Young people, funders and supporters gathered at the House of Lords this month for the MyBnk Summer Showcase – celebrating the power of our financial education and enterprise programmes!
On the banks of the River Thames, we heard stories from the frontline of poverty prevention and enterprise. There was also a loud call to build on the success of getting money skills onto the national curriculum by raising quality and standards.
We welcomed our new MyBnk Patron, broadcaster and campaigner June Sarpong, who shared her experiences of struggling with money growing up in East London. Doug Wills, Managing Editor of the Evening Standard Ltd. explained how MyBnk was championing the same spirit as his newspaper’s literacy and social enterprise campaigns, and our sponsors MVision laid out the sustainability argument on the need for what we do. Syed Kamall MEP also brought the political take on the MyBnk mission – even shooting an impromptu video with June and our Founder & Co-CEO Lily Lapenna!
Young people from Ealing Leaving Care, Havering College, Mount Carmel Catholic College for Girls, and Collage Arts told us how they gained new skills and confidence from our workshops.
“MyBnk taught us how to communicate and conflict resolution. Young people need this experience”.
Henrique, Havering College – Made £150 in profits from selling customised cakes and brownies in Romford Market – Mind Your own Business, supported by Blackstone.
“I thought I could budget, I left care and my savings disappeared. MyBnk taught me how to look after my money – they got us where we needed to go”.
Adriana, Ealing Leaving Care – Learnt how to budget and live independently – Money Works, supported by Peoples Post Code Lottery.
Backers of our vital work shared their insights on the need for young people to learn money and business skills in an age of the global race.
“Education is key, what MyBnk does is amazing, giving the most financially vulnerable in our society the skills to live independently and achieve their dreams.” June Sarpong, MyBnk Patron.
“For a young person, learning how to manage money is as important as learning how to cross the road.” Charles Beazley, MVision.
“You’re providing a life raft for young people.” Doug Wills, Evening Standard Ltd.
A huge thanks to everyone who helped make this a special day as we continue our journey to give young people the skills, knowledge and confidence to manage their money and lead enterprising lives!
MyBnk are delighted to announce our Founder & Co-CEO’s appointment to the Money Advice Service’s Financial Capability Board.
The level of financial capability in the UK is low. Half of people aged 25-64 say they find it a struggle to keep up with bills and 2/3 of working age people don’t have enough savings to cover one month’s income.
Lily will be working alongside representatives from financial services and other education providers to help shape the Children and Young People strand of the Financial Capability Strategy for the UK. As well as ensuring the voices of young people and young adults are heard, she will continue to make the case for effective financial education, the need to measure its impact and increase its reach.
The benefits of money advice leading up to 2060 were laid out in the Thoresen Report and would reap over £15 billion worth of benefit for consumers and £4 billion for the financial services industry.
If we’re going to improve financial capability, we need to work together. That’s why the strategy is based on collective impact, where we have a common vision for what we’re trying to achieve, and we collaborate collectively to achieve it.
We look forward to working with the entire sector to help young people gain the skills, knowledge and confidence to manage their money and lead independent lives.
One of our school banks has been Highly Commended by the Community Education Awards.
A dozen Year 8s at Mount Carmel Catholic College for Girls have been running their own in-school and online saving and lending project for fellow pupils thanks to the charity MyBnk. Hundreds of students have opened accounts and deposit on average more half their weekly pocket money.
The MyBnk-in-a-Box project, which opens every lunchtime and now in its 6th year, is backed up with hands on workshops on banking, borrowing and taxation and enterprise challenges.
Financial education only recently became part of the National Curriculum. The Money Advice Service recently found that MyBnk is delivering the UK’s highest rated money skills for young people.
Community Education Awards Ambassador, Esther Rantzen DBE said:
“I have been astounded by the effort, commitment and the quality of this project as well as the dedication and brilliance of the individuals”.
MyBnk Founder & CEO, Lily Lapenna said:
“We are so proud of these girls! They have volunteered their own time to help fellow pupils learn how to save and borrow responsibly. Across the UK, young people and the Bank of Mum and Dad are crying out for money skills to be taught properly in schools – we want to bring more quality and fun programmes to classrooms and help teachers keep children out of debt”.
Nicole Haynes, Principal, Mount Carmel Catholic College for Girls:
“MyBnk-in-a-Box is an inspirational initiative. Our students have developed the knowledge and skills related to a plethora of financial issues: i.e. global financial instability, the credit crunch, banking, risk and debt. Our girls are already well ahead of the curve in understanding how money works and how it effects them”.
Young saver Amy 13:
“Saving is really important. At the moment I just spend and spend and I never have money for the things I need. I will open my account with £1.50 and I’ll be putting in £2 every week!”
A MyBnk participant bagged a cool £100 to kick start his savings after winning a financial education competition.
