The Learning programme is a pioneering new collaboration between New London Architecture and The City Centre to inspire the next generation about London's built environment, promote the huge range of careers available, and empower young people by giving them a voice in the future shape of their city.
Working with industry professionals we can provide a unique learning experience for schools that opens up the world of the built environment.
Our Schools programme is generously supported by The Sackler Trust and consists of and model talks around the City of London's official architectural model, tours of the city and taught sessions linked to the National Curriculum. We also offer session at New London Architecture and extracurricular workshops for young people.
We encourage self-guided visits from schools to the City Gallery and City of London model. Entry during our normal opening hours is free but we ask schools to inform us they are coming in advance, letting us know the class size and year group.
We work with industry partners and student volunteers with expertise in Architecture, Urban Planning, Engineering and Construction who contribute to our programme through helping us to develop and deliver our workshops.
A full list of available talks and workshops is below. We also offer bespoke sessions in geography, history and creative writing on request. All of our sessions can be tailored to the specific needs of a class including SEN.
Please get in touch with the Education Manager to find out more.
Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays during term time
Half Day: 10.30 - 12.30 or 13.15 - 15.15
Full Day: 10.30 - 16.00
Max class size 30 Students
Sessions are subject to the availability of our space and teaching team.
For more information and to book contact our Education Manager
Model Talks and Tours
Model talks are a great addition to any day trip to the City. The model reveals a fascinating glimpse into the future of the London’s skyline and enables pupils to see a panorama of the City they can’t get at street level. We can accommodate groups of up to 30 pupils for 40 minute introductory talks.
We can also arrange longer talks and tours of the City with one of our knowledgeable guides.
Built Environment Careers Workshops
Careers in the Built Environment (KS4) 5th June, Full Day.
Pupils spend a day at the City Centre to introduce them to Built Environment Careers. From Architects to Engineers, Urban Planners to Landscape Architects many different people with different backgrounds, abilities, talents and interests help create our city, our places and our way of life. Working with professionals from across the industry pupils will take part in group challenges that extend their knowledge of the huge variety of roles available. With The Brokerage City Link.
What is Construction? (Year 9) Half Day
This insight morning run in collaboration with Construction Youth Trust is an opportunity for year 9 students to get to grips with the who, what and why of the Construction industry. Set to grow by 2.9% by 2019, UK Construction is facing an increasing skills gap because not enough young people are choosing to pursue one of the many and varied careers within it. This insight session is the perfect taster for students who will soon be making important study and career decisions. Participating in hands on group challenges they will gain an understanding of the life-cycle of a new development and meet inspiring industry professionals who represent the full range of roles available.
Changing the World Through Design: Landscape Architecture (KS5) Half Day
Landscape architects reimagine and design for the future of London's outside environment. This workshop gives pupils an interest in art, design and architecture a chance to gain insight into an area of the Built Environment they may not have been aware of before. Working with volunteer ambassadors from The Landscape Institute pupils will complete a design brief inspired by the City Centre's current exhibition A Smarter City.
Building the Law (KS5) Full Day
This workshop is an opportunity for pupils considering a career in law to get an insight into the work of property lawyers and to extend their understanding of land law. In collaboration with Berwin Leighton Paisner and National Justice Museum Education this dual site visit to the City Centre and the Royal Courts of Justice will focus on the legal processes behind the design and construction of major new developments in the City. What happens when a building is called into public inquiry because it threatens the City's historic skyline? How do Lawyers work to ensure their clients' projects are successfully delivered? Pupils will find out more through a range of practical challenges culminating in preparing a mock trial based on a real life case study.
I am an Architect (KS2 or 3) Half Day
This insight morning run in collaboration with leading City practise John Robertson Architects is an opportunity for pupils in KS2 or 3 to get to grips with the who, what and why of architecture. Do architects just design pretty buildings? What does the daily life of an architect really look like? How does somebody become an architect? Do you have to be good at maths? These and many other questions will be answered by real architects in this workshop designed to give pupils their first taster of the discipline. Students will learn through hands-on creative participation and be inspired by the City of London model to complete their own group design challenge.
So you want to be an Architect? (KS4 or 5) Half Day
This workshop is an opportunity for pupils considering a career in architecture to meet architects working at leading practise PDP London. The workshop will challenge students to extend their understanding of an architect's role and daily life. Pupils will work in groups to complete a design brief challenge inspired by the City of London model as well as having the chance to get their questions about study and career options answered by the professionals.
Urban Planning in the City of London (KS4 or 5) Half Day
How do you plan for new buildings in a City as complicated as London? With many regulations that govern where and what we build developers and architects work with urban planners to create a masterplan for areas they want to change ensuring that new buildings are in keeping with historic architecture and that we build for the future while preserving the past. Working with professionals from the City of London Corporation pupils will gain an insight to the discipline through a series of practical challenges using the City of London model as a case study.
Future Engineers Maths Challenge (KS3-5) Half Day
Engineering is the application of scientific knowledge to solve real world problems. By creating the infrastructure that we need to survive and live comfortable lives engineers are needed in every walk of life. How do you dig a tube tunnel, construct a safe bridge or build the City's tallest Skyscraper? In this introductory half day workshop with the Institution of Civil Engineers pupils will meet volunteer ambassadors working in the field who will introduce them to the daily life of engineers working on building projects like those shown on the City of London model. Pupils will complete a series of maths challenges to help them gain an understanding of the practical use of basic engineering principles within construction.
What is Surveying? (KS3-5) Half Day
Surveyors lead the growth of our built environment by providing a variety of expertise in different fields. From managing construction costs and negotiating leases to calculating rental values and facilities management Surveyors fulfil a huge range of roles that are essential to the success of any property venture. This workshop run by The Chartered Surveyors Training Trust will introduce pupils to the profession and the various study routes available through an informative careers talk and practical hands-on group challenge.
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