The Institute of Imagination (iOi) is a children’s charity with international reach. Working with parents, educators, community leaders and industry experts, we have transformed the lives of over 100,000 children from under-served communities across the globe.

What do we do?

At iOi we are all about schools, families, and communities. We design and deliver award-winning learning experiences for children aged 5 to 11 years old. The iOi Schools Programme is provides digital and physical resources, teacher training, and live broadcast workshops set around different themes.

Our Schools Programme builds skills such as confidence, creative thinking, collaboration and curiosity, as well as literacies such as engineering, digital literacy, and coding skills.

Currently, the iOi Schools Programme is FREE for eight boroughs of London: Newham, Islington, Lambeth, Lewisham, Greenwich, Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Barking and Dagenham, but we are expanding our reach from Spring 2023.

iOi has worked with The LEGO Group to produce an Imagination Box full of sensory activities for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

Find out more about what we do here.

Since the iOi was founded over ten years ago, we’ve achieved real impact for children and families across London, the UK and the world. So far, over 120,000 people have participated in our award-winning creative programmes with world-class partners like the British Council, TATE and The LEGO Group, who champion opportunities for children to develop their imaginations.

There still exists a huge degree of inequality in education, made more stark by the COVID-19 pandemic. We believe imagination, and the iOi, have a huge role to play in redressing the balance in school, in the home and in our society.

Read more about Our Mission here.