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A primary school class learning through model making at the RIBA

Over 1,000 school children learn from RIBA programme

RIBA celebrates the first anniversary of its National Schools Programme

Posted by Stephanie Broad | June 14, 2016 | School life

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) celebrates the first anniversary of its Schools Programme on 1 July. The RIBA Schools Programme targets both primary and secondary schools (key stages two to five) and supports partnerships between teachers and Architecture Ambassadors, RIBA members trained to work in schools. 

The curriculum-linked programme is free to non-fee paying schools and aims to empower the next generation to take an active interest in designing, planning and managing the built environment in a sustainable way.

In its first year, RIBA has worked with more than 1,000 school children in 34 primary and secondary schools. RIBA is currently recruiting schools across England to take part in the programme for the 2016-2017 academic term. 

The programme is based around the collection and exhibitions at 66 Portland Place. It aims to provide the next generations with experience, knowledge and understanding of architecture and the built environment around them, and the skills and confidence to become involved in debates surrounding it. During visits to 66 Portland Place, children visit the exhibition, explore the building, engage with the collection and have the opportunity to design and build. In addition to these visits, schools can also be partnered with an Architectural Ambassador, a RIBA architect member who volunteers their time to an architectural project back in the school. This allows students to draw on their visit to the RIBA to explore a theme they are focussing on in class or in their local area.  

Learn more about the programme at


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