Schools and Young People

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.

The programme promotes STEM careers in Planning, Architecture, Landscape Design and Urban Regeneration through sessions suitable for pupils in Key Stages 3, 4 and 5. Taught sessions are linked to the National Curriculum across History, Art, Engineering, Construction and Design and include hands-on practical challenges, as well as talks and tours with practitioners in London. All school sessions are free! 

Events

We offer extra-curricular workshops for young people interested in architecture, engineering, construction and design.

Please contact Lettie McKie, Head of Learning, for further information and to book your visit.

NLA are currently looking for a Freelance Learning Facilitator - click here for further information.

London's Towns: What’s going on in my borough? 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 current exhibition 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 London’s Towns exhibition at NLA. They present their final designs for change within their own area around the London model to an audience of industry volunteers. 

Learning outcomes:

- Model making, drawing and digital design skills
- Exposure to career choices available in the Built Environment

This session is free. For more information or to book a session email Lettie McKie, Head of Learning. 

London’s Towns – a case study of challenges in the UK’s urban environment Toggle

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

10.30 – 12.30 or 13.15 – 15.15
Free

Our current exhibition 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

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 exhibition 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

Pearson Edexcel 2016 (Geography A) - Component 2: The Human Environment, Topic 4: Changing Cities, overview of urban patterns and processes (UK Case Study)         

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 guided visit to the exhibition 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: Area tours of boroughs featured in the exhibition are available in the afternoons for fieldwork.  

Curriculum links for A level

AQA 2016 Curriculum Human Geography 8, 3.2.2 Changing Places, 3.2.2.4 local or contrasting place study

Pearson Edexcel 2016 Area of Study 2: Dynamic Place Topic 4: Changing Places, Enquiry 1: How and Why do places vary? An in-depth study of the place you live and a contrasting place.

This session is free. For more information or to book a session email Lettie McKie, Head of Learning. 

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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.

Self-guided visits to NLA are free. To book, please contact Lettie McKie, Head of Learning. 

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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.

Please contact Lettie McKie, Head of Learning, for more information. 

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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.

For more information or to book a session email Lettie McKie, Head of Learning. 

We're recruiting - Freelance Learning Facilitator Toggle

We run formal and informal Learning sessions throughout the year. Freelance facilitators teach our sessions and help us to create content for our programme.

Click here for more information and job description. 

After School Networking and Careers Advice for Young People (Year 10-13) Toggle

Thinking about a career in the Built Environment? Our after school sessions give you the chance to meet professionals and get your questions answered on a whole range of career and study options. Whether your considering structural engineering, architecture, urban planning or construction careers we can introduce you to people working and teaching in the field.

Our sessions are for everyone. You might not know what you want to do yet or be putting together your final UCAS applications. You might like art and design or you might prefer geography and STEM subjects. Whatever your talents and interests you’ll be surprised at what the property and development might be able to you offer you. From surveying to landscape architecture, lighting design to model making it encompasses a huge range of careers you might not have heard of before.

Our events will help you find out more to match up your skills and ambitions with the choices available. We have events for young people at every stage in the process happening throughout the year. 

Click here to register for the Portfolio Advice Surgery sesion

For more information or to book a session email Lettie McKie, Head of Learning. 

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The City Centre celebrates inaugural Summer Academy

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The City Centre launched a new offer for 14-19 year olds this July with the Summer Academy: Think, Design, Make, pioneered to inspire the next generation of Architects and Engineers.

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