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Secondary schools

The secondary schools programme offers a wealth of tailor-made experiences for students at the National Gallery, as well as a range of opportunities for teachers

Themed tours

Book a free Talking Paintings tour, tailored to the needs of your group. We also offer sessions for students with special needs.

Inspiration through InSET

Continue your professional development with our interactive Gallery-based sessions, which:

  • provide teaching strategies you can use to ignite imagination and boost engagement
  • raise your confidence in enabling pupils to look and respond critically and creatively
  • deepen your understanding of the power of paintings to promote learning.

We will tailor the session to meet your needs, focusing on at least one of the following themes:

  • Cross-curricular learning – learn how to plan learner-led investigations which start with a painting and make meaningful links right across the curriculum
  • Literacy – use paintings as a creative context for stimulating literacy across the curriculum
  • Multi-media – practical art activities and approaches that take inspiration from the National Gallery Collection
  • Visual analysis – we support critical thinking in a range of curriculum subjects; use art to evaluate, analyse, and interpret sources; explore what messages paintings put across and the methods the artists used; examine the historical environment particular works were made in and how they were viewed at the time.

Duration: Half day (180 minutes)

Cost: £375. Free for trainee teachers

Group size: 25 maximum

We can also offer InSET sessions as outreach.

To discuss your requirements and to make a booking, contact us on 020 7747 5890 or email

Online teachers' resource: Rembrandt: The Late Works

Explore our online teachers' resource which examines four portraits by Rembrandt. Encouraging cross-curricular working, this resource is aimed at art and science teachers delivering Key Stages 3 to 5 in secondary schools.

Online exhibition: Picture in Focus

Explore our 'Picture in Focus' exhibition as a catalyst for creative learning across the curriculum.

Education resources

Shop online for art-related books, DVDs, and prints.