Josh Halliday visits a school in Stoke bringing clay back into the classroom. The move is part of a push to give every child in the city an experience with the material by 2021 – the year in which Stoke could become UK City of Culture.

Late morning in Stoke-on-Trent and a class of 11-year-olds are being prepared for public speaking. You can picture the scene: a red-faced student stands mortified in front of her fellow classmates, struggling to recite a poem she had barely an hour to learn. Except, they do things differently in Stoke.
“It’s fun because I use my hands,” beams Mohammed Abouebaida, a year 7 student at Thistley Hough academy, as he squishes and moulds a wet lump of clay. All round him, Mohammed’s classmates make clay soldiers or create army tanks and barbed... Keep reading on The Guardian