experience of a broad range of high quality arts and cultural provision.  The setting uses the Quality Principles to plan and measure the impact of engagement.

Photoworks’ Learning programmes put children and young people at the centre, ensuring that they feel ownership and can contribute.  Resources give children and young people from a range of backgrounds and needs opportunities to engage, reflect and review high quality photography from around the world.

Range of offer

Artsmark settings demonstrate that they provide wide-ranging and high quality arts and cultural experiences, during and outside normal teaching hours, for all children and young people.

Photoworks learning programmes support a culture of creativity in school.


Artsmark settings demonstrate that they understand the value of working with a broad range of partners to provide and deliver high quality arts and cultural education.

​​Photoworks has extensive experience and expertise around working flexibly in partnership with schools to co-develop programmes of student and teacher activity that meet school priorities.  Teachers are encouraged to build relationships with us and other teachers over the long term and share practice and learning.

Equality and Diversity

Artsmark settings’ Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) evidence, or equivalent evidence, demonstrates a commitment to equality of education and the opportunity for all children and young people with protected characteristics (as defined in the Equality Act 2010) to take part in arts and cultural experiences.

Photoworks champions inclusivity and relevance throughout our programme. We prioritise learning opportunities for those with protected characteristics and have particular experience of working with vulnerable children and young people. In 2020 we made a public commitment that at least half of our programme will feature or support Black or PoC artists by April 2022 reflecting our work with artists from around the world, as well as our ambition to reflect the communities within which we work. This in turn gives pupils and students a greater understanding of the world, contributing towards Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) learning and enriching Cultural Capital.

Values and Ethos

Artsmark settings actively promote a life-long love for learning and enjoyment of arts and culture through a range of experiences and opportunities.  This is reflected in the setting’s environment, ethos and the shared language used to celebrate and promote their achievements in arts and culture.

Photoworks programmes enable teachers to link the work to the broader curriculum so that pupils and students can apply their learning in a wider context.


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Artsmark’s Quality Principles are embedded in our offer


Striving for excellence and innovation

All our programmes strive for excellence and innovation.  We evaluate and use feedback from children and young people and other partners and stakeholders to report on our work and evolve our practice.

Being authentic

Our artist facilitators are practicing professional artists and photographers.

Being exciting, inspiring and engaging

Our programmes are designed to excite children and young people and engage with photography and often new ways of thinking about topics and expressing their views.

Ensuring a positive and inclusive experience

We create safe places to learn.  Our artist facilitators are experienced in working with a wide range of children and young people.  We have particular experience of working with vulnerable children and young people and of projects supporting mental health and wellbeing.

Actively involving children and young people

Our programmes actively seek involvement and co-development from children and young people as well as educators.  Project feedback always includes the voices of children and young people.

Enabling personal progression

Our programmes all have clear aims and objectives, developed in collaboration with educators.

Developing belonging and ownership

Children and young people are central in our programming. We regularly consult young people and often co-develop programmes that reflect the interests of young people we work with.

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