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Teaching resources

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Teaching resources

If you’re looking for information and resources to support teaching and careers guidance then look no further. We work with a number of maritime agencies to ensure we offer the best expert advice and content to enhance your lessons.

Key stages 2 to 3 (Primary)

Become a Mini Mariner with Port Academy Liverpool

The Port Academy Liverpool Library runs various events aimed at primary schools. All the library team have enhanced DBS accreditation and our activities are fully risk assessed. We also provide transport for schools to and from our events.

Why not drop anchor and join our expert team for a fun and enriching voyage of discovery themed around all things maritime.

We can deliver sessions that compliment your own classroom activities covering topics such as shipping to transatlantic trade and slavery. We can also supply resources around a number of maritime topics as well as support pupils in their own research. Mini Mariners and their teachers are also able to access our handling collections to support the learning experience.

To discuss your visit and how we can support you please contact:

Francesca Garner, Head of Learning Resources on 0151 353 4455

Suitable for Key Stage 2 pupils (Year 3-6, ages 7-11) and classes of up to 30 pupils per session.

Key stages 3 to 4

Visit the Port Academy Liverpool's careers page

IMArest Sea Your Future

View the Guide to Marine Careers

Sunrise to Sunset; A Day in the Life of Cruise Liverpool


School liaison

For those who wish to learn more about the opportunities available in the world of work and education, Port Academy Liverpool provides an innovative menu of School Liaison activities designed to inform, motivate and help candidates in making their post-16, or post Sixth Form, choices.

Our School Liaison Programme includes:

  • Presentations specific to the growth areas of Port Operations and Logistics (supported by Peel Ports)
  • Multi-subject taster days in college
  • Subject specific taster days in college
  • Exciting events and competitions
  • Work experience
  • PSHE support
  • Age specific in-school presentations

All of our events, tasters and presentations are free and can provide a valuable source of information for your leaving-age pupils.

For more information regarding how we can support both your staff and your pupils contact us:

School and group visits

There is lots to do that will excite and engage younger learners interested in the maritime sector. Here are just a small sample of visits on offer:

‘The Danny’

Liverpool is lucky to be home to the last remaining operational steam tugboat and passenger tender in the UK. The Danny was originally built on Merseyside in 1903, and restored to peak condition earlier this year, following a 12-year campaign by volunteers to save her.

Now moored opposite the Merseyside Maritime Museum, she is a wonderful, living part of our maritime history, offering children the opportunity to experience both a working vessel and a luxurious saloon, styled upon the Art Deco lounges of the great liners.

The Danny team are very proud to have the support of the Port Academy and look forward to working with students, schools and communities, providing another experience for those engaged with the Academy.

If you are interested in finding out more, getting involved or visiting the vessel, please contact

Visit the Danny’s website and find out about the KS2 workshops and about planning a class visit to The Danny.

Kathleen & May

The beautifully restored Kathleen and May Schooner is the only remaining three-masted wooden schooner and resides in Liverpool’s historic Albert Dock. Launched in 1900 and restored in 2000, it is truly a unique vessel. Ideal for group visits the Kathleen & May can accommodate groups of 20 or more with coach drop off and meet facilities nearby. For further details email

Merseyside Maritime Museum

Submerge yourself in Liverpool’s historic seafaring past at the Merseyside Maritime Museum located in the world-famous Albert Dock. The museum contains a variety of objects associated with the social and commercial history of the port of Liverpool. Highlights include ship modelsmaritime paintings, colourful posters from the golden age of liners and even some full sized vessels. There is also the major current exhibition Titanic and Liverpool: the untold story, which tells the story of Liverpool's links to the ill-fated liner. The Museum also houses the International Slavery Museum (on the third floor) as well as the Border Force's national museum: Seized! The Border and Customs uncovered (in the basement). 

Merseyside Maritime Museum offers a wide range of activities, sessions and resources for education and community groups of all ages. If you are planning a group visit please ring the booking team on 0151 478 4788