Schools and Young People

The Learning Programme is a pioneering new collaboration between New London Architecture (NLA) 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.

Through active participation, and direct engagement with leading London professionals, we promote STEAM careers (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Design and Maths) in the built environment, working to combat the current skills shortage in the property and development sector. We are committed to addressing this crucial issue in an industry set to grow by 2.9% by 2019. 

We utilise our scale models of London, temporary exhibition programmes and key contacts from across our networks to encourage a diverse range of talented young people to pursue study and career options in the industry. We offer school visits, workshops and extracurricular projects. 

We also encourage self-guided trips from schools to the 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 NLA Members with expertise in Architecture, Urban Planning, Engineering and Construction who contribute to our programme as volunteer mentors.

A full list of available talks and workshops is below. We also offer bespoke sessions on request. All of our sessions can be tailored to the specific needs of a class including SEN.

Our Aim:
To Inspire young people about London’s built environment

To Engage them with the variety of careers available across the built environment, from architecture to engineering, development and planning


To Empower young people by giving them a voice, equipping them with the skills they need

All school sessions are free! 

Please contact Lettie McKie, Head of Learning, for general information on our Learning programme or Hannah Askari, Learning Coordinator, to book.

Self-guided visits (all school groups welcome from KS1-5) Toggle

All school groups are welcome to visit the NLA for a free, self-guided trip of our 1:2000 interactive scale model of London and exhibitions on the future of the city.

We also offer short introductory talks, covering London’s development over history, and the exciting new architecture and development which will shape its future. 

Self-guided visits to NLA are free. Please contact Lettie McKie, Head of Learning, for general information on our Learning programme or Hannah Askari, Learning Coordinator, to book your visit.

Model talks and tours (all school groups welcome from KS1-5) Toggle

Model talks are a great addition to any day trip to London. The model reveals a fascinating glimpse into the future of the London’s skyline and enables pupils to see a panorama of the capital they can’t get at street level. We can accommodate groups of up to 30 pupils for 10 minute introductory talks which are free of charge. 

We can also arrange longer talks and tours of the area with one of our knowledgeable guides. 

Please contact Lettie McKie, Head of Learning, for general information on our Learning programme or Hannah Askari, Learning Coordinator, to book your visit.

Regenerating London: What’s going on in my borough? (KS3-KS5) Toggle

Full day or half day.

Inspired by our recent research London’s Towns: Shaping the Polycentric City session is aimed at increasing pupils understanding of the planning process and the future development of their own area alongside careers in the construction industry. Through hands-on challenges pupils consider what makes a successful sustainable town, learning more about what key challenges face city planners in London today. Students areintroduced to the London Plan, accessing statistics about the changing needs of London’s population and learn about the role of planners within London’s built environment as applied to the context of their own area. They will work in groups on design challenges as part of this session.  

This session is free. Please contact Lettie McKie, Head of Learning, for general information on our Learning programme or Hannah Askari, Learning Coordinator, to book your visit.

Regenerating London: UK case study for geography GCSE and A Level (KS3-KS5) Toggle

New London Architecture
Half day

GCSE and A Level Geography - Suitable for Year 10-12 (KS4 & 5)

Our recent research London’s Towns: Shaping the Polycentric City provides geography GCSE and A Level students with a UK case study for the urban challenges facing London in the wake of population growth to 11 million people by 2050. 

GCSE

Beginning around the New London Model this session is designed to enable pupils’ awareness of the planning process - introducing them to the concept of the London Plan. Informed by the latest data and live development projects they will expand their understanding of the role of transport and infrastructure, regeneration and technological innovation in transforming London’s town centres for a sustainable future. Sessions can be based on the specific borough of their school. Activities include quizzes, hands-on interactive experience of the exhibition, statistical analysis and group design challenges led by our volunteer planners, architects and developers.      

A Level

The session is designed to enable pupils’ awareness of the planning process introducing them to the role of the London Plan. Informed by a model talk and an hour long seminar they will be exposed to the latest qualitative and quantitative data about the impact of developments and master planning within a specific borough. The session will enhance pupils understanding of the role of transport and infrastructure, regeneration and digital innovations in unlocking the potential of places for a sustainable future.

This session is free. Please contact Lettie McKie, Head of Learning, for general information on our Learning programme or Hannah Askari, Learning Coordinator, to book your visit.

STEAM Challenge: How to build a Skyscraper. Suitable for KS3 (Half-Day) Toggle

The recent annual NLA London Tall Buildings Survey shows there are 500+ new skyscrapers planned for our city. This has a huge impact on the way areas in London look, feel and are used. This workshop introduces students to what tall buildings are, why London needs them and how we build them. Through hands-on STEM challenges students will gain an understanding of the role of tall buildings in regeneration as well as learning about the construction and engineering innovations that allow us to build them.

Please contact Lettie McKie, Head of Learning, for general information on our Learning programme or Hannah Askari, Learning Coordinator, to book.

Digital Design Skills Workshop (KS3-KS5) Toggle

Digital Design Skills 

Half-day workshop

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 London they will work in groups to create their own digital building designs before presenting their final ideas to the class.

Please contact Lettie McKie, Head of Learning, for general information on our Learning programme or Hannah Askari, Learning Coordinator, to book your visit.

The London Curriculum (KS2 and KS3) Toggle

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 new London model and taught sessions delivering the lesson plans you’re already using. 

Please contact Lettie McKie, Head of Learning, for general information on our Learning programme or Hannah Askari, Learning Coordinator, to book.

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