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Make Your Future

Make Your Future is a hands-on programme that is reinvigorating craft in schools

Make Your Future brings together Higher Education Institutions, cultural partners, secondary schools, and makers to reignite a passion for making in schools and tackle some of the challenges faced by craft education. 

The project is shining a light on craft as a cross-curricular bridge which draws together science, technology, and creative subjects. In Year 1, Birmingham schools have worked with Birmingham City University’s world-class School of Jewellery to explore techniques ranging from saw piercing to electro-etching and 3D printing. A focus on Yorkshire’s rich textiles heritage has seen schools paired with Leeds University's School of Design and Leeds Arts University experimenting with techniques including hand-dyeing, screen printing, and CAD. At Central St Martin’s, West London schools have developed new ceramics techniques ranging from hand-building and glazing to innovative digital processes. 

In all regions, professional makers have been recruited to work alongside teachers to deliver cutting-edge workshops in schools. Makers have carried out audits of school equipment and supported teachers to put under-used resources to work and offer students new experiences of making. We’re also offering some schools the chance to accredit students work with Arts Award.

We’re currently recruiting schools to take part in Year 3 of the project. If your school is in Birmingham, London (Ealing, Brent, Hammersmith and Fulham, Barnet and Harrow), or Yorkshire, and you’re interested in taking part, please contact us via participation@craftscouncil.org.uk

We’re aiming to spread the impact of Make Your Future across the country and we’d like you to be involved! As we complete our pilot year, we’re developing resources to offer to schools beyond our three clusters— please get in touch and let us know how we can support you. Our long-term goal is to work in partnership to deliver Make Your Future in other regions— let us know how we might work together to achieve this.

You can read regular updates over on the Make Your Future blog You can also stay in touch by signing up to our newsletter.