Welcome to the National Portrait Gallery’s programmes for schools

Bring your class face-to-face with people past and present who contribute to the rich identity and diversity of British history, art and culture. Our engaging Gallery sessions use portraiture to inspire learning across the curriculum helping pupils and students learn about their own identity, British society and their place within it.

National Portrait Gallery Learning offers a wide range of free education tours, resources alongside charged workshops for Primary and Secondary school groups that support the use of portraiture across the curriculum focussing on History, Art, Literacy and Citizenship.


Linford Christie, by Alistair Morrison, February 1996 - NPG  - © Alistair Morrison

Linford Christie
by Alistair Morrison
February 1996
NPG x77035

Please be aware that the display ‘Exposed: The Naked Portrait’ in room 16, 9 January - 11 September 2016 contains nudity. You may like to consider this when planning your route through the Gallery.

Peter Tatchell, by Polly Borland, November 1999 - NPG  - © Polly Borland

Peter Tatchell
by Polly Borland
November 1999
NPG x88486

Book Now for your Citizenship students Inspiring Action
Peter Tatchell: Campaigning for Equality and Rights
Friday 26 February 2016,
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Due to new guidelines regarding the care of the National Portrait Gallery Collection please be aware we no longer use chalk pastels in our Gallery based sessions.

School Programme bookings now open  
- Book your group visit
020 7312 2483 (Text Direct: 18001) Fax: 020 7321 6662 education@npg.org.uk

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Portrait Explorer

Portrait Explorer

Come to the Gallery and use our Portrait Explorer resource to research and plan your lessons. Discover inspirational sitters and significant individuals who can bring your teaching to life.

Portrait Explorer

Image banner: Photograph Marysa Dowling ©National Portrait Gallery, London 

Data Protection Act 1998: The National Portrait Gallery may take photographs of participants as part of standard gallery sessions. All images will be held securely by the Learning Department. In some cases, these images may be used to publicise the Gallery's services (on the website; promotional leaflets; displays etc.). Under the terms of the Data Protection Act, 1998 you have the right to object to the use of your image for the above purpose. If further information is needed please telephone the Education Department on 020 7312 2483 (BT's Text Direct: 18001).