The City Centre hosts the New London Architecture Learning programme helping 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.
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. Our programme is also delivered at New London Architecture and we offer 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 volunteering.
A full list of available talks and workshops is available on the New London Architecture Learning page. 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.
The Children’s University
The City Centre is a Learning Destination for The Childrens’ University a national scheme to encourage children to explore their city. The Children's University (CU) Trust is a charitable trust that provides 5 to 14 year olds exciting and innovative learning activities and experiences outside normal school hours. Children enrolled on CU can view the City of London model and get their passport stamped by our front of house team.
We offer a range of workshops at both The City Centre and New London Architecture which are free for eligible schools during term time. Please see our full listings on the New London Architecture Learning page.
Workshops cover a range of topics related to careers in the built environment are targeted to different key stages and linked to the national curriculum. Each two hour visit includes a model talk, industry volunteer support and a hands-on practical STEM or arts based activity.
Outreach and Bespoke
We are able to arrange any of our workshops to take place at your school as outreach and create additional bespoke visits based on the specific Learning needs of your class.
Please note that for schools outreach and bespoke visits we charge a fee of £120 + VAT
The London Curriculum
If you are 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.
Please contact Hannah Askari our Learning Co-ordinator at least one month before you wish to visit.
* 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. Priority will be given to schools who meet the eligibility criteria first before bookings are opened up to other schools.
4. Missed sessions are subject to a nominal fee if you cancel your booking less than one week before it is due to take place.
Our venue is part of the Culture Mile Schools Visits Fund which means that eligible schools can apply to have any associated costs of their visit covers by this fund.