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Culture Mile to join learning revolution

Cities of Learning

Culture Mile Learning is set to become one of the first London organisations to join a new movement to recognise and connect learning – aiming to benefit thousands of learners in the city.

Culture Mile Learning is one of three winners of the Cities of Learning London Competition, supported by A New Direction.

Cities of Learning captures all the learning that’s hidden in a city and surfaces it via a digital app, so that it’s easy to discover and get involved, making opportunities to acquire crucial employability and life skills:

  • Visible: By making the all the points of learning in a city visible, learners are empowered to discover and take advantage of the opportunities on their doorstep.
  • Measurable: Using digital badges to track what learning takes place and where, learners have a new currency (beyond exam results) to showcase their talents.
  • Connected: The platform connects learners with learning providers and employers, all in one ‘digital’ space. This provides pathways into further learning opportunities and employment whilst also helping employers find the people who are right for the job.
  • The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted the importance of recognising the home learning which is taking place throughout the UK. London boroughs will work with the RSA and the pilot cities to share knowledge about how they can connect with schools and employment opportunities at a time of social distancing.
  • Initially pioneered in the US, the pilots being developed by the RSA, in partnership with developers Navigatr. The programme has received support from City & Guilds Group and UFI Charitable Trust.
  • The app will be launched in Summer 2020. For more details or to talk to programme leads and participants, contact Tom Kenyon at the RSA: tom.kenyon@rsa.org.uk


Rosemara Mather-Lupton, Culture Mile Learning Programme Manager, said:

“Culture Mile is delighted to be starting our Cities of Learning journey, working closely with the RSA and our amazing cultural partners, schools and employers to deliver this important and very timely project.”

“With collaboration at the heart of all we do, our pilot will be delivered through the thriving partnerships that we’ve cultivated over the past four years. We’ll work with Culture Mile Learning, a diverse range of 29 cultural partners, the City of London Academy Trust, and the Culture Mile Network, a partnership of City-based businesses committed to working together, to connect young Londoners with the cultural opportunities and guided pathways into flourishing careers. Our work has always prioritised working with young people who face significant socio-economic and other barriers to cultural engagement and employment, and we will channel this commitment and experience into our Cities of Learning programme.”

Tom Kenyon, programme lead for Cities of Learning at the RSA, said:

“Skills like collaborating, solving problems, being resilient and making things happen are all suited to learning outside of the classroom and are all vital for the jobs of tomorrow, but to date have been hard to gain accreditation for – which is challenging for both learners and employers.

“By making learning more visible, measurable and connected, Cities of Learning will help people in the pilot areas take advantage of the opportunities on their doorstep through a new currency alongside exam results to showcase their talents. Employers will be helped to find the people who are right for the jobs.

“Learners, employers and learning providers can get involved by signing-up at thersa.org/cities-of-learning.