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Danesholme Infant Academy


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  Daneshome Infant Academyreceives prestigious Artsmark Silver Award. Pupils and staff at Daneshome Infant Academy are celebrating after receiving a prestigious Artsmark Award in a momentous year for the programme as it celebrates 20 years of arts, culture and creativity in schools.“At DIA we’re extremely proud of achieving our Artsmark Silver Award. We remain committed to delivering a high-quality arts and cultural education and we look forward to continue to grow with Artsmark.” The Artsmark Award is the only creative quality standard for schools, accredited by Arts Council England. It supports schools to develop and celebrate arts and cultural education, putting creativity and wellbeing at the heart of the curriculum.

    Artsmark ensures every young person can be creative and access a diverse, high-quality cultural education.In order to achieve their Artsmark Award, Daneshome Infant Academyhad to develop their arts and culture provision to embed a broad and ambitious curriculum. This was achieved by creating an overall plan that was committed to and delivered across the whole school. Daneshome Infant Academy] was supported by The Mighty Creatives in planning and developing their objectives. The Mighty Creatives worked alongside the school at various stages to support their Artsmark Award achievement.The Artsmark assessor commended usstating....‘It is good to read of your continued commitment to the Arts throughout the challenges of the pandemic. You adapted to provide remote learning opportunities which included creative music making, dance, stories and performances and it is impressive that your teachers performed live stories to their pupils each day. While provision for clubs, trips and visitors was naturally curtailed, it is good that you are now restoring these enrichments to the curriculum. Your children have experienced a range of arts and cultural experiences, including dance workshops, Dohl Drumming and Diwali art, and have witnessed live performances of plays and music recitals.

    Your drive to support full inclusion in the Arts and developing the 'cultural capital' for all is admirable.’Dr Darren Henley OBE, Chief Executive of the Arts Council, said: “I would like to congratulate Daneshome Infant Academyon their Artsmark Award. Becoming an Artsmark school demonstrates that through offering a broad, ambitious, and creative curriculum, every pupil can develop character and resilience, increasing their knowledge, curiosity and skills that will remain with them through to adult life.” About Artsmark Award This year, the Artsmark Award celebrates its 20th anniversary as the only creative quality standard for schools and education settings. It can help unlock young people’s potential, building their confidence, character, and resilience.Artsmark’s clear and flexible framework can be used to embed creativity across the whole curriculum, address school improvement priorities and ensure every young person can access a diverse, high-quality cultural education.

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