Craft and Education

Ofsted published a new report on art, craft and design in schools, Drawing Together: art, craft and design in schools. It acknowledges that ‘the relevance of art, craft and design extends far beyond being an outlet for pupils’ creativity and has a knock-on effect: ‘learning to work independently, manage a range of tasks, pace their progress and meet deadlines’. It recommends that every child and teacher should have the opportunity to work with ‘an artist, craft worker or designer’ as part of their cultural entitlement. The report goes on to say that these offers rarely happen, noting that, ‘Sustained links, including those with the creative industries, were underdeveloped.’