This section of the website focuses upon the contemporary, heritage and architecture led crafts, and seeks to provide a resource for teachers working with and advocating for the position and value of craft in education.
This section also showcases the resources provided by the Skills in the Making programme, funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. Follow the links for definitions of crafts practice, makers websites, materials, suppliers, books and much more.
Craft is an inclusive, democratic subject area, allowing engagement at all levels of ability. It represents creative process, progress and practice, and with its understanding of materials, systems and human needs, plays not only an important role in education, but in its contribution to the economy, culture and society, and in the creative use and enjoyment of leisure.
By studying craft based making skills, through practical application, young people will develop transferable skills that will enable them to create practical solutions to problem solving, develop visual awareness, and work individually and in teams. They will appreciate the relationship of craft to issues such as social inclusion, cultural diversity and the environmental, understand the relevance of craft to the economy and the creative industries and have a starting point for leisure pursuits that they might engage in for the rest of their lives.