Arts Award Start Up Packages for Schools and Colleges

Start-up and Progression (SUP) Packages:
Schools, colleges and formal education settings

The Mighty Creatives (TMC) are offering a limited number of support packages for schools, colleges and formal education settings who want to deliver the Arts Award qualification for the first time or progress their delivery to a new level.

What are the Arts Award Start-up packages?

These packages are available to settings who work with children and young people, including schools, colleges and formal education settings. You are eligible if you don’t currently offer the Arts Award and want to deliver the award for the first time. We also have packages available for those who wish to expand their delivery to a different level from their current offer.

The package will give you:

  • 2 spaces on Arts Award Adviser training
  • A £1000 grant towards the delivery and moderation of your Arts Award
  • Advice and support throughout the project as part of the Start-up Package Network

What is Arts Award?

Arts Award is a nationally recognised qualification that enables children and young people to explore the arts and culture whilst developing their creative, leadership and communication skills.

Arts Award is delivered at five levels, four are accredited and recognised on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) and one is an introductory level. The levels are:

Arts Award is managed by Trinity College London in association with Arts Council England.

The award is a fantastic way for young people to create a portfolio of evidence to share their creative learning as well as:

  • Develop and learn new skills
  • Develop their own creative practise as a young artist
  • Engage, experience and discover the world of the arts and artists
  • Develop leadership and communication skills
  • Have the opportunity to teach creative skills and collaborate with others

How does it work?

To deliver Arts Award in your setting you will need an adviser trained at the appropriate level. This training is offered as part of the package for two staff members:

  • Discover and Explore Arts Award
  • Bronze and Silver Arts Award

For more information on the awards please visit

What will I get?

What do I have to achieve?

  • For Discover and Explore level we are looking to support organisations who can take through a minimum of 35 young people
  • For Bronze and Silver, we are looking to support organisations who can take through a minimum of 20 young people

NB: These numbers are for guidance, if you feel your organisation has other considerations (e.g. working in a SEN setting or a small school) please get in touch with us.

  • The number on your application will be included in your grant agreement with The Mighty Creatives, if you do not reach these figures your grant amount may be affected.
  • You must commit to two members of staff being trained as Arts Award Advisers on the dates specified below
  • You must submit your Arts Awards for Moderation by the 31st January 2023 or before
  • You must provide TMC with a finalised timeline for delivery after your attendance at the adviser training and the mapping and planning session. Project updates and a final project report at the end of your delivery are also required.
  • You may be asked to provide equal opportunities data regarding your organisation and your staff.  You may also be required to provide equal opportunities data regarding any beneficiaries of the work as part of your end point report.  Templates will be provided to assist with this process.

Am I eligible?

To apply for these packages, you must be:

  • Delivering Arts Award for the first time


  • Delivering at a new level
  • Based in the East Midlands
  • Be a primary school, secondary school, college or any other formal education setting

Who are we looking for?

  • We are looking for settings based in the East Midlands who want to deliver the award for the first time or are looking to deliver the award at a different level from their current offer
  • We are looking for settings who want to trial, test and pilot the delivery of the award and those who are looking to embed the award against their current educational delivery
  • We are looking for settings who can share what impact they believe delivering Arts Award will have on the young people they work with, and how this links to their future planning
  • We are looking for proposals with ambitious plans for Arts Award.

You will be expected to use this grant to cover your moderation costs or support funding you may already have available. More information on certification and moderation costs can be found here.

Each applicant will be expected to have a pre-application phone call with The Mighty Creatives to discuss the offer and how this could support your work. Please get in touch to arrange this.

How do I apply?

To apply for a SUP package, you need to check you are eligible for the funding and complete the online application form by 25th May 2022 at 5pm

Important dates for your calendar:

Adviser Training Dates (we will ask you to book onto ONE of the following dates)

  • 15th June 2022 Discover & Explore Online Adviser Training – AM
  • 16th June 2022 Bronze & Silver Online Adviser Training – AM
  • 20th June 2022 Discover & Explore Online Adviser Training – PM
  • 23rd June 2022 Bronze & Silver Online Adviser Training – PM

Mapping and Planning Session

  • 30th June 2022 Twilight session-Online

Mid-point meeting:

  • 29th September 2022: Twilight mid-point meeting

Pre-moderation session:

  • 19th January 2023: Twilight pre-moderation session

Final report:

  • 31st January 2023: Final report evaluation due

Moderation deadline:

  • 31st January 2023: Moderation deadline


Why do Arts Award?

  • Schools have reported the award has had a positive impact on students’ literacy, engagement and attendance.
  • Arts Award raises students’ aspirations and provides motivation for young people. The award helps students build skills they need for success in school, further education and employment.
  • The four qualifications are recognised on the RQF. Accreditation starts at entry Level 3 and goes up to Level 3, which has UCAS points attached. There is also an introductory level.
  • Training staff as an adviser supports their professional development.
  • Offering Arts Award can contribute to achieving Artsmark status, a sign of commitment to high quality arts and cultural education. It can also enable you to facilitate a more student led curriculum.
  • Arts Award can provide a great way to bring arts and cultural experiences to the children and young people you work with, supporting ACE’s Cultural Education Challenge.
  • And it’s fun!

What can I spend the grant money on?

  • Arts Award logbooks or guides
  • Fees for workshops with a professional specialist
  • General art materials and printing costs
  • Tickets and travel for events
  • Hire of specialist equipment or specialist venues
  • Certificates and moderation costs
  • Specific access requirements e.g. BSL/other translators; assistive technology specifically related to the Arts Award project

I have more questions, who can I talk to?

If you have any more questions about these packages, please contact Sophie or Clare on 0116 2616 834 or email