In this blog Holly talks about RedSTART’s first #TrainTheTeacher session.
If you read our last blog, you’ll be aware that last week was the tenth annual #MyMoneyWeek: a week aimed at promoting the importance of financial skills, knowledge and confidence in young people, equipping them to thrive in our modern society – and on Thursday we did just that!
Last Thursday, Julian Wright, Tom Pilcher and I attended a PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic education) training day hosted by the Enfield Council. During this #TrainTheTeacher session we ran one of our Money Matters workshops with PSHE leads from several local primary schools. This format allowed the teachers to experience the Money Matters session in the same way that pupils would.
It was great to see that our session sparked enthusiasm and competitiveness between the teachers and it was reassuring to hear feedback that our sessions were informative, practical, and above all, fun!
The PSHE leads enjoyed our session so much that they have encouraged their respective schools to attend a ‘live’ workshop at Worcesters Primary School, Enfield (our case study school). This will allow other teachers to experience our Money Matters session in action. We hope that by seeing the benefits first hand, they will be persuaded to run Money Matters sessions with their own pupils.
Whilst our Money Matters sessions are clearly well-received, we are aware that the whole 3-hour session can be difficult to squeeze into the already hectic curriculum. As a result, we have been working hard to design and develop ‘bitesized’ versions of our Money Matters sessions, which will provide teachers with an off-the-shelf set of lesson plans which will fit seamlessly within the existing curriculum and allow teachers to deliver our workshops themselves.
We’re really excited to announce that we will be rolling out our bitesized lesson plans that map to the PSHE and maths curriculum at the start of the 18/19 academic year. Until then, please sign up to our portal and feel free to drop us an email if you have any questions.
Holly is a member of our Marketing Team.