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Financial Education

Financial education for children, students and adult learners

The complexity of personal finance and the comparative ease of getting into unmanageable debt makes financial understanding a vital life skill. And it's never too late to learn.

Through our bespoke Money Metrics, Money Metrics Primary and Money Management sessions we aim to improve awareness of important money matters: budgeting, borrowing, saving, and attitudes to spending - for both adults and children alike. We have delivered our financial education programme to chidren in school years 2 and 10, as well as to college students and even in prisons too.

Money Metrics Primary - for Year 2 students

Our programme designed for Year 2 children introduces financial education through numeracy, literacy and creativity. In 2016 we refreshed our offering and developed Money Metrics Primary, our bespoke session for primary-age children delivered by our trained staff. Our staff visit primary schools across Suffolk, providing a full day.

During the day, children will take part in games and create their own stories, paintings and a money box to take home. Learning objectives include understanding concept of money in everyday use, recognising coin denominations and matching values, learning about the value of money and increasing awareness on how we use money to pay for things we want to buy.

Money Metrics - for Year 10 students

Since 2007 we've spent over 3,000 hours in the classroom delivering primary school financial education. In 2015 we extended our programme to include our bespoke Money Metrics session, aimed at Year 10 students and delivered by our trained staff. We aim to provide students with the knowledge and confidence to make informed decisions about their finances, arming them with the skills they need to become financially savvy young adults.

As Suffolk's only homegrown financial services provider we're uniquely placed to use our expertise to enhance learning opportunities for young people in our county. Money Metrics is designed to meet the new National Curriculum requirements for personal finance and citizenship, developed by an educational consultant and young people focus groups.

Money Management - for students aged 16+ and adults

Our Money Management programme has been developed primarily for students and young people, as well as adults with limited financial skills. We also deliver Money Management to inmates in local prisons, helping them to prepare for life after release by giving them the tools to make sense of tax, money and spending and budgeting.

If you are teacher/tutor interested in arranging a session for your school or college, please contact your local branch and speak to one of our financial education champions.

Financial education - Scam and Fraud awareness

A crucial part of financial education is being aware of financial crimes such as fraud. Here at Ipswich Building Society, we are committed to doing all we can to protect our members from falling victim to scams. Check out our guide here on some key tips, and how to know that you are communicating with a legitimate contact from the Society.

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