Secondary Schools

Learning is at the heart of the National Portrait Gallery. The Gallery’s extensive Collection and temporary exhibitions become the ultimate classroom, bringing schools up close and personal with the faces of history and contemporary culture.

National Portrait Gallery learning offers a wide range of free, specifically designed education programmes, activities and resources for Secondary groups. Our sessions are delivered by a specialist freelance team of artists and teachers, providing exciting outside-the-classroom learning opportunities across the curriculum. Our main curriculum areas are Secondary Art, Photography, History, Citizenship, Cross-Curricular Sessions for the New KS3 Curriculum, Creative and Media and other Diplomas. We also design sessions for Extended Schools, SEN and extensive CPD for teachers.

We also provide free supporting resources for self-directed visits and material to aid classroom teaching such as online learning resources and publications.

All taught sessions and workshops including materials are FREE.

Secondary History

NPG 157 - © National Portrait Gallery, LondonSlide lectures and tailor-made talks involving discussion for secondary and sixth form historical studies.

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Secondary Art

ArtFree discussion and practical drawing sessions designed for Key Stage 3 to Key Stage 5 and Post-16 courses.

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Photography WorkshopsFree studio workshops in photography, based around the permanent collection or temporary photographic exhibitions.

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Cross Curricular and Citizenship

NPG x46659 - © National Portrait Gallery, LondonSessions looking at historical aspects of contemporary citizenship issues such as democracy, diversity and slavery

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SEN schools and units

SENSessions complementing the National Curriculum and schemes of work including, Literacy, Citizenship, History and Art & Design for students and teachers from SEN schools.

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