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. We offer 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 visits to New London Architecture and extracurricular workshops for young people.
We encourage self-guided trips 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.
We are also part of City Family Arts Network running bespoke sessions at the weekends for schools or charities who wish to bring family groups.
Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays during term time
Free (subject to eligibility)*
Half Day: 10.30 - 12.30 or 13.15 - 15.15
Full Day: 10.30 - 15.00
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 Learning Co-ordinator
At Your School
We are able to arrange any of our Built Environment Careers workshops to take place as a bespoke session at your school.
Please note that for schools outreach we charge a fee of £120.
* Eligibility Criteria
1. Your school must be a secondary state school in the Greater London area.
2. At least 30% of pupils at your school must be eligible for Pupil Premium. Special schools do not need to meet the Pupil Premium requirement.
3. If you do not meet the criteria we will still endeavour to accommodate your group. Bookings are made on a monthly basis and priority will be given to schools who meet the eligibility criteria first before bookings are opened up to other schools.
For more information and to book contact our Learning Co-ordinator
Our venue is part of the City Schools Visits Fund which means that eligible schools can apply to have any associated costs of their visit covers by this fund.
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.
Art and Design
Digital Design Skills (KS3-5) Half Day
Pupils work with architects learning how to use the architectural design programme Sketch Up. They will get a demonstration alongside tuition in the basics of the programme. Set a brief based on a real construction site in the City of London they will work in groups to create their own digital building designs before presenting their final ideas to the class.
Built Environment Careers Workshops
Careers in the Built Environment (KS3-5)
Pupils visit 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.
What is Construction? (KS3-5) Half Day
This insight morning is an opportunity for 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.
How do you change a place? 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, learning how planning shapes our streets, transforming the areas in which we live and work.
The London Curriculum
Are you a KS2 or 3 teacher currently using The London Curriculum to inform your students about their city? We can support your classroom teaching with tailored visits to the City of London model and taught sessions delivering the lesson plans you’re already using. Get in touch with our Learning team for more information.
I am an Architect (KS2 or 3) Half Day
This insight morning 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 the City of London? With many regulations that govern where and what we build developers and architects work with urban planners to carefully and sensitively decide what they want to change and preserve, ensuring that new buildings are in keeping with historic architecture and that we build for the future while protecting the past. Working with professionals from the City of London Corporation pupils will gain an insight to the discipline of urban planning.
Master Planning in London (KS3 or 4) Half Day
How do you plan for new places, infrastructure and buildings in a city as vast and complex as London? Developers and architects work with urban planners to create masterplans of areas when creating new places and regenerating existing sites. Working with professionals from AECOM pupils will be introduced to the London Plan and gain an insight into masterplanning through a series of practical challenges using the London model and AECOM's work as inspiration.
Future Engineers STEM 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 pupils will meet volunteer engineering ambassadors from Sir Robert McAlpine 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.