Make Your Future brings together expert partners, secondary schools, and makers to reignite a passion for making in schools and tackle some of the challenges faced by craft education.
Craft education is in crisis: pressure on school budgets and a devaluation of creative subjects has seen a sharp decrease in the time, space, and resources dedicated to art, craft and design subjects in school.
In the first three years of Make Your Future, the Crafts Council have worked in 63 schools, with 117 teachers, to engage over 4280 pupils across Yorkshire, Birmingham and London.
Art and DT teachers are at the heart of the project; they work with our expert partners to learn new craft skills, enriching their own creative practice and bringing new approaches into the classroom. Professional makers work alongside teachers to carry out audits of school equipment, put under-used resources to work and deliver cutting-edge workshops that offer students new experiences of making. The project has built our experience of craft education on the ground, feeding into the creation of a range of teaching resources.