Rave reviews for Legal & General’s financial education programme
20 Sep 2018
Legal & General’s ‘Everyday Money’ financial education programme is getting rave reviews from students and teachers. In 2018, we toured 28 schools around the country bringing our finance workshops to nearly 4,000 school students. Young people often see money and finance as deadly dull and confusing, so we pulled out all the stops to make the workshops enjoyable and fun.
“This is such a fabulous workshop. We want you back next time”. That was the enthusiastic reaction of a Year 10 teacher from the Arts and Media School, Islington to Legal & General’s ‘Everyday Money’ financial education programme.
In 2018, we toured 28 schools around the country bringing our finance workshops to nearly 4,000 school students. Young people often see money and finance as deadly dull and confusing, so we pulled out all the stops to make the workshops enjoyable and fun. Our Everyday Money tour started in April 2018 in Cardiff and headed east to Bristol, Bath, Bracknell, Sussex and then London. In June we ventured north to Leicestershire, Coventry, Birmingham, Greater Manchester and Leeds ending up in July in Tyneside, visiting five schools in Woodkirk, Gosforth, Jarrow, Wickham and Castle View.
What was especially pleasing to us was the positive reactions we got from students and teachers alike.
What the teachers said:
- “The workshops today were without doubt the most informative finance based workshop I’ve ever seen.” Learning Manager, Hillcrest School for girls, Birmingham
- “It was an excellent opportunity for pupils to experience maths in real life.” Teacher, Beis Yaakov High School, Salford.
- “Thank you for visiting us today and running this excellent session. The students were really positive…” Head of Business and Economics, Beacon Academy, Leicestershire.
- "Fantastic workshop. The students responded really well. You spoke to them on their level and we would love to have you back." Teacher, UTC MediaCityUK, Salford.
What the students said:
- “I can see how people get into debt. It seems really easy to. That’s worrying.” Year 10 student, Edgbarrow School, Crowthorne, Berkshire.
- “The tax brackets should be tweaked a bit. Have more categories because it jumps too quickly.” Year 9 student, University of Birmingam School.
- "Taxes are more complex than I thought.” Year 10 student, Bishop Hedley High School Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales.
What it means to us
We live in an unequal society, where millions of people are excluded from the benefits of personal financial services. It’s our responsibility to change this ourselves and make society more inclusive, rather than expecting people to understand how to manage their finances and save for their future.
Financial literacy is now part of the national curriculum for state schools for 11-16-year-olds and is included in the maths syllabus for 5-14-year-olds. Our aim is to help teachers and children alike to understand the basics of finance: how to earn, spend and save money.
Our Every Day Money programme is run in partnership with Edcoms who “create and deliver educational and CSR programmes for schools and colleges”.