Youngsters set to become whizz kids as Shildon college to become beacon for financial learning

Sunnydale Community College, Shildon, is to become a Centre of Excellence in financial learning

Sunnydale Community College, Shildon, is to become a Centre of Excellence in financial learning

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STUDENTS are set to become economic whizz kids after a North-East college was picked to become a Centre of Excellence in financial education.

Education chiefs at Sunnydale Community College, in Shildon, in County Durham, have joined forces with UK financial education charity Personal Finance Education Group (pfeg).

The ground breaking join up at the Middridge Lane-based college also involves high street banking giant Santander.

Staff at the college will work with pfeg’s educational specialists to create a programme of financial education for students.

The finished scheme will be integrated into the curriculum of the college which is already a specialist maths and computing school.

Pfeg has 14-years experience in delivering financial education and its staff will support the teachers in Shildon.

Headteacher Sue Byrne said: “It’s our job to prepare our students for life and this new work to embed financial education into our curriculum will play a big part in that.

“Managing your personal finances is one of those day-to-day skills we all need.

“We’re pleased to be taking part in this programme to become a pfeg Centre of Excellence, and we’re looking forward to seeing the positive difference it will make to our students.”

Sunnydale is one of 40 schools and colleges across the country which is set to benefit from pfeg’s expertise.

It is hoped that staff at Sunnydale will share their expertise with other schools in the area.

Tracey Bleakley, pfeg chief executive, said: “We are delighted that the college has joined our Centre of Excellence programme through our partnership with Santander.

“The work that staff will be doing with our educational specialists over the coming months will be of enormous benefit to students.

“Financial education is set to be firmly embedded into the curriculum.

“Our aim is to ensure that all students enter adult life with the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to manage money well.”

Stephen Irish, regional manager at Santander, said: “We believe it is important for everyone to have good basic money management skills particularly young people.

“We recognise that teaching young people requires specialist delivery and we’re pleased to be funding the Centres of Excellence programme.

“It offers a tailored programme designed by education experts.”

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12:36am Sat 7 Jun 14

Voice-of-reality says...

The idea that Sunnydale could be a beacon for anything other than mediocrity is laughable. Teachers 'share their expertise' - given the exam results they clearly don't manage to that now. Why throw good money and resources after bad? There are always going to be sink schools and sink kids - better to put the resources towards those who are more likely to succeed (such as those at St Bede's Lanchester or Durham Johnson).
The idea that Sunnydale could be a beacon for anything other than mediocrity is laughable. Teachers 'share their expertise' - given the exam results they clearly don't manage to that now. Why throw good money and resources after bad? There are always going to be sink schools and sink kids - better to put the resources towards those who are more likely to succeed (such as those at St Bede's Lanchester or Durham Johnson). Voice-of-reality
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9:48pm Mon 9 Jun 14

RosanneS says...

Voice-of-reality wrote:
The idea that Sunnydale could be a beacon for anything other than mediocrity is laughable. Teachers 'share their expertise' - given the exam results they clearly don't manage to that now. Why throw good money and resources after bad? There are always going to be sink schools and sink kids - better to put the resources towards those who are more likely to succeed (such as those at St Bede's Lanchester or Durham Johnson).
I went to Sunnydale a few years ago, I left with good grades and I have gone on to get equally good grades at College. Secondary school is a vital time which children should be encouraged to better themselves and should be afforded every opportunities to facilitate them to continue with whatever they may choose to do.
I sincerely hope you don't have children, as no doubt they will hear and regurgitate this class centred rubbish and appear equally as ignorant as you do - no matter your education, ignorance is not something which sits nicely with good GCSE results regardless of whether you attended Sunnydale or one of your so called 'elitist' schools', St Bede's Lanchester or Durham Johnson.
[quote][p][bold]Voice-of-reality[/bold] wrote: The idea that Sunnydale could be a beacon for anything other than mediocrity is laughable. Teachers 'share their expertise' - given the exam results they clearly don't manage to that now. Why throw good money and resources after bad? There are always going to be sink schools and sink kids - better to put the resources towards those who are more likely to succeed (such as those at St Bede's Lanchester or Durham Johnson).[/p][/quote]I went to Sunnydale a few years ago, I left with good grades and I have gone on to get equally good grades at College. Secondary school is a vital time which children should be encouraged to better themselves and should be afforded every opportunities to facilitate them to continue with whatever they may choose to do. I sincerely hope you don't have children, as no doubt they will hear and regurgitate this class centred rubbish and appear equally as ignorant as you do - no matter your education, ignorance is not something which sits nicely with good GCSE results regardless of whether you attended Sunnydale or one of your so called 'elitist' schools', St Bede's Lanchester or Durham Johnson. RosanneS
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