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MONEY MINDS: Yorkshire Building Society colleagues teach financial education to Year 7 pupils from Whitcliffe Mount School.
MONEY MINDS: Yorkshire Building Society colleagues teach financial education to Year 7 pupils from Whitcliffe Mount School.

Yorkshire Building Society colleagues recently delivered an innovative financial education programme at a local secondary school in Cleckheaton.

Year 7 pupils from Whitcliffe Mount School were taught a Money Minds session on budgeting for a family holiday by colleagues from the society’s head office sites in Bradford and Leeds.

Money Minds is a free programme consisting of a series of activities designed to promote discussion and learning among children and young people aged five to 19 of all abilities.

Claire Dunnett-Walker, organisational development consultant at the society, helped deliver the session at the school.

She said: “Learning how to effectively manage finances is a vital life skill. It was great to see how engaged the pupils from Whitcliffe Mount School were during our Money Minds lesson. The session enabled them to test and expand their vocabulary and understanding of money through fun activities.

“At Yorkshire Building Society we are committed to supporting schools such as Whitcliffe Mount School in teaching financial education and hope that our Money Minds programme will help to improve financial capability in the UK.”

Money Minds comprises a series of activities and projects designed to promote discussion and share learning among children and young people of all ages and abilities.

Richard Hirst, assistant head teacher at the school, said: “Yorkshire Building Society were involved in our Year 7 World of Work Day at Whitcliffe Mount. Students engaged with the activities and learnt the importance of budgeting in a fun and interactive way.”

More information about Money Minds can be found at www.ybs.co.uk/moneyminds.