Putting financial education firmly on the curriculum

On Wednesday 31 January, 50 Sixth Form students at Mangotsfield School in Bristol took part in a Financial Education workshop run by Jelf and Mercer colleagues. The short, interactive workshop, called “Being Better with Money” aimed to teach the students, all in the 16-18 age group, about budgeting, managing debt and understanding tax and National Insurance. It was also used as an opportunity to highlight the apprentice and graduate opportunities available to them in our business.

The workshop was very well-received. Sarah Porter, Head of Psychology and Sixth Form at Mangotsfield School said “Jelf prepared and delivered a fantastic workshop on personal finance for our Sixth Form students. From the planning stage to the delivery they focused on ensuring the content and method of delivery met the needs of our students. The materials produced were fantastic; the students really engaged with the psychometric assessment and had really useful information to take away with them at the end. The delivery was pitched just right – keeping 50 Sixth Form students completely engaged in finance for an hour at the end of the day is a big success! One student even mentioned that it was the best presentation we ever had! I would really recommend this to other schools as the session was both useful and engaging, and Jelf and Mercer were great to work with.”

Lee Coles, Head of Financial Education at Jelf, noted that these workshops are extremely beneficial to young people. “There’s growing appreciation that more needs to be done in schools to train people to be better with money, but to date progress has been slow. The positive reaction to our collaboration with Mangotsfield School is certainly in line with the response we get from employees in receipt of our Financial Education services through the workplace – not just with our early career courses, but across our career-long programme.”