Face to Face
SEN Gallery sessions

We welcome visits from SEN Schools and Units. We are currently able to offer mild to moderate SEN groups Gallery-based sessions that complement the National Curriculum for Art & Design offering a rich cultural experience that helps build pupils’ confidence in looking at and responding to portraiture. 

The sessions explore themes of Image and Identity (including self-portraiture) represented in a variety of portraiture techniques on display in the Gallery.

Face to Face sessions aim to support pupils’:

  • Development of vocabulary through speaking and listening about Art and Portraiture.
  • Understanding of Emotion, Expressions and Body Language.
  • Encourage analysis of  Pose, Character, Colour, Symbols through close observation, questioning and drawing
  • Exploration of Gallery spaces
  • To view and analyse art in a sympathetic  environment
  • Collect ideas for further development back in the classroom.

All sessions take place in the Gallery spaces in front of the portraits.

Sessions last 1.5 hours

The maximum group size is 12 pupils (plus teachers)

Break out space and lunch room available for use - please specify if required when booking

All sessions take place in mornings from 10.30 – 12.00 subject to availability

FREE Cancellation and non-attendance charges  apply. See terms and conditions


Learning Department
020 7312 2483 (Text Direct: 18001)
Fax: 020 7321 6662

National Portrait Gallery
St Martin's Place
London WC2H 0HE

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Dame Zaha Mohammad Hadid, by Michael Craig-Martin, 2008 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Dame Zaha Mohammad Hadid
by Michael Craig-Martin
NPG 6840

Case Study

Since 2003 the National Portrait Gallery has delivered outreach sessions to over 3000 pupils in SEN schools in inner and greater London.

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SEN Boxes

These resources are for teachers and group leaders working with Special Educational Needs groups. The boxes contain teaching resources to support your self-directed visit to the National Portrait Gallery. If you are interested in booking the use of these resources please contact are

Learning Services department on 020 7312 2483 (Text Direct: 18001) Fax: 020 7321 6662 or email .

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

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