The visit was part of an activity organised by local NatWest staff, through the bank's MoneySense for Schools programme - the largest financial education programme in the UK. As well as getting the chance to look around the mobile bank - which visits twenty remote and rural communities across Devon (including Dunsford) every week to provide people in these communities with access to face-to face banking services - the children in Years 5 and 6 also took part in interactive activities with the NatWest staff to help them understand more about what banks do, different types of bank accounts and the practical tasks of budgeting and managing their money.
Commenting on the event Jackie Matthews, NatWest's MoneySense Coach for Devon, who was one of the NatWest staff involved, said: "The importance of financial capability for young people cannot be underestimated and hopefully today's event has brought financial education to them in a fun and interactive way. The arrival of the NatWest Mobile Bank for a visit ahead of its 10:50am Wednesday stop in Briton Street really put the icing on the cake and gave the pupils an opportunity to see a different way of banking."
Ruth Alphey, Acting Head Teacher at Dunsford Primary School, said: "It's very important that our pupils gain basic money management skills and today's event has certainly been an extremely practical and fun way of doing this. We can't thank Jackie and, of course, Carol and Ken from the NatWest Mobile Bank, enough for making the MoneySense programme available to us and for bringing along the Mobile Bank to help bring it to life."
Any schools or colleges wanting to find out more about the MoneySense programme, how to get the free materials or how to get the support of a NatWest member of staff, should contact Jackie Matthews, NatWest's MoneySense Coach for Devon on 07795 237964, or visit the MoneySense website at www.natwest.com/moneysense.