What we've been up to this month:

This month, Year 5 and 6 pupils at a primary school in East London had a back-to-school treat when three Create drama artists visited for a fortnight! The children took part in our A Wealth of Stages programme, which develops literacy and financial awareness through creative activities, building life skills and confidence. After a visit to the Bank of England Museum (where they got to hold a gold bar!), the children worked with our professional drama artists to play money games, learn about budgeting and devise a play. They performed this to other pupils, families and friends.
11-year-old Isaac talked about what he learnt from the project and his favourite moment: 
“I think it’s important to save money. My dad gives me £5 every Friday so I’ve managed to save up about £250. I’m planning to buy a PS4 for the summer holidays. Making money makes me feel happy because I’m saving, but at the same time, it makes me sad because it’s my parents’ money.
“I learnt from the project that the best place to put your money is in the bank so it’s safe and you can earn interest. Through drama we understood the difference between interest and a loan. I also learnt that in the olden days it used to cost less. Nowadays, people find things very expensive and difficult to afford. That’s why they use loan shops. I see loan shops on the high street all of the time, I didn’t know what they were but now I do.
“My favourite part was performing to the rest of the school. There were some really funny moments, like when we jumped around to the Mission Impossible tune, chasing the loan sharks. It was nice to see everyone enjoying themselves and our parents also had the chance to come so that was the best bit for me. At first I felt really shy. I was thinking ‘What if I make a mistake?’ But as we got into it, I became more and more confident.”

Also this month:

  • We ran music and poetry workshops with young hospital and hospice patients
  • We’ve been nominated for the Young Carers’ Awardat the Children & Young People Now Awards 2018! You can read more about our work with young carers here
  • We’ve won 17 Koestler Awards and are exhibited in the 2018 Koestler Exhibition at Southbank Centre. Read our Chief Executive’s blog about the awards here!
  • Read the stories of two young people who recently took part in our project bringing together students from Special Educational Needs and mainstream schools on our website.