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Teaching professionals Reflecting on Agency in Learning (TRAIL)

TRAIL is a professional development programme designed to support early years and primary educators across multiple year groups in implementing rigorous, child-centred practices that promote agency in children. Many educators are unsure how to balance their role as a guide in children’s learning with children’s exploration and curiosity. In TRAIL, we support educators to include evidence-informed playful approaches to learning tailored to their practice and context.

When children experience agency in their learning this promotes ownership, interest, and commitment. Through its close connection with inner motivation and self-regulated learning skills, agency provides the foundation for children’s academic achievement and lasting love of learning. 

TRAIL combines theoretical insights with practical self-reflection tools and strategies. TRAIL educators are equipped with the language for talking about child-centred learning, based on research in psychology and education. They recognise the features of agential learning as well as the benefits of using playful approaches with their children. The TRAIL programme includes messages and examples from past participants, that will help educators truly transform their practice.

We have developed these resources through three Communities of Practice over the past 6 years.

The TRAIL programme is free to use. You can register here to see the materials.

Please get in touch if you would like to join one of our upcoming Communities of Practice.

Journal article

A paper written by Sara, Soizic, and Janina on Making space for children’s agency with playful learning in the International Journal of Early Years Education.

Journal article

A paper written by Sara and Soizic on Agency, children’s voice, and adults’ responsibility in Education.


Read our short blog on agency, play, and education.