Make Your Future is a hands-on programme that is reinvigorating craft in schools
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.
Make Your Future also lends its name to a campaign supporting craft education. We are asking individuals, organisations and schools to make a pledge to support craft education in whatever way they can.
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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. We’re also offering some schools the chance to accredit students' work with Arts Award.
The next phase of Make Your Future will aim to test the project model in different geographical areas and contexts, in order to establish how the approach can be used to support craft education nationally.
In 2019/20, we're working with a new cohort of partners and schools in Cornwall to explore how the model works in a more rural setting. Alongside Falmouth University, Cornwall College and Leach Pottery, we'll be helping teachers to explore the theme of sustainability through product desgn, textiles and ceramics. Makers will then co-deliver workshops for students at Poltair School, Brannel School, Pool Academy, Hayle Academy, Humphry Davy School, Treviglas Community College, Nine Maidens Alternative Provision Academy and Redruth School.
If your school isn't in one of our Make Your Future regions we'd still love you to be involved. The project is producing a wealth of resources to enrich your school’s craft offer, including session plans, teacher resources, careers resources, and support for schools working towards Artsmark. You can download them all from our Artsmark page, and get in touch if there’s something specific you’d like us to request support with.