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HI/VI Students Learn Money Mechanics

HI students at Money Mechanics Workshop

Hearing impaired (HI) and visually impaired (VI) students at St Paul’s Catholic School discovered some top tips for managing their finances at a special ‘Money Mechanics’ workshop delivered by the Royal Association for Deaf People (RAD).

The session, funded by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery – Dreamfund, delivered financial education workshops in British Sign Language for our HI students and used specially adapted resources for our VI students.

The workshops explored what money means to young people, looking at where money comes from and what to do with it.  Students discussed financial topics such as working life including pay slips, minimum wage, tax and national insurance, as well as budgeting, savings, bank accounts and independent living.

Bryan Whalley, Head of the HI Department and Teacher of the Deaf at St Paul’s Catholic School, said:  “The sessions were very interactive and it was good to see our students and those from our two guest schools, Lord Grey and Harlington, participating so enthusiastically.”

Lucie Gray, Head of the VI Department at St Paul’s Catholic School, said:  “RAD prepared all of the resources for the VI group and they were excellent. The materials for the interactive activities allowed our students, who use either large print Braille or tactile resources, to mix and partner each other.  To assist the students in understanding how different savings grow over time counters and discs were used which clearly illustrated amounts.”

The aim of the workshops was to help pupils develop their financial competencies, build their confidence and develop skills leading to independence.  They also helped teach pupils ways of understanding and managing their personal budgets in preparation for leaving school and starting higher education or careers.


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