NLA and The City Centre have launched a pioneering new programme for Schools and Young People to inspire the next generation about London’s built environment and the huge range of careers within it.
Our Schools programme is free to all London schools. We offer model talks around the New London Model, tours of the city and taught sessions linked to the National Curriculum. We also offer visits to The City Centre.
We 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.
All school sessions are free!
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. If planning to visit the New London Model, please give at least two weeks notice.
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. If planning to visit the New London Model, please give at least two weeks' notice.
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.
Master Planning in London (KS3 or 4) Toggle
New London Architecture
10.30am - 12.30pm
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.
What’s going on in my borough? (KS3 and KS4) Toggle
Two day: Cross-curricular (Geography, Art & Design, STEM, Built Environment Careers) Free
Day 1 Takes place at your school (10am-3pm)
Day 2 Takes place at New London Architecture (10.30am – 12.30pm or 13.15 – 15.15)
Suitable for Year 7-9 (KS3)
Inspired by our recent research London’s Towns: Shaping the Polycentric City this 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.
On day one the NLA Learning team and industry volunteers including developers, architects and planners visit your school to take students through a design brief to transform their own town centres. Working in groups they will be introduced to the London Plan, access 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 to come up with one key change they would make to their town centres across transport and infrastructure, digital connectivity or public space.
On day two pupils visit the New London Architecture galleries. They present their final designs for change within their own area around the New London Model to an audience of industry volunteers.
- Model making, drawing and digital design skills
- Exposure to career choices available in the Built Environment
Digital Design Skills Workshop (KS3-KS5) Toggle
Digital Design Skills
Half-day workshop suitable for KS3-5
10.30am – 12.30pm or 13.15pm – 15.15pm
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.
Regenerating London: UK case study for geography GCSE and A Level (KS3-KS5) Toggle
New London Architecture
10.30-12.30 or 13.15-15.15
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.
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.
Additional extras: Area tours of boroughs featured in the research are available in the afternoons for fieldwork.
Curriculum links for GCSE:
AQA 2016 - 3.2 Challenges in the Human Environment Unit, 3.2.1 Section A, UK City Case Study
Edexcel 2016 (Geography A) - Component 2: The Human Environment, Topic 4: Changing Cities, overview of urban patterns and processes (UK Case Study)
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.
Additional extras: Tours can be arranged of interesting regeneration areas in the afternoons
Curriculum links for A Level:
AQA 2016 Changing Places
Edexcel 2016 Regenerating Place
STEM Careers in the Built Environment at London Real Estate Forum (KS3-KS5) Toggle
London Real Estate Forum, Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London, W1J 6BR
Tuesday 12 June - 10.30-1pm
Pupils will have the opportunity to meet professionals from across a range of property disciplines and hear inspiring stories of how they found fulfilling, life-long careers in a huge variety of occupations - from structural engineering to quantity surveying, town planning to landscape architecture.
Practical activities will include careers talks, speed-networking and careers and employability advice. Students will also be invited to take part in an interactive guided tour of the exhibition, which will introduce them to state of the art models and displays about the latest developments in central London and the outer boroughs.
This trip is the perfect end of year complement to Year 10-13 learning about regeneration, sustainability, citizenship, design and careers in the curriculum.
If you have previously brought a group to NLA or The City Centre why not take the chance to help them engage further with this rare opportunity to attend a professional built environment focussed event.
This exclusive event is free of charge to schools but places are extremely limited. For more information and to apply to bring a group contact us by half-term Friday May 25, 5pm.
For more information, or to book, email Lettie McKie, Head of Learning - firstname.lastname@example.org.
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