A West Lancashire high school is to become a centre of excellence in financial education.
Burscough Priory Science College received the accolade as part of a ground-breaking partnership between leading financial education charity pfeg (Personal Finance Education Group) and Spanish bank Santander.
The move will see the Trevor Road school working with pfeg’s educational specialists to create a detailed programme of financial education for students and integrate the teaching of personal finance into the school curriculum.
Teachers will be supported in the delivery of effective personal finance lessons and learning activities, drawing on the charity’s 14 years experience of supporting educators in the schools across the UK.
Headteacher Dr Graham Clarke said: “We passionately believe that all young people have the right to an education that prepares them for life.”
He added: “At Burscough Priory Science College, we strive to do this every day – and by embedding financial education into the school curriculum, we can ensure that our students leave us well equipped to make decisions around their personal finances.
“The whole team here is looking forward to the challenge.”
The school is one of 40 across the country which will be identified as centres of excellence as part of the initiative.
Locally, staff from Santander will work with the school as well .
Branch manager Gareth McBride said: “ At Santander we believe it is important for everyone to have good basic money management skills, but particularly young people who are encountering money earlier than ever.
“We recognise that teaching young people requires specialist delivery and the centres of excellence programme offers a tailored programme using materials that have been designed by education experts that complement the existing curriculum.”
Financial education officially forms part of the secondary school curriculum from this year and the staff at Burscough will be tasked with sharing their expertise with other schools in the area.