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Rugby pupils get wise to money matters

Pupils at Rugby’s Lawrence Sheriff School showed great interest in learning about money during a day of financial education sponsored by Hinckley & Rugby Building Society.

Financial education experts from the not-for-profit WizeUp visited Lawrence Sheriff, working with all of the school’s 120 Year 9 pupils as part of a careers day.

Lawrence Sheriff’s Year 9 students with Ed Flack (centre), HRBS’s Tracey Phipps and teacher Dan Clarke

Amanda Warde, the school’s Careers Education, Information, Advice & Guidance Coordinator, said:

“The students found Ed’s session and the activities within it engaging and interactive. It gave them lots of useful relatable information that they found easy to understand and interesting, making the world of personal finance less daunting.”

WizeUp’s Ed Flack said: “We had a great day with the students, delivering three sessions on the history of money, budgeting, saving and investing. “These were certainly lively affairs with students beginning to think about the bigger picture and how these life skills might fit into their lives after school. They all had an opportunity to run their own virtual business which was really good – and very profitable.

“This was followed up by lots of questions ranging from short selling of stocks to how income tax affects savings – great questions from a great bunch. As always, our thanks go to Hinckley & Rugby who made the day possible.”

Hinckley & Rugby’s branch & agency support officer Tracey Phipps said:

“Whenever WizeUp visits a local school we are very impressed with how engaged the students are and how much they take away from the sessions. It’s great to know they are better prepared for managing their money.”

Hinckley & Rugby Building Society regularly sponsors WizeUp’s visits to schools and colleges in its heartlands.

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