Arts Award

Arts Award can be accredited at different levels to suit your students and can include new activities linked to the curriculum, or it can be used to celebrate work which has already taken place.

This is a generalist Arts qualification, which can be gained through music, or in a cross-artform approach.

Teachers and DM associates will choose which arts award is  appropriate for the students involved. This will often be the ‘Explore’ or ‘Bronze’ levels Arts Award.

The Drake Music team will work with teaching staff at your school to plan the content of the Arts Awards project together and then will support delivery at intervals throughout.

It could be based on a new theme or your existing curriculum. It may be that you choose to use existing activities in order to recognise work and celebrate it through arts award.

The project will finish after 15 weeks, but the flexible nature of arts award means that students do not necessarily have to submit their work at this point. This allows the course to be tailored to meet the needs of different pupils.

Teaching staff will receive one final visit from DM Associate Musicians when they are ready to submit their work, along with email support throughout.


  • Students gain an accredited qualification in the arts
  • Increased skills and knowledge for teaching staff in measuring musical progression of young disabled people
  • Students’ musical skills developed
  • Increased expectations of what young disabled people can achieve

Arts Award is suitable for young people who want a generalist accreditation.

The school needs to have a dedicated quiet space for the sessions, and to be able to ensure the same members of staff are in each session.

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Email Tom McGrath to discuss how your school could benefit from introducing Arts Award.