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Teachers' CPD sessions

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Primary and Secondary school teachers

Gallery-based sessions

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 students to look and respond critically and creatively.
  • Deepen your understanding of the power of paintings to promote learning.

Choose your theme

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 student-led investigations which start with a painting and make meaningful links right across the curriculum
  • Take One Picture (Primary School teachers only) – an introduction to the current focus painting and ways to start your project in the classroom
  • Literacy – use paintings as a creative context for stimulating writing and developing vocabulary
  • Sketchbook skills – build confidence in using sketchbooks that record, review, and reflect; give context, boost vocabulary, and create connections
  • Multi-media – practical art activities and approaches that take inspiration from the National Gallery Collection
  • Visual analysis – use painting to support critical thinking; 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.

How to book

Duration: Half day (3 hours) or Full day (5 hours)

£375 half day; £700 full day. Free for trainee teachers

Group size: 25 maximum

We can also offer CPD sessions as online or outreach sessions.

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

Take One Picture CPD sessions
For primary school teachers
Learn about the Take One Picture programme and book onto an upcoming CPD session
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