Ulster Bank’s financial capability awards for schools

Newtownabbey Schools are being urged to help young people make sense of money. Pictured left to right, are Year 8 pupils Scott Reagan and Bailey Cunningham of Newtownabbey Community High School along with teacher Wendy Singleton (centre) showing that they have a good grip of their money, as they launch the Ulster Bank Financial Capability Awards in association with the Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessments (CCEA). Helping them get the scheme underway for 2012 are Jill Smyth, (back left) Head of MoneySense, Ulster Bank and Richard Hanna, Director of Education Strategy at CCEA. To enter the awards visit: www.fc-awardsni.co.uk. INNT 07-226con
Newtownabbey Schools are being urged to help young people make sense of money. Pictured left to right, are Year 8 pupils Scott Reagan and Bailey Cunningham of Newtownabbey Community High School along with teacher Wendy Singleton (centre) showing that they have a good grip of their money, as they launch the Ulster Bank Financial Capability Awards in association with the Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessments (CCEA). Helping them get the scheme underway for 2012 are Jill Smyth, (back left) Head of MoneySense, Ulster Bank and Richard Hanna, Director of Education Strategy at CCEA. To enter the awards visit: www.fc-awardsni.co.uk. INNT 07-226con
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The enterprising spirit of post-primary school students from across Northern Ireland is set to be rewarded in a brand new category within Northern Ireland’s only major financial capability awards scheme.

This year, the Ulster Bank Financial Capability Awards, in association with CCEA, the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessments, is giving local schools the chance to showcase their excellent work in four categories.

The new award for ‘Enterprising Spirit’ adds to the three existing categories - ‘School Award’, ‘Student/Team Award’, and ‘Teacher Award’.

The awards, which are open to post-primary schools across Northern Ireland, aim to celebrate excellence in financial capability teaching, and build on Ulster Bank’s long-standing commitment to financial education through its flagship MoneySense for Schools programme, the largest financial education programme for post-primary schools in Ireland.

Schools can enter any of the four categories at www.fc-awardsni.co.uk, with the deadline for entries being April 20.

Judging will take place during April, and the awards ceremony for winning schools will take place in May.

In addition to a specially commissioned trophy and certificate, the winners will also receive a cash prize including School Award £1,000; Teacher Award £500; Student Award £250 and Enterprising Spirit Award £250 - with runners-up prizes also up for grabs in the four categories.

Judges will be looking for submissions that demonstrate an ongoing and sustainable commitment to financial capability teaching; go the extra distance to engage and enthuse students; develop the skills/knowledge of students; highlight enterprise skills and demonstrate a particularly innovative or creative approach to financial capability teaching and learning.