Northampton School for Girls has been recognised as a Centre of Excellence in financial education, after successfully embedding the subject into its curriculum.
Working with education specialists from pfeg, the school has completed the learning steps required to achieve Centre of Excellence status and help young people understand more about money and personal finance. Teachers are now trained to deliver effective personal finance lessons and learning activities designed to give pupils the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to manage their money.
The school, in Northampton, was chosen to work towards becoming a Centre of Excellence in financial education by pfeg (Personal Finance Education Group, part of Young Enterprise). It is amongst 83 schools across the UK set to benefit from this programme, 40 of which are funded by Santander.
As a pfeg Centre of Excellence, the school will also now be supported in sharing its new expertise with other local schools.
Julia Harley, the school’s headteacher, said: “The whole team here at Northampton School for Girls has worked extremely hard, with pfeg’s help, to embed financial education in our curriculum – and I am pleased that their efforts have been rewarded with a Centres of Excellence award.
“We are already seeing the results of the high-quality financial education we are now providing, which is bringing significant benefits to our students as they take their next steps in life,” she added.
Michael Mercieca, chief executive of Young Enterprise, said: “Northampton School for Girls has worked extremely hard to achieve their Centre of Excellence award, and we are pleased that its students have already started to see the benefit. We have been delighted to work with Santander to support the school in this achievement.
“Our aim is to ensure that all students enter adult life with the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to manage money well – and Northampton School for Girls is doing excellent work to make this goal a reality.”
Patricia Sirmen, technical business manager at Santander, said: “At Santander we believe it is important for everyone to have good basic money management skills, but particularly young people who are encountering money earlier than ever.
“Northampton School for Girls have shown a great passion in ensuring their students have an in-depth knowledge of these essential skills and the award is well deserved.”