How do you make school trips brilliant? At the Irish Heritage Trust we’ve been working pretty hard on this. We aim to turn every school trip into a creative mission. We ask student teams to find something out about aspects of our houses and make something … a video, a story, an artwork. And students always rise to the challenge and amaze us with how energised and creative they can be in the limited time a school visit allows. What do we hope to achieve with our schools education programme? To develop intense interest and delight while students are learning in the hope that this will spark a long-term, personal interest in heritage. Personal interest and self-directed learning are key factors in educational success.