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Our sessions for schools are very popular and need to be booked well in advance. They can be delivered by our Education Officers in one of three ways. We offer:

  • workshops on site here at Kew
  • videoconferencing sessions using specialist equipment and requiring registration with JANET
  • virtual classroom sessions delivered over an ordinary internet connection using our Blackboard Collaborate service

All of our taught sessions are designed to fit in with the requirements of the National Curriculum for history or relevant exam syllabi. They are delivered by qualified teachers, or in some cases by costumed actors, and are free of charge.

See what type of session would suit your group best.


All workshops take place in our Education Room; a pupil-friendly, welcoming, purpose built classroom, equipped with interactive whiteboard, computers, audiovisual equipment and an induction loop.

Students will work with original documents on engaging enquiries which aim to broaden their historical understanding and stimulate their imaginations.

The maximum group size for workshops is 35.

We have a requirement of one adult per 15 students with a minimum of two adults for each group. The minimum group size for a workshop is eight students.

For more information on the range of sessions available, go to our workshop page.


If your school is too far away to make a visit to The National Archives, we are able to offer some of our workshops via videoconference. You will need access to videoconference equipment for making the link to us and a (free) account with JANET's JVCS booking service.

For more information on the range of videoconferencing sessions available, go to our videoconferencing page.

Virtual classroom sessions

We can also offer a number of our sessions online using Blackboard Collaborate. Students use a dedicated login to join a live session with an Education Officer through their web browser.

Students can analyse and annotate documents using the interface and ask questions over the microphone or in the chatbox.

You can see which of our sessions can be delivered via the virtual classroom on this page.

Sessions for SEN students

Our Special Educational Needs sessions have been specifically designed for pupils with Severe Learning Difficulties and Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities, and use multi-sensory and interactive activities to engage pupils. These sessions can also be adapted for more able groups. When booking your session, an Education Officer will discuss your pupils' needs with you in order to pitch the session at the right level for your class. Find out more about our SEN sessions.