Pupils at Nuneaton’s Values Academy boosted their knowledge of all things money during a day of financial education sponsored by Hinckley & Rugby Building Society.
Ed Flack, a financial education expert from the not-for-profit WizeUp, worked with around 10 pupils from years 10 and 11 at the school.
Ed said: “We spent a fantastic day with the senior students at Values Academy. Everyone made great contributions to a really lively day. One student was the quickest person I have seen in spotting a 3,500-year-old clay money box for its original purpose – keeping bees.
“We looked at the history of money, online security, saving, budgeting, apprenticeships and income tax – stuff which was all relevant to the students.
“As ever, enormous thanks to the staff who made today run smoothly and to Hinckley & Rugby Building Society for its continued support in making days such as these possible.”
Values Academy is a charitable independent school with an emphasis on social and moral development which welcomes young people who have experienced failures in mainstream education.
Sarah Roberts, SEN team leader, said: “The pupils were very excited and had been really looking forward to this. Money is such an important topic; it is essential they understand it and WizeUp’s visit meant they could learn about finances in a fun way.
“It’s great that Hinckley & Rugby is backing this. We are a charity so we really embrace that support and it’s always good for people to come in and see what we do, plus it gives our children an opportunity to engage with new people and organisations and deepen the skills we have been teaching them along the way.”
Hinckley & Rugby’s Nuneaton customer assistant Diane Harris dropped in to see Ed’s lessons in action. Diane said: “Every time Ed visits a school it’s a fun day for the students who also learn important and helpful skills towards managing their money in the future.”
Last year Hinckley & Rugby helped Values Academy by donating a new computer to enhance its pupils’ studying across the curriculum including ICT skills.