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We offer hands-on education sessions designed around inquiry-based learning. Our sessions link directly to the curriculum and to Kew's science work. We teach in groups of 15, have a diverse range of topics on offer, and cover subjects including science, maths, English, geography, art and design, and technology.

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About our education sessions

Experienced teachers

Our teachers are skilled and knowledgeable, have a wealth of experience and are fully DBS checked.

Groups and gardens

We teach in small groups of 15, this ratio is hugely beneficial for pupils. We can cater for different ages, abilities and learning needs, just let us know when you book.

Our sessions aim to give pupils opportunities to work scientifically in areas that are difficult or impossible to recreate in the school environment. Our sessions take place in a variety of locations throughout the Gardens, depending on the chosen topic, including in the glasshouses, among the trees or in our learning spaces. 

Sessions schedule

When you choose a session, we arrange an itinerary for your day.

For EYFS–KS4 our sessions last either 45 or 90 minutes.

For KS5 we offer a half or full day of teaching.

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Prices, planning and practical information

Sessions by Key Stage



We aim to excite and inspire young children in a safe, creative and nurturing environment.

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Key Stage 1

We aim to give pupils a sense of achievement, provide enjoyment, and foster their curiosity for the natural world.

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Key Stage 2

We aim to encourage pupils' interest in the world, its plants and its people.

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Key Stage 3

We offer pupils the opportunity to work scientifically in areas that are difficult to create in the school environment.

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Key Stage 4

Our sessions complement the GCSE Biology and Georgaphy curricula across all exam boards and BTEC.

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Key Stage 5

Our sessions complement the A/AS level Biology and Geography curricula across all exam boards, and BTEC and IB.

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Kew's approach to learning

Our approach

Through our education sessions your pupils can enjoy active participation, questioning and inquiry-based learning. We aim to inspire a sense of achievement, provide enjoyment and foster curiosity for the natural world, and an understanding and knowledge of the importance of the world's plants and fungi, upon which all our lives depend.

For younger pupils (EYFS/KS1/KS2) we use play, exploration, active learning, and celebrating achievement to stimulate their learning and development.

For older pupils (KS3/4/5) we offer the opportunity to work scientifically in areas that are difficult or impossible to recreate in the school environment. And our teachers use current relevant Kew projects (local and global) to illustrate key concepts.


Many of our sessions are designed to enable learning progression in key topics through the pupils' school life. For example, KS1 Plant hunters expands knowledge and experience gained in KS1 Plant hunters. 


We assess the pupils' progress through the following methods: 

  • peer discussion
  • open-ended questioning
  • shared experiences
  • predictions
  • investigating results
  • plenaries

Bring Kew into your classroom

We're delighted to announce the launch of our new free online learning platform, Endeavour.

Endeavour, designed for Key Stage 2, 3, 4 and 5 teachers across the UK, offers schools innovative challenges and competitions that promote critical thinking about topics related to plants, science and the environment.  

Register now to access our exciting resources that include thought provoking images, infographics, videos, quizzes, and presentations. Build your pupils' Science Capital by bringing the work of Kew into your classroom. 

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