SEN Case studies

Case Study: Outreach in schools for deaf children 

Students from schools for Deaf children across London have participated in outreach photography projects with the National Portrait Gallery. Participating schools have included Culloden School, Oak Lodge School and Blanche Neville School.

The project explores the changing face of photographic portraiture and investigates the reasons behind making a self-portrait and what can be learned from the individuals that are represented. Led by professional photographers and interpreters and using photographic images from the Gallery’s collection, students learn about lighting and pose and develop their technical skills using digital and large format cameras.

‘A fantastic, positive experience….this has been the best project we have had at the school …absolutely excellent’

‘Thank you for the opportunity to develop the pupils’ interest and expertise …the photos are stunning and will make a wonderful display in the school’


Case Study: SEN School artists’ residency project

Since 2007 the National Portrait Gallery has provided an outreach artist residency scheme for SEN Schools across London. Over 2000 pupils have worked with the National Portrait Gallery’s artists on the four day workshops including the Kings Avenue Primary School, Culvers House Primary School,  Mapledown School, Horizon School, The Manor Special School, Meadowgate School and New Rush Hall School. Each of the residencies supported the students to use the Gallery’s Collection as the inspiration and enabled them to work together to create a unique work of art for their school.

‘The sessions have been fantastic-they have been pitched at the children’s’ level, flexible in terms of the structure and above all interesting and inspiring for the pupils’.