Plymouth school receives RBS Personal Finance Education Award 2011

Plymouth school receives RBS Personal Finance Education Award 2011

St Budeaux Church of England Foundation School in Plymouth is celebrating after picking up the Best All-Round Approach to PFE Award in the Primary category at this year’s RBS Personal Finance Education (PFE) Awards for Schools.

20 June 2011

Singled out for their commitment to teaching students all-important money management lessons in an innovative and successful way, St Budeaux won £1,500 and Deputy Head teacher Helen Pearce - who champions PFE at the school - won a new laptop.

The judges were impressed by St Budeaux's progressive approach to teaching PFE. From encouraging good money habits in pupils, teaching them how to save and budget and ensuring they understand the real value of money, students were given a thorough grounding in money management. The school also took part in ‘Money Week', where their activities included demonstrating the difference that money the students had raised had made to families in Haiti, working with a poet to explore finance creativity through writing and trying to make a profit selling products bought from an initial £5 budget.

Helen Pearce, Deputy Head teacher at the School commented: "This award celebrates the school's commitment to PFE and recognises the hard work of all our staff and students in making it engaging and fun. It's great to celebrate the work being done in schools across the country in delivering PFE, share inspiration and get more ideas for how innovative money management lessons can be."

Founded by The Royal Bank of Scotland Group in association with PFEG (Personal Finance Education Group), the RBS PFE Awards are open to entrants from across England, Scotland and Wales. This year marks the fourth year of the Awards, which recognise best practice and build on RBS' 17 year heritage in personal finance education.

Andrew Cave, Head of Sustainability at RBS, said: "Each year we are impressed by the high calibre of entries to the Awards and in 2011 we are again delighted to be celebrating the fantastic achievements of schools across the country. We applaud the hard work and dedication that goes into delivering PFE to equip young people with the knowledge and skills they need to make financial decisions for their future."

Alison Seabeck, MP for Plymouth Moor View, who attended the Awards ceremony, added: "I am absolutely delighted that St Budeaux has been recognised at the PFE awards, and indeed that the school won the primary category for best all round approach. I hope that schools in Plymouth and across the South West will look at the work they have done and consider following their excellent example in their own schools to ensure our children are prepared for their future".

For more information on the RBS PFE Awards, visit (website will include case studies, photos and detailed information on each of the winners).

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