Financing Our Futures


Financing Our Futures is an event for young people that is designed to introduce various aspects of financial capability...

budgeting, bank account, housing costs, utility bills, income, interest, benefits, setting priorities and goals, assessing risk, etc.


An introduction and welcome to everyone will be conducted in the school hall.  The importance, relevance and risks of household finances will be emphasised before students depart to classrooms to conduct their group­work.

Students are then allocated to teams of 5 or 6 and given the task of planning the next year's finances for a randomly selected person or family.  After a short quiz in which they learn about financial definitions, each team must spend the remainder of the morning analysing past finances, making decisions, budgeting the next 12 months, and preparing a presentation that will summarise their plans.

Towards the end of the day everyone will return to the school hall to hear the final presentations so that all students can benefit from shared-learning, a winning team can be chosen, and the most pertinent aspects of personal finances can be emphasised.

In order to save time, only each form-group's winning team will present to the judges.

Volunteer Role

Throughout the first half of the school day, acting as facilitator, it is hoped that you will provide assistance where needed to one form-group of 5 small teams as they work on their presentations;  then to act as judge, along with your allocated form-teacher, for your form-group's presentations.

At the end of the school day, when everybody returns to the main hall, you will join with the other judges for the final presentations.

You are not required to bring any equipment with you (except perhaps a pen), it is your knowledge and experience of adult life that will be invaluable to the students.


Central Activity Area: This would ideally be the main school hall with seating arranged there-style and a working projector and screen for everyone to see.  It would be used at the very beginning of the day, and then immediately after lunch.

Workshop Areas: These would ideally be classrooms close to the central activity area where pupils can be guided through various tasks beofre moving on to the next workshop.

Computer Area: This would ideally be in the form of separate IT rooms so that each pupil can work on a computer as they are assisted in the creation of their Curriculum Vitae by teachers and facilitators.

Judging Area: This can simply be the nearest unused classroom to the central activity area.

Lunch & refreshments... for the facilitators and teaching staff to encourage discussion on arrival and during breaks.