Innovate TfL

Programme changing

The programme was paused when schools were closed in 2020 but we are now taking registrations for a new format Innovate TfL. You can express interest by emailing

With our support and that of their school, college or youth organisation and working in teams of four to six, the students produce:

  • A filmed presentation in school (up to five minutes) with all team members contributing. The presentation will consist of a Powerpoint with students presenting to camera, and will be judged on content, not production values
  • An 'advert' for their innovation (30 seconds), which could be animation, infographics or any medium viewed on a screen
  • A design of their innovation in any medium they choose: physical model, computer aided design model, technical picture or an artistic impression

Team members will be assigned roles that reflect the real world and the best teams will be shortlisted to attend a final event in central London with senior TfL staff, stakeholders and suppliers. All the finalists' presentations, adverts and designs will be showcased and the teams will answer questions from the TfL panel and supply chain experts before a winner is chosen.

We will provide you with:

  • Digital teacher/staff support pack, including posters, launch event pack (slides and lesson plan) and pupil packs.
  • TfL 'Innovators' to support your launch event and teams working on the project

TfL Innovators will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and may be limited by availability and location.

You will need to provide:

  • A member of staff to coordinate your students
  • A completed registration form
  • Arrange your Introduction to Innovate TfL in the new academic year
  • Support for students entering Innovate TfL, including a minimum amount of time in school/college
  • Work with TfL to provide feedback and evaluation data 

Teams based outside London

For schools or colleges outside of Greater London (the London Mayor's jurisdiction) we are very limited in providing Innovators but you can contact STEMNET to engage with STEM professionals who may support your launch event.

Youth groups and charities

We welcome teams from youth groups or youth charities although participants must be in Year 12 or 13 or be aged 16 to 19 years old if they are not in full-time education.

Under-16s can't enter Innovate TfL as the work experience prize could include site visits and travel. However, we offer other activities for Key stage 4 and below, or for Key stage 1-3 you can also view the London Transport Museum's resources.


Complements the curriculum: Including Post 16 PHSCE curriculum, a wide range of subjects including engineering, technology and ICT, science, maths, creative subjects, design, English, humanities and business.

Gatsby benchmarks: participation will meet 5 of out the 8 benchmarks.

Simulated work experience: The project is designed along real world principles, giving students simulated work experience which can be added to their CVs or personal statements.

Year 12 students can gain skills needed for the workplace and learn about career options, while Year 13 students will find the experience an invaluable opportunity before they finish Key Stage 5.

Work experience and the final: All teams shortlisted for the final will win work experience at TfL. This will include half-day insight sessions on topics ranging from marketing to engineering and at least three days shadowing one area. There will also be employability support including CV and interview support.

Work and life skills: Innovate TfL uses London's iconic transport network to inspire young people to develop their confidence and skills. These include team working, communication, project and time management, plus analytical, research, creative, numeracy and literacy skills.

Delivery methods

Innovate TfL is designed to be delivered in school/college flexibly to suit your cohort of students. We recommend a blend of guided and independent learning following the introduction event in your school/college.

After the introduction to Innovate TfL we would suggest between one and two guided learning hours per week with one or two independent learning hours per week over a eight to ten week period, depending on your students and time available.

If you want more information about the time commitment required email us at