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 themed 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 can also offer InSET sessions as outreach.

  • Duration: Half day (180 minutes)
  • Cost: £375. Free for trainee teachers
  • Group size: 25 maximum

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

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

Exploring Courtauld Impressionists – Teacher twilight, 12 October 2018, 6–8pm

Discover the work, leisure and fashion of the people who populate the art in this free evening aimed at primary and secondary teachers. Activities in the Gallery with the schools team will explore ways to bring the paintings and their characters to life for your students and classes. Enjoy a drink, a chance to network, and free entry to Courtauld Impressionists: From Manet to Cézanne.

To book, please contact us on 020 7747 5890 or email

Further teacher twilights will be held on 15 March 2019 and 21 June 2019.

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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.

Plan a school visit

Book a visit for your students.