The NLA Learning Programme inspires 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.

Sessions can be held at NLA, The Building Centre and a variety of locations across the city. 

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

Price

All school visits to NLA are free!

Please note that for schools outreach and bespoke visits we charge a fee of £120 + VAT. We are able to arrange any of our Built Environment Careers workshops to take place at your school as outreach and create additional bespoke visits based on the specific Learning needs of your class.

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.

We can help you to achieve the Gatsby Careers benchmarks for your pupils as our sessions involve meaningful encounters with professionals and links to careers in the curriculum.  

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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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 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 -

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

Introduction to Architecture (KS2-4) Toggle

This insight morning is an opportunity for pupils to grips with the who, what and why of architecture. What does an architect do? 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. 

This is an introductory session and is recommended for all levels and subject areas.

Please contact Hannah Askari, Learning Officer, for more information or to book.

Architectural Skills: Model Making (KS3-5) Toggle

This workshop will introduce pupils to the architectural skill of model making. Why do architects make models? What can we learn from a model? What different types of models are there? Pupils will learn about the career of an architectural model maker and complete a design brief challenge. Working in groups they will create models using professional materials to visualise their own designs.

This session is recommended for those studying Art and Design

Please contact Hannah Askari, Learning Officer, for more information or to book.

Boroughs: Regenerating London (KS4-5) 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 students with a comprehensive introduction to Regeneration in London. Students are given an interactive talk around the New London Model and introduced to the latest development projects, transport hubs, and sustainability initiatives in transforming London’s town centres for the future. Students are encouraged to take notes in this seminar-style workshop.  

This session is recommended for those studying Geography.

Please contact Hannah Askari, Learning Officer, for more information or to book. Click here to find out more about NLA’s Boroughs Programme.

Tall Buildings: Engineering STEM Challenge (KS3) Toggle

Half-day

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 is an introductory workshop to the daily challenges of engineers working on tall buildings in London. 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.

This session is recommended for students studying Maths, Physics and Technology.

Please contact Learning Officer Hannah Askari to book.

Click here to find out more about NLA’s Tall Building Programme.

Housing: Homes for the Future (KS3-5) Toggle

Providing homes for London’s residents is one of the Mayor’s top priorities. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government says that we need to deliver 40,000 homes a year for Londoners. How do councils, architects, engineers and planners deliver this? In this session students will engage with NLA’s new exhibition on Public Housing work with architects and engineers and learn how to use architecture design software Sketch Up and design new housing for the future. Students will be set design challenges, as well as be given the opportunity to explore their own creativity and learn about the future of housing for London.

This session is recommended for those studying either Technology, Art or Design.

Please contact Hannah Askari, Learning Officer, for more information or to book.

Click here to find out more about NLA’s Housing Programme.

Schools Exhibition Tours: Future Designs for London’s Streets Toggle

By the year 2050 London’s streets will look very different. Already places like Oxford Circus are changing to become more pedestrian friendly and many now have smart city technology available along their routes to help people do things such as navigate, check air quality or even charge their phone.

This exhibition imagines what will happen to our cities streets in the future, how technology will further change the way we move around the city and how we should design the streets of the future. During a visit to this exhibition pupils will receive a curator led tour before completing an architecture walk of Bloomsbury where they will learn more about the streets around NLA and how they might be designed differently in the future. Pupils will get to come up with their own design ideas and to understand how architects and planners can work together to create healthier streets that benefit all Londoners.

School exhibition tours are free. Please contact Lettie McKie, Head of Learning, for general information on our Learning programme or Hannah Askari, Learning Officer, to book your visit.

Introduction to Architecture Toggle

This term our Introduction to Architecture Session for primary schools will include a design brief inspired by The City Centre’s current exhibition Urban Bodies by artist Willi Dorner. Pupils will get the chance to design their own public spaces and decide how they might be used for art installations, performances and events.

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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