Schools come together in Newry to host Chief Economist of the Bank of England

21 March 2017

Andy Haldane, Chief Economist and Executive Director for Monetary Analysis, Research and Statistics for the Bank of England went to St Paul’s High School in Newry.

In a fantastic multi-school event he spoke to 150 Business Studies and Economics A-level students from St Paul’s and 5 other local schools. The morning began with a pre-event reception in the school after which A-Level students from St Paul’s High School, were joined by their contemporaries from local schools who had been invited by St Paul’s to make the most of this fantastic opportunity.

Andy, who was previously named by Time magazine as one of the world’s top 100 most influential people, spoke to a captivated audience about interest rates, Brexit, the economy and inflation.

After the talk Dearbhail McDonald, Group Business Editor at Independent News & Media and one of Ireland’s leading journalists, was on hand to facilitate the Q&A session.

It was a very inspiring, and informative event, which the students all really enjoyed:

“Andy was very informative and he talked directly to us.  He was very down-to-earth and funny.”

“We loved hearing Andy’s story of how he got to where he is today”.

Ann O’Hare, Head of Business Studies at St’ Paul’s High School did an amazing job hosting this event and arranging for the other schools to attend.

Here are Ann’s 5 Top Tips for Hosting a Multi-School Event:

  1. Make sure all the schools are bringing the right student audience, it helps if all the students are from one year or subject group so the speaker can address the talk appropriately.
  2. Make sure you have more than one contact at the other school and if possible a contact in their SLT, this way you can still check details if your primary contact is away.
  3. Logistics, think about travel to and from the event for all the other schools, do they all have transport? Try to arrange the event for the afternoon if possible so all the schools have time to travel.
  4. Make sure all the other schools have arranged permission for their students to attend an event outside their own school.
  5. Think about the layout in the hall you are using to host the event. (Ann set the hall up in an oval shape with Andy at the centre, so all the students had a great view of Andy, which also helped encourage more questions.)

You can read further advice and guidance for schools considering hosting a similar multi-school event in our handy guide here.

A huge thank you to Andy for his continued enthusiastic support for the Speakers for Schools programme and to St Paul’s High School, Newry for facilitating such a superb event.