Chorley money mentors get an early start

Chorley Citizen: BBC presenter Steph McGovern and team with and Southlands pupils BBC presenter Steph McGovern and team with and Southlands pupils

Lessons got underway early for a group of pupils at Chorley’s Southlands High School.

An 18-strong group were in school ready to go at 5.45am as the BBC Breakfast programme highlighted finance and money management lessons in schools.

The broadcast from Southlands took place thanks to the school’s Money Mentor programme, which has been developed there during the past three years.

Students were asked their views on money management in schools and also asked to explain their successful project.

They have written three lessons for schools based on their Money Diaries which have also been written and illustrated by the students.

In teams of six the 18 mentors teach students from other schools to deliver the lessons on their return.

There are 10 other secondary schools working on the project, who then teach their linked primaries.

The Darwen-based Debt Advice Foundation has supported and sponsored the programme.

Southlands maths teacher Neil Birmingham said: “The lessons produced to date study budgeting, savings and methods of payments.

“The BBC producer mentioned how eloquent the students were and how passionate they were on the subject.”

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