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Festival of Education: supporting children in the arts

Arts Award exhibiting at the Telegraph Festival of Education

Posted by Fiona Cowan | June 15, 2017 | School life

Arts Award is a unique set of qualifications that supports children and young people up to the age of 25 to enjoy the arts and develop as artists and arts leaders. Young people of all abilities and interests can gain an Arts Award through any arts, media or cultural activity.

Arts Award offers national qualifications that enable young people to progress into further education and employment. Since Arts Award launched in 2005, over 300,000 awards have been achieved at one of five levels – Discover, Explore, Bronze, Silver & Gold. In addition, young people develop communication and professional skills that are essential for success in 21st century life.

Burnley Youth Theatre, photo Andy Bulmer

Arts Award has five levels, four regulated qualifications and an introductory level*. The award assesses art form knowledge and understanding, creativity and communication skills and helps to prepare young people for further education and employment. Trained Arts Award advisers (usually a professional artist, teacher or youth worker) support young people to achieve their aspirations. For more information about Arts Award, call 020 7820 6178 or visit

Arts Award is managed by Trinity College London in association with Arts Council England working with 10 regional Bridge organisations.

Uckfield Community Technology College, photo Kirsten Holst

Trinity College London is an international exam board that has been providing assessments since 1877. With a rich heritage of academic rigour and a positive, supportive approach to assessment, Trinity provides recognised and respected qualifications across a unique spectrum of communicative skills, including English language, music, rock & pop, drama and arts activities.  

*Gold is recognised at Level 3 on the RQF (and also carries UCAS tariff points), Silver at Level 2, Bronze at Level 1 and Explore at Entry Level 3. Arts Award Discover is an introductory level which is not recognised on the RQF. RQF is the new Regulated Qualifications Framework that replaces the Qualifications and Credit Framework.

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Main image: National Youth Dance Company, photo Kirsten Holst

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