Craft as a tool for human education and development

This newly launched two-year, part-time training offered across Ruskin Mill Trust centres, will explore the pedagogic potential of craft within an SEN context, equipping participants with the skills to use craft to support education. The programme will combine theory with practice, allowing participants to engage with craft and to experience and research it’s pedagogic potential. A taster week will run for the Pedagogic Potential of Craftwork from 17th to 21st July (see below).

The programme is aimed at teachers, learning assistants and those individuals with an interest in alternative approaches to special education, in particular, using craftwork as a pedagogic tool. Applications are now invited for September 2017. Concession places are available for practitioners working or aspiring to work in a Waldorf setting.

The course aims to provide an opportunity to:

  • Explore and experience the role of craftwork in special education
  • Work alongside experienced pedagogues and craftspeople to see how craftwork can be used as a therapeutic and educational tool
  • Braid theory and practice within the context of special education and human development

By the end of the week you will:

  • Understanding of how craftwork can be used as an educational and therapeutic tool, within the context of special education
  • Understand the pedagogic and therapeutic potential of different craft activities, materials and learning environments in supporting education and development
  • Know how to positively engage learners in craftwork, to support their learning and development
  • Have had the opportunity to experience a variety of crafts, and meet the challenges faced by students with special educational needs
  • Understand the role of craft in giving learners non-judgemental feedback on progress and a sense of achievement (delayed gratification) on completing a hand-crafted item of service for the wider community

Introduction to the Pedagogic Potential of Craftwork

Taster Week 17-21 July 2017

We are pleased to offer a five-day introductory course for those who are interested in the pedagogic potential of craftwork. Through the week, you will have the opportunity to work alongside experienced craft tutors and pedagogues in order to explore how the different crafts, activities and materials are used as educational and therapeutic tools.

In addition to the experiential nature of the week, you will be given an insight into the models of human development and sensory integration that underpin Ruskin Mill Trust’s pedagogic approach (Practical Skills Therapeutic Education), derived from the insights of Rudolf Steiner, William Morris
and John Ruskin.
The introductory course provides an opportunity to explore and experience an alternative approach to special education, using craftwork and practical skills, braiding theory and practice. The course leads on to a two-year part-time training in the pedagogic potential of craft, as offered by Ruskin Mill Land Trust.

The week-long course will be delivered at the following locations:

  • Ruskin Mill College, Nailsworth, Gloucestershire
  • Glasshouse College, Stourbridge
  • Freeman College, Sheffield

Contact and information

Matthew Briggs