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.
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 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.
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.
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 -
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.
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.
Regenerating London: What’s going on in my borough? (KS3-KS4) Toggle
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 are introduced 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 workshop is recommended for those studying Geography.
Regenerating London: UK case study for geography GCSE and A Level (KS4-KS5) Toggle
New London Architecture
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.
We recommend booking this session when covering UK Case Study coursework at GCSE to help students develop a focused topic and as an introduction to the Changing Places (AQA) or Shaping Places (Edexcel) module at A-Level.
Engineering Tall Buildings: STEM Challenge. (KS3) 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 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.
Digital Design Skills Workshop (KS3-KS5) Toggle
Digital Design Skills
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.
Sketch Up Workshop: Designing Homes for the Future (KS3-KS5) Toggle
The housing crisis is a topic of discussion for many Londoners today. Historical factors such as rising population, right-to-buy, the demise of social housing and the increasing dominance of the private rental sector has changed the way we live dramatically. It is now estimated that London needs to build 60,000 new homes a year to keep up with demand. With the advance of technology in recent years, architects are asking if technology can provide a solution to the increasing demand for housing?
In this session, developed to coincide with NLA’s new research and exhibition Factory-made Housing: a solution for London? we will look at the many creative ideas being presented by design professionals to ‘futureproof’ our cities with innovative plans for housing in and outside of London. Students will get the chance to design their own modular housing using Sketch Up.
Designing My City: Health and Wellbeing (KS2 - Year 5 or 6 only) Toggle