Photography sessions

All you need to know about taking part in the world's largest ever portrait

During this academic year 2018-19, a team of Tate photographers will visit schools across the capital, taking class photographs for the artist to form a vast exhibition of tens of thousands of Year 3 pupils who will be centre stage for six months next year in the prestigious Duveen Galleries at Tate Britain.

By taking part, your pupils will see themselves in one of the most compelling British artworks of our time at the heart of the nation’s collection, and your school will be able to engage with the wealth of free programme resources offering rich routes into PSHE, Literacy, Citizenship, Art and Design.

You will also be able to sign up to the free teacher CPD and online opportunities all supporting creativity and curriculum learning.

Only those schools that have had their photography session will be able to book a visit to this historic exhibition (November 2019 - May 2020).

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Login here to update details and book your photography session:

  • Confirm your school’s details
  • List all your Year 3 classes
  • Book a date for a Tate photographer to visit your school (number of sessions will be determined by the number of Year 3 classes you wish to photograph - up to 3 classes per session)
  • Deadline for booking your session - Friday 03 May 2019
  • Download consent templates for pupils and staff (translations are available in commonly spoken languages in London)
  • Download Agreement form to be signed by your Headteacher

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If you need more time to confirm details, you can log off and log in again at any time to complete. A New Direction's Tate Year 3 Project team will be available throughout the process to help with any enquiries.

What will happen on the day?

On the date you have booked, a Tate Year 3 photographer will visit your school and carry out a 30-45 minute session with each Year 3 class separately in your school hall. The exact timings will be agreed with you in the weeks before your session.

Example timings for a three form entry school:

  • 9.15 - Photographer sets up in the hall before children arrive
  • 9.30 - First class photography session
  • 10.15 - Break
  • 10.30 - Second class photography session
  • 11.15 - Third class photography session
  • 12.00 - Finish

In the session, the photographer will:

  • introduce the project
  • discuss photography including children’s experience of photography and how we ‘read’ a photo
  • play a drama game linked to the themes of the artwork
  • take the class photo
  • answer children’s questions about the project and photography.

Find out more about the requirements for the lead contact and how to prepare for your session.

Make the most of your session

Free learning resources

By taking part, Year 3 pupils will see themselves in a major artwork at the heart of the nation’s collection and the project provides a pivotal and rich opportunity for schools to explore themes central to the work - inclusion, difference, identity and aspiration.

We have produced a set of free Key Stage 2 PSHE, Citizenship, Literacy, Art and Design learning resources to support, entitled 'Learning Lenses' to help you to engage your Year 3 classes with these themes. The resource can be downloaded in full, or you can download individual activities here.

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