Schools can visit our galleries for self-guided trips or to book a workshop. At these taught sessions students receive a model talk, meet built environment professionals and engage in a range of hands on practical activities.
Self-guided entry during our normal opening hours is free. We ask schools to inform us with the class size, year group, and time of their planned visits.
See the full list of available talks and workshops at the button below. We also offer bespoke classes on request. All of our sessions can be tailored to the specific needs of a class including SEN.
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.
Free & paid sessions
Many options to visit are free for all, see our session suggestions below.
Fee waiver 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. Missed sessions are subject to a nominal fee if you cancel your booking less than one week before it is due to take place
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.
All other visits, schools outreach and bespoke sessions
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.
Choose from these suggested sessions...
Self-guided visits (all school groups welcome from KS1-5)
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 always free.
The London Curriculum (KS2 and KS3)
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.
Model talks and tours (all school groups welcome from KS1-5)
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.
Introduction to Architecture (KS2-4)
An introductory session recommended for all levels and subject areas.
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.
Architectural Skills: Model Making (KS3-5)
Recommended for those studying Art and Design.
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.
Boroughs: Regenerating London (KS4-5)
Recommended for those studying Geography.
GCSE and A Level Geography - Suitable for Year 10-12 (KS4 & 5)
Our 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.
Tall Buildings: Engineering STEM Challenge (KS3)
Recommended for students studying Maths, Physics and Technology.
Our annual NLA London Tall Buildings Surve
y 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.
Housing: Homes for the Future (KS3-5)
Recommended for those studying either Technology, Art or Design.
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 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.