Youngsters star in film to teach other pupils about managing money

Children have adopted a jackanory style to teach youngsters about how to manage money.

Year six pupils from Anderton Primary School and Rivington Foundation Primary School have taken part in filming a video reading six short stories about spending money carefully — and what can happen when you don’t.

The film, produced by media students at Edge Hill University will be used in the lessons being run in primary schools. The stories we originally written by high school pupils for use in the DebtAware money management lessons, which is our free programme provided to schools.

Anne Harrison, year six teacher at Anderton Primary, said: “The children did extremely well, having to tell a six minute story to camera with people watching is not easy.

“It was a very valuable experience for the children and they can’t wait to see the finished film and they are very excited to think that more than 4000 children will be watching the film in the course of lessons from September.”

As part of the scheme, pupils are trained as money mentors to support teachers in the giving the lessons to their classmates.

Year six pupil Lily Heywood of Rivington Primary read “The dog who taught me a lesson in life” about a dog which was involved in an accident and his treatment cost £2,000, with the story exploring the idea of budgets and surplus or deficit.

Lily said: “I have found that being a Money Mentor is brilliant because I can pass on information that I learnt in my training session.

“This method of teaching about money management does seem to work as children in the class listen really well as they think it is cool to be taught by their friends.”

Classmate Katie Jones, said: “Children will learn a lot about handling money sensibly by listening to the stories and they will appeal to them as children their own ages are telling them the stories.”

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