Financial Education Initiative Featured On BBC Radio

This morning pupils from Southlands High School joined the breakfast crew on BBC Radio Lancashire, to discuss a financial education initiative which is being backed by Debt Advice Foundation.

A team of students from the Chorley-based school and their deputy head will be travelling to London tomorrow, along with our Chairman, Dennis Benson, to discuss the nation’s debt crisis with the Governor of the Bank of England - Mervyn King.

During their time in the capital, the pupils are also set to visit the BBC’s business editor, Robert Peston and the Daily Mail’s city journalists, as part of their research for the next issue of the ‘Money Diaries’ books, which are written by Southlands’ students and published by our charity.

Deputy head, Mr Brian Souter and two Year 10 students, Alex Mellor and Emma Taylor spoke about the initiative in more detail when they visited the BBC studios earlier.

Talking about the school’s partnership with Debt Advice Foundation and the visit to London, Mr Souter said: “It’s linked to a project we’ve been involved in for the last two years, which is about money management. We’ve already produced three books for children in schools about debt and the problems with it – this next booklet we’re doing will help the children understand why the country’s in so much debt.”

BBC Lancashire’s breakfast-show presenter, Graham Liver showed his support for the initiative, commenting: “This is such a good idea – if there’s one thing that you’re not taught in school, it’s how to manage money.”

To listen to the full interview, visit the BBC website.

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