Self-led school trails – A toolkit for developing trails with impact
This toolkit is an introduction to developing effective self-led school trails for museum educators and interpretation designers who want to maximise the effectiveness of their self-led resources. Many education teams now face the task of redeveloping existing resources that have become obsolete due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. Trails are commonly used interpretation and engagement resources, and when they are truly effective, the visit can leave an impression on students and teachers long after they leave the site. This guide explains how to develop trails with impact.
This toolkit was written by Museum Educator, Kayleigh Edun as part of a contemporary museum education research project for MA Museums, Galleries and Contemporary Cultures at the University of Westminster. The toolkit is underpinned by contemporary museum education theory and practice and is heavily influenced by constructivist learning theory. This toolkit was developed primarily for resources aimed at schools but many of the principles are transferrable to other audiences. Pick and choose the suggestions that work for you and your venue and make them your own.