Craft and Making Education in Scotland

Craft and Making Education in Scotland is a research project that maps craft education and makes recommendations to best tackle inequality, change perceptions of craft, identify career paths, and facilitate new opportunities for all of Scotland’s young people.

About

Craft and Making Education in Scotland is research, authored by Rosemary James-Beith, that maps craft and making education happening across Scotland in primary schools, secondary schools and beyond.

Drawing upon existing research, a survey of both teachers and makers and a set of key case studies, the report identifies key issues and makes recommendations to tackle inequality in craft education; change perceptions of craft; identify career paths; and facilitate new experiences and opportunities for all of Scotland’s young people.

Our advocacy campaign, MAKE Learn is built on these recommendations and is championing the long term value of teaching craft and making skills from early years through to further education.

Presented through a Scottish Parliamentary Briefing Event and a Scottish Parliamentary Exhibition in 2023, MAKE Learn calls for:

  • An entitlement for every primary school child of 10 hours of craft and making in the classroom every year. This is the equivalent of 1% of the school year.
  • The inclusion of craft in the Expressive Art curriculum with an addition to the Art and Design Experiences and Outcomes Benchmarks.

Project Resources

Report

Craft and Making Education in Scotland Today: Report

Craft and Making Education in Scotland Today: Report
Report

Craft and Making Education in Scotland Today: Key Findings

Craft and Making Education in Scotland Today: Key Findings
Report

Craft and Making Education in Scotland Today: Recommendations

Craft and Making Education in Scotland Today: Recommendations