School Visits to Tate Modern

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Assembly, Tate Modern 2017 photo © Tate (Seraphina Neville)​

Assembly, Tate Modern 2017 photo © Tate (Seraphina Neville)​

School visits to Tate Modern are free. As Tate Modern is now operating on a timed ticket system, all school groups must book in advance of visiting.

When you book a visit, please advise us of any specific access requirements that members of your group may have.

How to make a booking

To enquire, please email us at schoolsandteachers@tate.org.uk and we will send you the relevant booking form. If you would like to discuss your booking over the phone, please call +44 (0)20 7887 8888 (option 3). Our schools phone line is open Monday - Wednesday, 11.00 - 13.00 and 14.00 - 16.00

Have the following ready when you call:

  • Range of dates for your visit
  • School address, telephone number and email address
  • Group size and age of pupils

Bookings must be made at least two weeks in advance to ensure tickets can be posted to the school.

Do I need to make a booking to bring a school group to Tate?

Yes. Timed tickets are required to enter our galleries for the free collections. To help manage numbers, we require all school groups to pre-book at least two weeks in advance and are limiting each class to 40 tickets (including teachers). Each day, there will be a block of 40 tickets available for an 11.00 visit and one block of 40 tickets available for a 13.00 visit.

How much does it cost?

Self-led visits to the permanent collection at Tate Modern are free.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I FORGET OUR TICKETS?

For the safety of our staff, please do try to remember to bring your tickets. They will be posted to your school in advance of your booking. If, for whatever reason, you do not have your tickets with you on the day of your visit, please advise students to wait at the top of the ramp and send your lead teacher down to the desks to have the tickets reprinted.

CAN I BOOK EXHIBITION TICKETS FOR MY CLASS?

We are looking forward to welcoming you and your students back to the gallery. Tate is following all Government guidelines to keep visitors and staff safe, meaning that capacities for visiting are significantly lower than usual. Capacities for paid exhibitions have been limited to very low numbers to ensure safety, and for this reason we are temporarily unable to offer school group tickets for exhibitions.

WHAT HAPPENS IF WE ARE LATE?

That’s fine! Please note that you cannot enter the galleries before your scheduled time slot of either 11 AM or 1 PM and do plan accordingly, as we do not want students and teachers to have to queue outdoors for extended periods of time, especially if there is inclement weather. If you are more than 15 minutes late, you may be instructed to wait until you can be safely accommodated in the galleries.

DO WE NEED TO REGISTER ON THE NHS TRACK AND TRACE APP? IF SO, DOES THIS NEED TO BE DONE BY EVERY INDIVIDUAL?

Yes, we will need to take a name and contact number at the point of booking for every person over the age of 16 (this includes all support staff).

WHAT ACTIVITIES DO YOU HAVE FOR STUDENTS?

Due to the impact of COVID-19, we are not currently providing paper-based resources in the gallery, but you are welcome to save resources from the website or from our ebulletins to your mobile devices and use them the way you would a paper resource. If you’re not currently signed up for our ebulletin and would like to be, please email us.

These ‘activities’ are developed by artists who have worked on the Schools and Teachers Programme. You can find them below under ‘Self-led student resources’. These resources emulate the workshops and include the perspective of contemporary artists in the gallery. They aim to encourage new ways of looking at and learning with art.

CAN SKETCH AND DRAW IN THE GALLERIES?

You are welcome to bring your own sketchbooks and drawing materials to Tate Modern and are allowed to sketch in galleries as long as they are not crowded and you remain in small groups. If a gallery becomes too crowded, you may be asked to continue to the next set of rooms.

Permitted materials - dry materials such as pencils, graphite sticks, fine-tipped pens, wax crayons, conté and charcoal pencils (must be wood or plastic encased), oil pastels encased in paper. Prohibited materials - loose dry materials including charcoal and pastels, soft oil pastels and oil paint sticks, all paints and other wet materials, permanent markers and tape.

MY STUDENTS ARE STUDYING [INSERT TOPIC], HOW DO I FIND OUT IF IT IS ON DISPLAY?

Check Tate’s website, by searching for the artwork, artist or medium in Search, and then cross-check to see if those works are on the gallery tour route. Unfortunately, we cannot give access to works that are not on the pre-approved gallery routes.

IS THERE SOMEWHERE WE CAN PARK?

Tate Modern has limited accessible onsite parking. This should be booked in advance and a registration number provided at least 24hrs before the visit. Regardless of where you are parked, you will need to enter the gallery through the South Entrance.

I WANT TO ARRANGE A TALK OR TOUR FOR MY STUDENTS - HOW DO I DO THIS?

Unfortunately School Group tours, Tate to Tate tours, Exhibition private lectures, Exhibition packages and Exhibition tours are temporarily suspended. If you are booking for fewer than 5 people, you can book through Tate Private Tours.

WHERE ARE THE BATHROOMS AND CHANGING FACILITIES?

At Tate Modern there are bathrooms on each floor and a changing place on Level 0 in the boiler house building. Please check your route map for more details.

IS THERE A MAP?

Yes. A map of the route is available to download here: Download the Route Map PDF [80.1k kb]

TEACHING RESOURCES AND COURSES

Arriving at Tate Modern

Getting to Tate Modern

Access at Tate Modern

School groups should enter via the Level 0 Turbine hall ramp entrance on Holland Street. This does have a gradient. Please contact us if you are a wheelchair user and do not feel comfortable with this gradient, and we will endeavor to make alternate arrangements.

Group leaders should check in at the main welcome desk on Level 0. Please ask your group to remain on the ramp whilst you do this. Here you will need to sign in to say that you have read and understood the guidelines, and register any adults with Track and Trace (including support staff). Please note that it is fine to use the school’s phone number as contact details for students. Once you have signed in and your timed ticket slot is active, you can make your way to your pre-approved route.

Group Supervision and Safety

Adult supervision is required at all times with the following adult-to-student ratios:

  • 1:5 for under 5s-15 year-olds
  • Students 16+ may split into groups of 6 without teacher supervision if that is in line with your school’s safeguarding practices

Please note that teachers are responsible for students’ behaviour and safety at all times. All group leaders should carry out their own risk assessment prior to their visit. At no stage can Tate assume the formal duty of care on behalf of teachers.

Tate's health and safety statement [PDF, 83kb]

We strongly recommend you visit Tate Modern in advance to check the suitability of the artworks for your group. You can also use our teaching resources to plan your visit to the gallery.

GALLERY GUIDELINES

Visitor numbers are being carefully managed to ensure that your visit is as safe and comfortable as possible. There are increased cleaning regimes in high use areas and protective screens on desks and counters. We are only accepting card or contactless payments and have installed hand sanitiser dispensers throughout the gallery.

When you visit:

  • Keep your distance from others
  • Follow the one-way route
  • Act on any guidance our team may give you
  • Limit your party to 1 adult per 5 students or 6 students over the age of 16

All visitors are required to wear face coverings in our galleries, apart from those who are exempt. Not all exemptions are visible so please be understanding of others.

Most importantly if you are feeling unwell, help keep everyone safe by staying at home.

For more information take a look through our frequently asked questions.

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