Academy centre of excellence

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Dunstable’s Weatherfield Academy has been recognised as a Centre of Excellence in financial education, after successfully embedding the subject into its curriculum.

Working with an education specialist, the school has successfully completed the steps required to achieve Centre of Excellence status and help young people understand more about money and personal finance.

Teachers are now trained to deliver effective personal finance lessons and learning activities designed to give pupils the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to manage their money.

The school on Brewers Hill Road, was chosen to work towards becoming a Centre of Excellence in financial education by pfeg (Personal Finance Education Group), part of Young Enterprise.

It is amongst 103 schools across the UK set to benefit from this programme.

As a Centre of Excellence, the school will also now be supported in sharing its new expertise with other local schools.

Joe Selmes, the school’s headteacher, said:“The whole team here at Weatherfield Academyhas worked extremely hard, with pfeg’s help, to embed financial education in our curriculum – and I am pleased that their efforts have been rewarded with a Centres of Excellence award.

“We are already seeing the results of the high quality financial education we are now providing, which is bringing significant benefits to our students as they take their next steps in life.”

Michael Mercieca, chief executive of Young Enterprise, said:

“Weatherfield Academyhas worked extremely hard to achieve their Centre of Excellence award, and we are pleased that its students have already started to see the benefit. We have been delighted to work with Santander to support the school in this achievement.

“Our aim is to ensure that all students enter adult life with the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to manage money well – and Weatherfield Academy is doing excellent work to make this goal a reality.”