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Our Programmes / Skills in the Making

Skills in the Making is supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and is designed to improve the level of craft and design knowledge amongst school teachers.

It is a professional development programme which enables art, design and craft teachers and trainees to meet some of the UK's leading makers, find out about their work and explore the value of learning through making. This knowledge will in turn be passed on to their pupils and will help improve the standards of craft and design education in British schools. Artists involved in the programme include highly respected figures such as metalwork artist Junko Mori, ceramist Kate Malone and Jerwood Prize winner Caroline Broadhead.

Skills in the Making provides a timely and lively response to Ofsted's latest survey, Drawing Together: Art, Craft and Design in Schools (2009), which found that craft and design were poorly taught or neglected in many schools.

The programme is designed to improve this situation by offering teachers an inspirational opportunity to further their knowledge through direct contact with leading artists, access to specialist learning resources and opportunities for sharing best practice.

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Skills in The Making from The Making on Vimeo.

The programme is being piloted with Oxford Brookes University and further developed by the University of London's Institute of Education and the University of Greenwich in order to provide an in-depth model for delivery that can be replicated by other initial teacher training courses throughout the country.

Click here for details of current INSET and professional development opportunities for teachers.

Learning Resources

These carefully researched and high quality resources are intended for use by teachers of art, craft and design, and design technology to help you get started with making in the classroom. Much of the information was supplied by the artists who contributed to the Skills in the Making workshop programme 2009-12, funded by The Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

Working with Ceramics (Word & pdf)

Working with Textiles (Word & pdf)

Working with Metal (Word & pdf)

Working across the Curriculum (Word & pdf)


The Aims of Skills in the Making

Download them here:

doc The Aims of Skills in the Making.doc (67 KB)
pdf The Aims of Skills in the Making.pdf (40KB)

Skills in the Making targets craft shortfall in UK school

This summer The Making launches a new educational programme to bring craft and design directly into British schools.

pdf click for press release: 15 September 2009 (57 KB)