Kids learn to balance the books

Whaley Bridge Primary's year six get a lesson on personal finance as part of Financial Planning Week. Financial planner Nick Heys with Steven Farragher, Sam Johnson, Abbye Rumbelow, Mikey Gilmour and Derri Language
Whaley Bridge Primary's year six get a lesson on personal finance as part of Financial Planning Week. Financial planner Nick Heys with Steven Farragher, Sam Johnson, Abbye Rumbelow, Mikey Gilmour and Derri Language
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PUPILS at Whaley Bridge Primary School, more used to studying English or history, have been getting lessons of a different kind recently.

Year six children enjoyed a visit from financial planner Nick Heys, from New Mills-based Freedom Financial Planning, who spoke to them about the importance of budgets, pensions and savings.

Andy Nevett, Freedom Financial Planning Managing Director, said: “I first thought of offering basic lessons in finance at our local school when a friend’s daughter started work as an apprentice teaching assistant. Aged 16 and earning £95 per week, she asked my advice on whether or not she should pay the £20 a month into the Local government pension scheme.

“I immediately explained that it was always better to get used to saving early on in life, rather than leaving it too late. There are always things to spend money on whatever stage of your life you are at.”