Top marks for money workshop

Pupils at a Great Barr school enjoy a lesson in managing money, courtesy of local branch staff.

Pupils at a Great Barr school enjoy a lesson in managing money, courtesy of local branch staff.

The next generation of savers got an early insight into the value and impact of money when colleagues from the West Brom visited a neighbouring school.

More than 60 pupils at Meadow View JMI School took part in a special Money Go Round financial awareness workshop hosted by Kingstanding Branch Manager Elaine Lowe and Retail Manager Fiona McTeigue.

They spoke to the group of Year Six pupils about issues such as the differences between a bank and a building society and what people use them for, the dangers of excessive debt and guidance on money management.

Elaine said: “It was fantastic to go to Meadow View and offer a gentle introduction to money and how it affects everybody on a day-to-day basis. The youngsters we were speaking to were aged 10 and 11 and the messages we shared were tailored specifically for that age group.

“Money can be a confusing subject and it’s important to get youngsters thinking about the associated issues now, rather than learning the hard way later on. The students were very receptive to what we were saying and hopefully they found it as rewarding listening to the presentation as we did delivering it.”

Jason Wedge, Assistant Head Teacher at Meadow View JMI School, added: "It was an excellent workshop that the West Brom had created for us and a subject the pupils really engaged with.

“All the participants got a lot out of it and it’s a fantastic way of introducing children to the basic principles of money at an early age.”

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