I’ve been working at the Crafts Council since August 2017, as Project Manager on Make Your Future. The project was developed from the research findings in our education manifesto and aims to bring craft back into the classroom, with a really hands on focus – but also incorporating STEAM in its broadest sense, looking at digital technology, the science and maths that naturally occurs in any designing and making and links with all our creative industries.
The project initially runs for three years and in September we launched our year two provision. After the first three years, the project will continue and develop based on our findings from the first few years.
Each new year sees us working very intensively with 24 schools over three regions and offering high quality CPD for teachers in a leading University. This teacher development is then followed by professional makers visiting the schools to deliver a series of hands on practical workshops for young people to experience making and thinking with their hands. The teachers and makers work together on this as a team with teachers building confidence in new craft skills, to teach for many years to come where ever they are working. We have three current specialism’s - textiles in Yorkshire, ceramics in London and metal in Birmingham. All carefully chosen, linked to the history of the region and the crafts they have supported in the past and still do today.
It’s been an incredible project to work on so far and I can see it making a difference in schools and young people across the country. We made a film to celebrate the first year of the project, you can view it here...https://vimeo.com/247284771