MCM (Materials for the Construction of Meaning) sign in gallery

This page provides information about the varied Tate Britain resources available to teachers from study days to activity packs which help contextualise our exhibitions.

How to Research – Supporting student learning at exam time

How to Research: Looking as Research
Looking as Research, Anna Lucas

 How to Research booklets provide clear yet in-depth examples of what research really looks like for artists. The booklets offer creative strategies to support a broad range of Art and Design curriculum at GCSE, BTEC, AS and A Level. Developed in conversation with artists and teachers, these resources invite consideration of the meaning and value of research within art practice. By championing research as an integral tool for developing students’ individual voices and lines of enquiry, the How to Research series aims to support engaged, contextualised, thoughtful investigations into and alongside art and artmaking.

Each booklet takes a different form of research as its focus. There are currently three booklets in the How to Research series:

How to Research booklets are also available to pick up at the Schools Desk. 

To further support your students at exam time see our Exam Help pages for more ideas and inspiration.

Play Ground 4 (PG4)

Front cover of downloadable resources titled PG 4

Play Ground magazine is designed to share thinking, ideas and questions coming from the Schools and Teachers team and programme at Tate Modern and Tate Britain. Each issue features a range of material from images to essays that present and collate conversations with artists as well as the integral encounters to come out of teachers’ courses and events. 

Taking the word ‘play’ as a thematic starting point, the fourth issue of Play Ground asks: What is at stake when we play? What might the performative space of play allow in teaching and learning? How might artists’ practice smudge the boundaries between work and play? What do notions of play across disciplines do to our concept of representation, sincerity and reality?

Artist and Empire

Evan Ifekoya Ojulowo for Artist and Empire Learning Resource
Evan Ifekoya, still from Negotiating the Porous Boundaries of Cultural Influence

Tate Schools and Teachers team commissioned artist Evan Ifekoya, and artist/curator collaborators Barby Asante and Teresa Cisneros to produce new resources that extend and deepen learning around the Artist and Empire exhibition. These online resources offer a wide-reaching introduction to the exhibition through the lens of contemporary artists’ practice. By suggesting ways of re-framing the ideas raised by the exhibition, they offer an opportunity to contextualise the exhibition for yourselves and your students. The resources can be used both pre- and post-visit. They can also be shared directly in the classroom, and can be adapted as necessary to suit your students. Each resource poses questions that you are invited to use to initiate activities and projects with your students in the classroom.

Browse the Artist and Empire learning resources.

As If

As If; teacher's resource spread

Devised by artist Louisa Martin

Artist Louisa Martin worked on the Schools Workshops Programme at Tate Modern 2011–12. As If was developed during this time and captures creative moments in the form of a metafiction through which they can be shared with a wider audience. It is not intended as a guide to the gallery but it is an artist’s invitation to the imagination and a suggestion of an approach to looking at artworks in the collection.

Having initially developed her workshop content from the perspective of her practice and interest in the body, performance, ‘pataphysics and visible portals, Martin’s thinking then developed through shared experiences in the gallery with teachers and students over the course of the year.

Note Well

Note Well Teachers' Resource

Devised by artist Abigail Hunt.

Re-printed by popular demand, Note Well is a book for teachers, educators and artists. It contains ideas, activities, discussions and suggested ways to creatively explore the Tate collection, building and exhibitions.

Deliberately unstructured, this resource is designed to act as a collection of prompts to inspire ideas for working with a group visiting the gallery. You are invited to dip in and out of the activities and thoughts, before, during and after your visit, developing and adapting them to suit your particular group.

The activities are intended to recognise and allow space for your own interests, expertise and knowledge, inviting you to explore Tate in a diversity of ways.

Note Well can be used in conjunction with two of our new A is For… resources listed below.


Platform spread

Devised by artist Mónica Rivas Velásquez with contributions from artists Jo Addison, Meera Chauda, Natasha Kidd, Matthew Pountney and Jessica Thom.

Developed to support teaching staff working within a broad range of SEN and mainstream educational settings visiting the gallery on independent visits. PLATFORM is an invitation to you and your group to explore Tate Britain and Tate Modern through activities which aim to encourage active exploration, open-ended experimentation and individual pupil choice.

PLATFORM contains a number of individual possibilities within it that you are welcome to use singly or as multiple simultaneous platforms as your visit unfolds. All the platforms can be used with your group straight away or activated further by making copies for each student before your visit so they can cut, make holes, stick and write directly onto them.

Block by Block

Block by Block, Tate Britain, 2013 © Tate
Block by Block, Tate Britain, 2013
Block by Block image

This is an exceptional opportunity for you and your colleagues to explore the unique resources, displays and exhibitions at Tate Britain and Tate Modern in a bespoke Inset designed exclusively for you.