Wimbledon College pupil Richard Appiah, 12, beat 1,000 entrants in the Demotivator poster contest as part of the Global Money Week awareness campaign with the Institute of Charted Accountants of England and Wales.
During a Money Twist programme, our expert Education Officers taught Richard and his class how to budget, bank and borrow and understand the difference between wants and needs in interactive workshops that build good habits, like saving. Richard discovered he was spending big money on Haribos and made a savings pledge to cut back, designing a poster that scooped top prize!
During Global Money Week, through competitions, special events and free resources, MyBnk armed 8,000 11-25 year olds with key life skills in money master classes, youth-led saving banks and marketplace enterprise loan challenges across the UK and beyond.
“I have a bank account and it’s going straight in! MyBnk have helped me learn how to save so I can spend my money on useful things and not waste it.”Richard Appiah.
“While financial education is now being taught in secondary schools, it’s only the tip of the iceberg for building a nation of savvy savers. Making effective financial decisions has never been more important. Financial education needs to branch out of the curriculum and become embedded in everyday life. And it starts from talking about money with children at a young age. We are thrilled to support initiatives with MyBnk to help reach more young people and empower them to make informed decisions.”ICAEW Director for Global Student Recruitment, Sharon Spice.
MyBnk is delivering the UK’s highest rated financial education programme for young people, according to the Money Advice Service’s Evidence Hub.
The joint University of Bristol project scrutinised dozens of schemes and examined ‘what works’ in financial literacy in an effort to raise standards and outcomes.
MyBnk’s Money Twist programme for 11-18 year olds was rated as ‘Effective’ and resulted in increased money skills, abilities and mindsets, according to the study. It covers everything from debt and banking to pensions and careers and was rated higher than any UK bank or state initiative.
MAS also discovered that direct, expert-led and independent delivery of money lessons achieves better results than teacher training or volunteers. We are delighted that the Hub has raised the bar for everyone arming young people with the skills they need to stay out of debt and make informed choices.
Why is it important?
This is the first time that UK financial capability programmes have been independently assessed and rated together. It helps teachers, policy makers and funders make informed decision and refocuses the sectors efforts onto quality, impact and methodology.
In September 2014, financial education was made compulsory for some young people in a limited number of schools in England via Maths and Citizenship. The Department for Education has subsequently announced that only government finance will be GCSE tested – meaning young people will not be tested on things like budgeting, risk, and interest rates.
MyBnk has long expressed concerns regarding timetabling pressures, the absence of extra funding and limited specialist teacher training, all of which may result in schools struggling to become experts and to deliver quality and impactful lessons.
Last week, the Farnish Report recommended that MAS support financial education in schools. MyBnk can deliver what is required on the National Curriculum at a cost of £25-30 per pupil.
Ironically, since money lessons were made compulsory, our sector has had to turn away many schools as demand for our programmes soared. Trusts, foundations and CSR Units are reluctant to fund something that is even marginally statutory meaning young people and teachers miss out on expert-led projects like ours.
The time has come to properly fund effective financial education for young people in schools.
Click below to see who out of 1,000 entrants won and a mini-round up of how we armed 8,000 young people with money skills like budgeting, banking and business.
A big thank you to Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales who have kindly donated some of our prizes – A Samsung Galaxy S5 Smartphone, £100 in starter savings cash and a pair of Ministry of Sound headphones.
We also have headphones for three special participants. Posters have been reviewed by our guest judges, Money Saving Expert himself, Martin Lewis, Rebecca Bolton, Financial Capability Manager at ICAEW and founder & Co-CEO of MyBnk Lily Lapenna. More on that soon.
Once again, huge thanks to all who helped us raise awareness of financial literacy, check here for the daily dispatches from the frontline. Be sure to register your interest for next year’s Global Money Week and get in touch to find out more about our award winning programmes.
Schools and parents can nominate who they think is deserving of the prize, and teachers can nominate themselves. Once a nomination has been verified, teachers have until Friday 10 April to upload their entries.
They accept written lesson plans and learning outcomes as evidence of how the subject has been brought to life. You are encouraged to think BIG with either a classroom video or an audio recording explaining why you deserve to win. The more original your entry, the better.
Christine Farnish has published a report into the functions and funding of the Money Advice Service. Some recommendations directly relate to the work MyBnk does in delivering financial education workshops to young people in schools:
That MAS should invest in promoting financial education in schools, coordinating and quality-assuring existing schemes, as well as bringing resources together for teachers and awarding prize funds to leading and innovative schemes.
That MAS should issue grants and service commissioning to encourage other providers to ‘develop products that fill gaps or provide innovative ways of educating and informing consumers’.
MAS should play greater role in coordinating sector.
That UK Financial capability remains low & praise for debt advice – of which MyBnk is sub-contracted to provide the face-to-face element.
