Press Release: Bank of England Partners with Speakers for Schools to launch talks in state schools across Liverpool about the economy
16 November 2017
The Governors and key leadership of the Bank of England will deliver talks in schools across Liverpool today to kick off their annual Future Forum 2017, in partnership with the UK education charity Speakers for Schools.
The seven Bank of England speakers will discuss a range of topics with students, including their career trajectory and the work of the Bank, speaking about the role it plays in the economy and how it impacts on all young people.
The talks will be followed by a Q&A allowing students to have a conversation around issues important to them such as the state of the UK’s economy, future jobs and how Brexit might impact the country. There will also be workshops featuring the Bank’s new school curriculum materials, to be used to teach all pre-GCSE students about the role of the economy and markets.
The Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney will host one of the talks, with other representatives from the Bank Dr Ben Broadbent (Deputy Governor, Monetary Policy), Sir Jon Cunliffe (Deputy Governor, Financial Stability), Tanveer Hussain (Head of Peer Supervision and Risks Division at the Prudential Regulation Authority), Joanna Place (COO), Sir David Ramsden (Deputy Governor, Markets & Banking) and Sam Woods (Deputy Governor, Prudential Regulation) also speaking in schools across Liverpool.
This is the first set of talks as part of a bigger initiative to reach out and engage more young people in discussions about the economy and the future of the country.
The Bank has also recently participated in Speakers for Schools’ new Work Experience programme, S4SNextGen.org, by hosting fifteen state school students for a week-long work experience placement at the Bank during the October half term. S4SNextGen is a new programme that connects leading organisations with state school students who have the least access to top firms through meaningful activities like work experience.
Robert Peston, founder of Speakers for Schools said:
“It is vital that young people understand the role played by the Bank of England in trying to provide economic and financial stability, the bedrocks of our prosperity. Speakers for Schools is proud to have helped the Bank meet school students who will benefit from a better understanding of how the economy works and who will one day hold the Bank to account.”
Ashley Hodges, Executive Director, Speakers for Schools said:
“We are so pleased we have been able to work with the Bank of England to make these conversations possible, and hope it has left students feeling more empowered when it comes to the economy and their future.”
Future Forum is an annual event that aims to bring together a wide range of views in order to discuss the Bank’s role in serving society. This year’s event is in partnership Speakers for Schools, Economy and Re-Thinking Economics to help reach new audiences with their work, particularly focusing on education and helping young people better understand the role of the Bank of England. The new curriculum materials are designed to as a way for school teachers to bring this into the classroom helping teenagers understand the economy and engage students in their work. You can find these curriculum materials and more information about them here.
Thinking about taking part? Read more about how here.
Sam Woods at Ormiston Chadwick Academy
Notes to Editors
About Speakers for Schools
Speakers for Schools in a UK-wide charity set up so that every state school student has a chance to be encouraged, inspired and informed by the leaders of today through talks that share their experiences and journey. Launched in 2011 by Robert Peston (Political Editor, ITV), we aim to help state secondary schools have regular access to high-profile, industry-leading figures for free talks, to help level the playing field for state school students. Speakers in the network range from the Prime Minister and CEOs of major companies to notable arts people, scientists, leading entrepreneurs and academics. We have a network of 1,900 state secondary schools and colleges across the UK, having reached 500,000 young people through over 4,030 talks to date. In 2017, the charity launched a portal and programme, S4SNextGen.org, to help speakers’ companies offer special work experience placements particularly for students without access to the professions. Speakers for Schools is kindly funded in full by the Law Family Charitable Foundation.
Visit www.speakers4schools.org for more about our speakers, events and wider work.
About the Bank of England
The Bank of England is the UK’s central bank. The mission of the Bank is to deliver monetary and financial stability for the people of the United Kingdom.