Finance Fortnight captured the imaginations of Key Stage 3 students, at Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy, who demonstrated their competitive spirit and money-making skills, showing true entrepreneurship over the fortnight in order to boost their tutor group’s chances of winning a coveted Cucina Breakfast!

Aims

The aim of the fortnight was to help students understand how money ‘works’.  Led by Ms Donnelly, a Tutor-Group competition was devised.

In the lead up to the fortnight, students learnt how they could earn ‘credits’ (money) for their tutor group by completing community jobs across the Academy linked to our core values. They also learnt how to make money by investing in houses, cars and shares. Students were, however, also made aware of potential financial difficulties in life and could be ‘fined’ for lack of engagement or negativity and the fine was deducted from the group total!

Community Jobs

Community jobs included cleaning in the Restaurant, helping G4S and the site team, carrying out admin tasks, designing and creating classroom displays and supporting with the SCWA High School Musical production.

Winners

A huge ‘well done’ to 7DME (Ashdown), 9JTT (Delamere) and 8TMA (Sherwood) who ended with the most money in each of their schools.  

Congratulations to individual winners in each tutor group who showed tremendous commitment and enthusiasm for the project.  Each winner received a £10 gift voucher.

Student comments:

‘It was great to experience having a job and learning how money could affect you in the future’

‘I really enjoyed being rewarded with credits.’

‘I discovered what it was like to be an adult and learnt some of the decisions that people have to make when older’

Staff comments:

When asked what they enjoyed most about the fortnight staff said:

‘School ambience and drive to work hard’

‘Working as a team with my tutor group, seeing students take responsibility and working together. The competition was also a lot of fun!’

‘Encouraging students to contribute to a well-being economy really encouraged a lot of debate. E.g. Student X did 2 jobs but Student Y did none, but both could benefit from the breakfast.  Is this fair?  This generated a really good debate!’

‘Fantastic to educate students on fraud and credit card debt, they were shocked!’

Future Plans

We will be looking at all of the feedback from students and staff and are already planning to make ‘Finance Fortnight 2018’ even bigger and better!  But beware all students – as they tucked into their Champions breakfast, Sherwood winners 8TMA were overheard discussing tactics on how they are planning to win next year’s competition!  

 

A big thank you to all of the staff who provided community jobs, awarded credits (and fines!), teachers who linked their lessons to the finance theme, Cucina for an amazing breakfast, tutors who had to prepare for the sessions and those who encouraged their groups.

A big thank you to The Stationers’ Company for funding this superb initiative. Financial support from them allowed us to produce resources, print the ‘credits’ and booklets as well as purchase prizes.