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Light UP is proud to be working in partnership with schools and settings on their Artsmark Award journey. By supporting Artsmark settings, we’re helping put the arts at the heart of education, inspiring young people to create, experience and participate in high quality arts and culture.

Why Artsmark?

The Artsmark Award is the only creative quality standard for schools and education settings, accredited by Arts Council England. Light UP is pleased to support schools and other settings in exploring their own creativity and how it can be used to further develop confidence, character and commitment.

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  • Build young people’s confidence, character and resilience through arts and cultural education


  • Use Artsmark’s clear and flexible framework to embed creativity across your whole curriculum and use it to address school improvement priorities


  • Celebrate your long-term commitment to cultural education with pupils, parents and your local community


  • Support the health and wellbeing of pupils through arts and culture


  • Strengthen pupil voice and develop young people’s leadership skills through Artsmark

Who is Artsmark for?

Artsmark with Light UP is open to primary, secondary and special schools, pupil referral units and sixth form colleges.


As Artsmark is an Arts Council England programme, only settings in England (including BFPO schools) are eligible to register.

Our Light UP Artsmark Offering 

Light UP is excited to be an Artsmark Partner, offering extra-curricular drama and arts-based activities on or off the stage in the setting of your choosing. Light UP develops and delivers high quality performances across all we offer, ensuring that best practice standards are met, including holding Enhanced DBS checks on everyone we work with. As a not-for-profit company we are committed to investing in our students and the opportunities we can extend to children, young people, families and the local community.


We fully believe in the life changing benefits of arts education and providing accessibility through engaging, creative and unexpected experiences that make us Light UP.


Whether you are just starting your Artsmark journey, well on the way or only considering getting started, we have a number of different offers catering to Primary, Secondary and 6th Form students. Since Light UP is also an Arts Award Centre, specialising in Discover and Explore Awards, we use Arts Award as the framework for a number of our offers which can easily include Arts Award to provide an even more rewarding experience for your students that your whole school community can celebrate.


If you choose to work with us, here are just some of the ways we can Light UP your Artsmark journey . . .

Session and Workshop delivery


Curriculum Workshops: From £250 (3 hours) £500 (full day) we can plan bespoke arts-based or themed workshops for a range of settings, needs and abilities. Prior workshops include Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Spiderwick, Harry Potter and Matilda. All equipment and materials are included.

Drama Inset Days: Our inset days are designed to take the stress and expense out of childcare provisions for working parents while providing an enriching and educational day for their children, whilst earning money for your school. All materials are supplied. Staff attending are DBS and Paediatric First Aid certified. Prices begin at £25 per student, to be paid by the parent at the time of booking. 15% of the funds will be given to the school’s PTA as part of our charitable aims.


Play-in-a-Day Workshops: From £650 (full day), together with our UP team we are here to educate, inspire and help produce an original play to be performed by your students at the end of our rehearsal day. There is nothing like having to work under pressure to see the resilience, teamwork and creativity needed to inspire and produce great results from your students. Creating an original piece is a unique and rewarding experience that provides participants a sense of ownership and achievement that is unmatched. Students will be supported by our team in creating their concept, story framework and dialogue, as well as enjoy a brief lesson on character and story development, improvisation and technical design. All components of this show will be created, designed, performed and run by your students in order to get a comprehensive and fully hands-on understanding of everything that goes into mounting a production. Resources and materials will be supplied and a full evaluation will be supplied in our report.

We can provide a variety of options for young learners, school aged children, young people, adults and teaching staff.


All of our offerings can be adapted to suit the needs of your setting and we’re also happy to create a bespoke scheme of work for settings that would like more flexibility or to link up with your current curriculum.

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