Chorley money managers in visit to Commons

This Is Lancashire: PIONEERING Pupils: Chantel Calvert, Patrick Farnworth and Emily Cook with Lindsey Hoyle, Deputy Speaker of the Commons PIONEERING Pupils: Chantel Calvert, Patrick Farnworth and Emily Cook with Lindsey Hoyle, Deputy Speaker of the Commons

Three high school pupils visited the House of Commons to explain a money management programme pioneered in Chorley.

The 14-year-old Southlands students, Emily Cook, Chantel Calvert and Patrick Farnworth, attended two meetings in Parliament.

The first was with Mark Garnier MP, who is vice-chairman of the all-party parliamentary group on financial education.

They outlined the programme to Mr Garnier, who heard how secondary school students had written six lessons for primary schools.

As financial education becomes compulsory to be taught in secondary schools from September, Mr Garnier was keen to hear why the topics regarding money management should be delivered to primaries.

The group also had an hour long meeting with Chorley MP and deputy speaker Lindsay Hoyle, who has been a supporter of the scheme since its outset some four years ago.

After the meetings in the morning, the students were given tickets for Prime Minister’s Question Time and were able to witness the questions put to David Cameron regarding the floods crisis.

The group was then handed tickets to visit 10 Downing Street where they coincidentally encountered Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, who had a few words with the group.

The financial education project, in which secondary school students prepare and delivery money management lessons to primary school pupils, was developed by Darwen-based national debt charity Debt Advice Foundation in partnership with Southlands.

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