Just before the Christmas break, we welcomed some colleagues from Lloyds Banking group into our school. A particular concern of theirs is the number of young people who are falling into debt. They currently have over 27,000 customers aged 16-21 in financial difficulties. Many of these customers are struggling because of unfortunate life events such as loss of employment or sickness. But sadly there are many who simply do not have the skills to manage their finances as well as they could, and they want to see this number reduce.
As part of the bank’s Helping Britain Prosper commitment, they are offering free financial education to school children across the country. We were delighted that Holy Trinity was one of the first schools they approached to be part of this project and we chose Year 10 and our family learning group to be involved.
The sessions were very interactive and required a lot of participation from our students; they were a credit to our school. They asked lots of thoughtful questions, completed saving plans in their groups, learned about the difference between debit and credit cards and one Year 10 student even left the session saying that he thought it was time he opened a bank account!
Thank you to Lloyds for visiting our school and for all of the planning that went into the session, well done to our students and parents and thank you to all of the staff who supported.