Our initial thoughts:
“Whilst MyBnk is concerned at the central recommendation to cut funding for financial capability rather than reallocate it, there are some encouraging findings.
The call for MAS to support financial education in schools adds to a strong premise backing central funding of expert-led provision and offers a timely reassessment of the state of play for financial capability in the UK.
Farnish’s recommendation, to encourage co-ordination in the sector, could be easily realised by establishing a kite-mark system and database of providers so schools can choose trusted and effective providers. Unfortunately, existing quality marks do not take account of initiatives that are delivered directly to young people. MAS is perfectly placed to provide this framework and improve access to the many quality education materials, financial apps, planners and calculators available at no or low cost. However, we question whether seeking to avoid duplication and share resources amongst competing commercial, state and charitable providers is either feasible or desirable.
The gap is not resources or innovation, it is effective delivery. MAS should not just focus on innovation, gaps and prizes – it could commission and evaluate existing provision including from outside experts, with the objective of reporting back as to what is effective.
The consumer, a young person, widely differs from the adult seeking advice facing immediate financial issues. Young people need to be actively engaged. A point MyBnk has repeatedly made is that teachers are not financial experts and financial experts are not teachers. Whilst teachers can engage, the absence of extra training, evaluation and time restrictions mean ‘teaching to pack’ using off the shelf resources, is highly unlikely to be effective.
Long term solution
Longer term we believe the Farnish report, MAS and the Government misspecify what is needed for ubiquitous, unbiased, relevant and effective financial education. The commercial sector cannot be expected to fund it, the charitable sector cannot afford to. Provision is and should be the responsibility of the school’s themselves – MAS can help move us forward, making sure this happens. MAS should not only consider what is most effective but what can practically be introduced given the pressure on schools. In our view, and that of OECD Pisa study, this is more likely to be relatively short stand-alone provision to fit with the existing structure of drop-down days.
One solution is independent expert-led provision of financial education in schools as recommended by the Centre for Social Justice – this has been proven highly effective by Oxford ISIS Consultants. MyBnk can cover everything required on the national curriculum at a cost of £ 20-25 per young person.
The time has come to properly fund its delivery”.
For more information, contact email@example.com or call 0207 377 8770.
Ever wanted to help young people learn how to manage their money and start their own enterprise?
Would you like to set-up your own social enterprise? Or add a new range of educational programmes to what you do?
For one week only, MyBnk is sharing the knowledge and sharing the power of our financial and enterprise education programmes with an intensive week of training for small charities operating outside England to make you: ‘Powered by MyBnk’.
Training takes place this Autumn at our London headquarters. We have discounted packages available or you can apply for a bursary. You will also receive an official invitation letter to aid your visit to the UK.
From core subject knowledge and methodology to monitoring and evaluation and delivery, we will show you how to enable young people to live enterprising lives and face their financial future with confidence. We also offer a package of support post-training, including programme assets and updates.
The final day of Global Money Week has seen us taking money outside the classroom and helping older young people.
We made our way to Mears Group where we met a group of boys who were struggling with independent living and not managing to save a lot of their money. Money Works is our intervention style debt programme. This group learnt how to make their own personal budget plans for their futures, found out where most of their money was going and learnt what kind of bank accounts would be best for them to ensure they were able to save each month.
MyBnk takes a different approach to personal finance in Money Works, detoxifying participants relationship with money so they can comfortably think about their futures. One way to illustrate this is showing how easy the concept of saving actually is, when you know what you are doing, like prioritising your outgoings in a jam jar account in order to see how much money you have left over for leisure. It was an effective way of demonstrating how to not run out of money.
“When I have money, it disappears I save a bit but I spend a lot.learn about this for your future when you have to think about things like rent, I know first hand that it’s difficult sometimes to pay rent on time. MyBnk has taught me a lot, I feel like I know how to manage my money better now and I have started to cut down on my spending in order to save more.”Joel, 22, Mears Group
Alongside Mears Group we have been in action across the UK, from Carshalton Boys Sports College in London to Ingleby Manor Free School in the North East, giving teens the chance to start their own business in Enterprise-in-a-Box. We provide ethical products and train them to sell and make their own money! The students had to consider picking a responsible person to keep their money safe and also debated their costing and selling price.
Conisborough College students are one step further along in their first enterprise journey, preparing their market stall in just a few weeks time via our Back My Business programme! From drawing board to product development, we take students on a journey as they plan out their money making idea with real loans and making real profit.
A big thanks to schools, youth organisations and Children & Youth Finance for an amazing Global Money Week here in the UK. There are more round-ups and the result of the Demotivator Competition to come.
This week we have helped nearly two thousand young people in over 40 sessions, special events and 1-2-1 Money Advice Service sessions – but we are barely scratching the surface. The focus now is on delivering quality, high impact and relevant financial education and enterprise lessons to all young people. Exciting developments coming this way!