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Here's what the press and other people have to say about Murder Trail!

All these are genuine comments from hosts and players alike. The original documents are available on request.

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The Murder Trail team would like to say thank you to all the people who have taken part in and helped organise Murder Trail.

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"It gave us a lot to think about"

"Many thanks for running the day for us. A lot of people have said how much they enjoyed it and how useful it was. It gave us a lot to think about in terms of how we work in teams and it has prompted lots of discussion"

- Bob Etheridge, Leicester College

"A totally level playing field - whether you have a GCSE or a doctorate"

"It's hard to believe, but it puts everyone on a level playing field. It doesn't matter what your background is, whether you are a pre GCSE student or reading for a Doctorate - your chances of getting the right answer are exactly the same. It really demonstrates people's core skills rather than how academic they are. And they have fun at the same time!"

- North Warwickshire College


"The result was astonishing. Low-ability students with a history of being disaffected by education were engaged, and demonstrated numerous skills, from self-directed learning, to delegating, to team-working."

- The Independent

"I had such a great day! Thank you."

"I had such a great day! Thank you. From investigating the crime scenes, to doing experiments, searching offices and interviewing suspects, it was all brilliant. I can't wait for the next scenario."

- Anita, Nuneaton

"It changed how I view myself!"

"Murder Trail really changed my life. Playing it made me think about how I view challenges and how I interact with other people. It really got me to think about myself. It was totally unexpected. I just thought I was going to play a Murder Mystery."

- Ethan, Leicester

"New and creative"

"... one of the ways further education stands apart from other educational institutions is that it often attracts students who are difficult to teach."

"That may well be because they've had a bad experience of school. What this means for teaching staff is that thinking about how to reach them in new and creative ways could not be more important. It's the very reason that the Murder Trail is so successful."

- Sue Colquhoun, IfL (quoted in The Independent, April 22nd 2010)

"Awesome fun and I learnt such a lot!"

"It was great fun. They threw us totally off guard to start off and then you get into the swing of things and it is great. I didn't realise just how many skills you can use at the same time. Much better than Keyskill lessons where you use one skill at a time. It just isn't how we work. Murder Trail forces you to think on your feet."

- Donna, Leicester

"I didn't know I was a leader"

"I've never taken a lead role before, but somehow it all came together with Murder Trail. I like a good murder mystery so perhaps that gave me the confidence. Definitely worth playing!"

- Mark, Leicester

"I didn't realise how much I take things for granted"

"One section of the day we were talking about lateral thinking. The things I assumed from reading a piece of text really surprised me and made me think about my own life and the things I assume, or take for granted in it. Not only has it made me more aware of my surroundings, but I now ask more probing questions about the news, employment contracts, all sorts of things. I certainly look into things in more detail and try not to assume the obvious."

- Karen, Nuneaton

"Such a lot of detail!"

"I couldn't believe the thought and attention to detail that has gone into this. From a history of the fictional area it is set in to police logos. Amazing."

- Noel, Nuneaton

"It made me see how different people view a situation"

"I played Murder Trail and liked it so much I returned to train players and then act. It is surprising how different it was each time. It made me see how different people view a situation in different ways. It has made me think more about other people's viewpoints when dealing with difficult situations.

When you are a player, you are a little in the dark and that is hard but acting was a lot harder than I thought it would be. People really fire a lot of probing questions at you and staying in character all day is tough going!"

- Sue, Coventry


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