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Artsmark Gold Award

Arts Council England celebrates school's ongoing commitment to arts and cultural education at a leadership level, and the opportunities established across the whole school setting.Our statement of Commitment and Case Study have been reviewed by our assessment panel and we are delighted that Royal Free Hospital Children's School has been awarded an Artsmark Gold Award. Congratulations to Siobhan our creative arts leader and the whole team.

The panel made the following comment about our submission:
"The detail and level of reflection in this Case Study was noteworthy. It is pleasing to read such a nuanced account of the effects of an arts rich learning offer. The range of arts offers at the RFH school is thoughtful and rooted in forms of pedagogy which are sensitively linked to learner's needs. The range of connections to artists who help enrich practice is impressive, as is the school's commitment to learner's personal progression. The use of pupil consultation in this regard was also very impressive. The commitment to CPD is very high and staff are developing a strong skill set with regard to the arts and learning, moving beyond confidence to engage into the realm of sophisticated operation of arts pedagogies. This is reflected in the emerging outward-facing work nationally and internationally, including the Erasmus programme where school staff and governors travelled to Finland to learn from the key values of their pioneering education system and to share positive aspects of UK practice with Finnish teachers. For the future, as you reflect on the relationship between the arts and therapeutic education practices, it would be great to hear further detail about the effective pedagogies the school employs and accounts of their effects on learners. It would also be good to hear more about the school's ongoing connections with other schools and examples of the ways you share practice and champion the effects and effectiveness of arts-based learning.
Congratulations on your Artsmark Gold Award!"