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.


Bookings Now Open. We are currently receiving a high volume of calls for school bookings, if you are unable to get through please leave a voicemail stating the programme you are interested in and dates that you are interested in coming, telephone number (a direct line) and preferred time of day for us to contact you.

020 7312 2483 (Text Direct: 18001) [email protected]

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Young People’s group

Young People’s Guide to Self-Portraiture

This guide to self-portraiture is a creative resource made by young people for young people that examines themes explored by artists through the self-portraits they create – such as gender, class, race, and identity. Featuring the participant’s vlogs, short films, and written material the resource explores their thoughts, perspectives and findings about this enduring theme in art history. This resource was developed in collaboration with the artist Anthony Luvera

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New £1, £3 & £5 School Group Exhibition Ticket Prices

Visit our major exhibitions and make the most of our new discounted school group exhibition ticket price available for school groups of 10+, visiting Mon – Fri, 10.00 – 14.00, booked + paid for at least a month in advance.

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Atlanta by Boat by Todd Gray, 2015

Michael Jackson: On the Wall

Teachers’ Resource
Key stage 3-5

This teachers’ resource designed for use in the gallery or the classroom explores key themes in the exhibition including identity, celebrity culture and fandom. The resource includes points for discussion and debate to develop critical thinking; art activities for students; teachers notes on the exhibition.

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More for schools

Visitor searching through the 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.

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Eleanor Mitchell typing on a type writer

Schools’ Newsletter

Sign up to our termly newsletter for teachers and schools to keep up to date with special offers, teacher events, CPD & opportunities for your class.

Image: Eleanor Mitchell by Bassano Ltd, 1930, NPG x85771

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).