Craft as a tool for human education and development


13-16 JULY

The course is delivered at three RMT sites across the UK with participants joining at their preferred location:

·         Ruskin Mill College, Nailsworth, Gloucestershire

·         Glasshouse College, Stourbridge

·         Freeman College, Sheffield

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We are pleased to offer the four-day intensive course to external applicants. 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 course provides an opportunity to explore and experience an alternative approach to special education, using craftwork and practical skills, braiding theory and practice.


£200 inclusive of lunches for the duration of the course


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Neurodiversity – a living conference follows on directly after the Pedagogic Potential of Craftwork Course 17-18 July. Join us for our third annual collaboration with Hay Festival at Ruskin Mill College in Nailsworth, Gloucestershire. This year our theme is Crafting Connections, where we will explore neurodiversity in an atmosphere of creativity, social inclusion, research and lively cultural exchange and experience the transformative potential of craft with Ruskin Mill Trust tutors and our students in a wide range of craft workshops.

This conference is ideal for participants on the Pedagogic Potential of Craftwork Course, and the cost per day is £35.

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If you work for RMT…

This two-year, part-time training offered across Ruskin Mill Trust centres explores the pedagogic potential of craft within an SEN context, equipping participants with the skills to use craft to support education. The programme combines theory with practice, allowing participants to engage with craft and to experience and research its pedagogic potential. This course is currently only open to RMT staff. 

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. Concessionary 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 course you will:

·         Understand 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 explore 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 on completing a hand-crafted item of service for the wider community