The Gallery holds the most extensive collection of portraits in the world. Search over 215,000 works, 150,000 of which are illustrated from the 16th Century to the present day.

Schools and Colleges

Schools and Colleges

Schools and Colleges

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 students learn about their own identity, British society and their place within it.

National Portrait Gallery Learning offers a wide range of free and charged workshops, gallery sessions, talks and tours. These support the use of portraiture across the curriculum focussing on History, Art, Literacy, PHSE and Citizenship.

Booking now open for the academic year 2018-19
Booking for the academic year 2019-20 opens on 17 June 2019

To book call 020 7312 2483 or email [email protected]

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Primary Schools

Bring your class face-to-face with the most extensive collection of portraits in the world

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Secondary Schools

Develop critical thinking and practical making skills around portraiture

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Investigate our portraits on display in interactive ways

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Self Directed Groups

Book your class visit to explore people and portraiture in the Galleries

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CPD & Teachers’ events

Join us to hear from guest speakers and work directly with artists

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Resources and Special Projects

Explore our resources and find out about special projects

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Latest News on the Schools Programme

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Book your visit today

Book your group visit and find out what to expect as a group leader when visiting us.

020 7312 2483 (Type Talk: 18001)
[email protected]


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).

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