Make Your Future
The School of Jewellery is proud to be working alongside the Crafts Council as part of the Make Your Future, a hands-on programme that aims to reinvigorate craft in schools.
Make Your Future brings together Higher Education Institutions, cultural partners, secondary schools, and makers to reignite a passion for making in schools and tackle some of the challenges faced by craft education.
The project is shining a light on craft as a cross-curricular bridge which draws together science, technology and create subjects. Last year Birmingham schools worked with the School of Jewellery to explore techniques ranging from saw piercing to electro-etching and 3D printing, utilising all of the facilities available within the School.
Professional makers, including many School of Jewellery alumni, have been recruited to work alongside teachers to deliver cutting-edge workshops in schools. Makers have carried out audits of school equipment and supported teachers to put under-used resources to work and offer students new experiences of making.
“The sessions have been planned and delivered in twilight hours at the Birmingham City University School of Jewellery. The campus is fully equipped with top-of-the -range machinery, which we were able to take full advantage of. Ann-Marie Carey and her colleagues at the School have made us feel welcome and taken a lot of time to plan and deliver CPD sessions that are practical and can be brought back into school.
“I think I can speak for my colleagues also when I say how enjoyable we have found the whole experience. We have learned so much, developed our knowledge and revisited areas that we haven’t used for such a long time. I’ve been teaching for 14 years and this is the first set of CPD sessions where we have been able to play, experiment and learn practical skills.