What is Making a Mark?

Making a Mark is an exciting programme in the Tees Valley that offers schools a new way to deliver cultural education across the curriculum. Where we live and grow up is an important part of our identity. Making a Mark encourages students to understand more about, and feel proud of, their local heritage and identity, and in so doing raises their aspirations.

Making a Mark supports students to explore culture and heritage through active, enquiry-based and creative learning sessions in local museums. Students discover what an amazing region they live in and how they too can achieve.

Since January 2013, the programme has worked with over 250 schools in the Tees Valley and delivered well over 40,000 visits. Making a Mark is offered by eight museums across the Tees Valley so there are plenty of opportunities to get involved if your school has not done so already.

Programmes are offered by: Kirkleatham Museum, Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum, Captain Cook Birthplace Museum, The Dorman Museum, Hartlepool Museum and Art Gallery, Head of Steam Museum and Preston Park Museum. In addition mima in Middlesbrough offers the Making a Mark Arts Award Discover for primary students.

Making a Mark can support curriculum topics in Science, Geography, Art and Design and English as well as new Local History study units. Our online classroom resources for teachers enable you to extend museum visits or enrich classroom learning.

Making a Mark is supported by the National Portrait Gallery, funded by DFE and is part of the Arts Council’s Museums and Schools initiative.