Schools - Tate Britain

School groups are very welcome at all four Tate galleries, and there is discounted entry to many of Tate's exhibitions. However, all groups must book ahead. Here you can find out how to book a visit to the galleries, read information on Tate-led sessions and learn about Tate's programmes for schools and teachers.

Tate’s vast collection of historic, modern and contemporary art features work by Pablo Picasso, William Blake, JMW Turner, Damien Hirst, Andy Warhol and many others. We believe teachers and their pupils should have the opportunity to experience these incredible artworks firsthand.

Through gallery tours, free workshops and lively talks led by artists and gallery educators, pupils can explore their own responses to art works and increase their understanding of British and international art.

Supporting the Art and Design National Curriculum, encouraging cross-curricular work and building key skills, our programmes aim to:

use personal experience as a starting point to engage with art
develop critical, conceptual and analytical skills
use discussion and debate to share ideas
develop knowledge and understanding to inspire practical activities

Tate Teachers

Tate Teachers is a continuing professional development programme that runs across all four Tate galleries. It embraces the role that art can play in your professional life and in the lives of your pupils.

The programme has grown out of wide consultation and offers a rich array of opportunities for teachers at all stages of their careers. It aims to complement and extend classroom practice, joining up gallery- and school-based learning, working in partnership with you to develop subject knowledge about, and approaches to, historic, modern and contemporary art.

Tate Teachers offers courses and events at all four Tate galleries, drawing on Tate’s world-renowned Collection displays and exhibitions and working with teams of creative practitioners. At the heart of the programme is a belief in the capacity of visual art to inspire, challenge and offer fresh perspectives on learning across the curriculum.

The Tate Teachers programme offers:
Day-long courses
Across four themes: skills, genre, cross-curricular and audience

Extended courses
Including the Artist Teacher scheme

Holiday schools
Including the Summer Institute at Tate Modern

Including the annual Tate Teachers conference

Teachers in Partnership
An annual programme of joined up gallery InSET, gallery sessions for pupils, a classroom project and practice-sharing events throughout the year

Evening and open events
Including education open evenings at exhibitions

Initial teacher training
Seminars and gallery-based introductions

Accredited courses
Including University partnerships at MA level

Looking at aspects of the distinctiveness of the gallery as a site for learning and teaching

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