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Primary schools

Storytelling, talks, workshops and teaching resources for school groups 

Early Year Foundation Stage (EYFS) to Key Stages 1 and 2

School visits 2024-25

The National Gallery's new Centre for Creative Learning will be opening early in 2025. It will give us larger and more dynamic spaces for making and talking about art, celebrating children and young people’s creativity and encouraging imagination.

We will be unable to host onsite school visits in the autumn and early part of the spring terms but will continue to run online sessions. To coincide with our van Gogh exhibition, which opens in September 2024, we will be offering additional online workshops inspired by van Gogh's works in the National Gallery collection.

Find out more about our full online programme and how to make a booking below.

Primary school sessions

Educator-led live sessions for schools, offered online only:

Online talks and storytelling

Live storytelling for younger years and interactive talks for older children, held on Zoom. 

See our online talks

Online workshops

Online workshops, held on Zoom, to develop skills in communication, creativity and dexterity.

See our online workshops

SEND groups

Tailored multisensory sessions for students with special education needs and disabilities (SEND).

See our SEND programme

Self-guided groups

Information about booking a group of six or more.

Find out more

Take One Picture
Learn about our nationwide programme for primary schools.
Take One Picture

For primary school teachers

CPD sessions, cultural placements, and handy resources for the classroom. 

CPD sessions

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) sessions, including our popular Take One Picture CPD days for primary teachers. 

See our CPD sessions 

Initial Teacher Education

Sessions for trainee teachers training as part of a higher education course or in school-based training.

See our training sessions

Learning resources

Handy notes and videos about works in the collection.

See our learning resources

Make and create

Art tutorial videos using everyday materials that children can follow from home. 

Watch our make and create series

Hidden symbols in art

Short videos by educators, from spotting saints to birds and death in paintings. 

Watch our hidden symbols series

Take One Picture

Learn about our nationwide programme for primary schools and see examples of students' work. 

Read about Take One Picture

The National Gallery Schools Programme is supported by the GRP Charitable Trust

The Keeper of Paintings
Step into a hidden world of art and magic with immersive apps. Available to share at the National Gallery, where you are and on Roblox.