East Lancs pupils GIVE lessons in spending money

Blackburn Citizen: A money mentor from Sir John Thursby School gives a lesson to pupils at Heasandford Junior School A money mentor from Sir John Thursby School gives a lesson to pupils at Heasandford Junior School

TEENAGE girls have scripted lessons for primary school pupils teaching them about money.

The Year 10 Sir John Thursby students have written two ‘money management’ lessons for hundreds of primary pupils in the area.

Pupils Kira Stephenson, Megan North and Paige Ramsden are members of the Money Mentor team at Sir John Thursby.

The Burnley school is one of nine secondaries in Lancashire which are debt aware Money Mentor schools.

The programme of six lessons, which is sponsored by the Debt Advice Foundation charity based in Darwen, is written, resourced and taught by secondary school students in feeder primary schools.

There are over 2,500 primary children in Lancashire receiving these lessons.

Megan, Kira and Paige have written two lessons, the first on the topic of savings and different types of payments. The lesson will be taught in the 55 primary schools to pupils in Year 5 after half term.

The second lesson focuses on types of pay, such as gross and net pay and where the money goes in taxes. This is to be taught to ten and eleven year olds in Year 6 after the summer break.

Nicola Williams, the money management co-ordinator at Sir John Thursby, said she was very pleased with the girls lessons. She said: “They had to undertake research before writing the work-books and power-points as well as putting in place extension tasks for the class teachers to use. There are also two interesting short stories to run alongside the lesson for next half-term.”

An added benefit is that the girls have been able to use their work to put towards their Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Former headteacher Brian Souter, education manager at the foundation, said: “I am delighted with the lessons that Sir John Thursby’s pupils have produced.”

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