Delivering Bronze Arts Award digitally with Charanga

Delivering Bronze Arts Award digitally with Charanga

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BY: Julie Neville
25 Oct 2022

Regular readers of our Arts Award blog will have heard about our national partnership with Charanga, the Brighton-based music education and technology company.

In this week’s blog, we’re excited to share news of Charanga’s most recent addition to its award-winning music teaching and learning platform: an interactive digital Bronze Arts Award Portfolio. The launch of Charanga’s Portfolio will be supported by a Teacher Guide, and a dedicated webinar series, details of this are at the end of this post. I recently caught up with Charanga for a chat to find out more.

Charanga Arts Award Area page screenshotCharanga provides content and resources for primary and secondary schools, music specialists and those working in SEND settings. They also work with 80% of local authorities, music services, and hubs. Subscribers to Charanga are given access to Yumu, a safe online space for students to learn, play and develop their musical skills and knowledge. It’s through the Yumu learning platform that the new Portfolio can be shared with the young people you’re working with. Anyone wanting to try it out without subscribing to Charanga can request a free 30-day trial.

In addition, advisers are encouraged to log into Charanga’s new Arts Award Area. You’ll find downloadable Discover logs, additional information about adviser training, supporting webinars and Teacher Guides, and a special discount on the certificate/qualification fee at Discover, Explore and Bronze levels.

Getting to know Charanga’s digital Bronze Arts Award PortfolioAda Green Part A

Within Yumu’s teacher-facing area, you can create a Student Group and give young people access to the Portfolio. A messaging feature enables dialogue between teachers, individual students and groups. You’ll be able to view all Portfolio evidence uploaded by your students. If your centre is selected for moderation, you can create a shareable URL for each Portfolio and preview or download the evidence saved in it.

Young people using Yumu will have full access to the Portfolio 24/7, enabling them to upload their evidence, add text, track their progress or submit everything to their adviser for feedback.

Teachers can monitor and see things develop at a class level or look in more detail at individual students’ work – for example, how long a person has been logged in and the resources they have accessed.

Teacher view of student group

‘Arts Award offers a great framework for supporting musical progression and celebrating young people’s achievements across all art forms,’ said Madeleine Casson, Charanga’s Education Director. ‘It reflects our belief that music learning should be inclusive and enjoyable, helping young people develop 21st-century skills and grow up as kind, curious, and open-minded people who are sensitive and knowledgeable about music and the arts. We’re delighted to launch our digital Bronze Arts Award Portfolio, our Arts Award Area, and all the interactive resources it contains, enabling teachers to deliver Arts Award at Discover and Bronze levels digitally.

Two-way messagingCharanga webinars and CPD

Using Charanga Arts Award Discover resources – aimed at trained Arts Award advisers

4–4.45 pm on 17/11/2022

Presenting students with their Arts Award Discover certificate celebrates musical achievement and provides evidence of their engagement in structured learning. Specially-designed Charanga Arts Award Discover Logs and Teacher Guides can help with your lesson planning. We’ll look at how these resources can support teachers’ delivery of Arts Award Discover, reduce their workload and help students document their musical journeys.    

Book your place here.

Please note: Arts Award is only available to UK-based schools and organisations    

Delivering Bronze Arts Award with Charanga – aimed at trained Arts Award advisers

4–4.45 pm on 24/11/2022

Bronze Arts Award offers an accessible way for young people aged 11 and over to achieve a qualification based on a personalised musical journey and provides a flexible framework for planning sessions with clear outcomes. This session will show you how our groundbreaking digital Bronze Portfolio offers a new way for students to evidence their work and is an effective way for teachers to monitor progress and carry out assessments.

Book your place here

Please note: Arts Award Bronze is recommended for students aged 11 and over and is available to UK-based schools and organisations

 For further information and support, contact Charanga’s Arts Award team at

Images - screen shots:

Image 1 - top left: Charanga Arts Award area landing page

Image 2 - top right: student view - Ada Green's Bronze Part A

Image 3 - first centred image: teacher progress view

Image 4 - second centred image: teacher view with message pane

Header image (drum kit): Newminster Middle School by Geoff Love

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