Keep the Cash! runs as a full day session in which your students are placed in real-life scenarios and asked to overcome real-life problems, helping them to develop the skills they need to cope with the challenges of adult life.
It has been rigorously ‘road tested’ in a wide range of schools throughout the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland and is described by Edexcel as “inspirational, aspirational, future-proof and a no-brainer.”
On the day itself, we arrive prior to the start of your timetabled day in order to set up Keep the Cash!. We provide all of the kit needed for your students to take part in an exciting and challenging session and, in no time at all, we’re ready for your students to join us. There will be as little disruption as possible to your usual schedule, as we fit Keep the Cash! into the established times and patterns of your school day.
Our opening session sets the scene and explains the rules of Keep the Cash! to your students, who will work in teams throughout the day. We describe the scenario in which they find themselves and take them through the key learning objectives for the day. As the session progresses, we introduce them to new concepts and build towards a series of regular tasks that they will need to complete. Keep the Cash! stretches every student because it gives them a practical, task-based insight into the problems they will encounter when they come to embark upon an independent adult life.
The four key relationships
We introduce students to the four key relationships that they will all need to manage in their adult lives: their relationships with finance; with employment; with property; and with the state. The tasks they must complete cover all they key financial skills they require and feature debt, interest, credit, budgeting and forecasting. Your students also learn about the key institutions they will have to deal with in their adult lives – banks, landlords, lenders of all kinds, employers, HMRC and the like.
Keep the Cash! compels your students to think their way through a set of problems where they can see the immediate consequence of their actions, establishing a clear link between what they choose to do and how those decisions affect their lives. It makes a number of hard ideas come to life, in a way that no other programme can do.
It was a thoroughly rewarding day where students were introduced to the key concepts and financial challenges that they will face in adult life. This was done in a fun way and and proved very enlightening for all involved.
Matthew Farrell, KS4 Enterprise Co-ordinator, The Blue Coat School, Liverpool
During the rest of the morning session, as students become more adept at the tasks set, we introduce different challenges and learning topics. This staged approach enables us to work at the pace of your students, ensuring that they all remain engaged and are able to build their skills in stages.
— Lunch Break—
The afternoon session sees students putting these skills into practice as they work together to overcome the different problems we set them. They use the knowledge they have gathered during the earlier part of the day to improve their performance as they work towards their chosen goals.
In the final part of the session we review the work of the group, looking again at key learning topics and objectives, before announcing which team has succeeded in building the most sustainable lifestyle.
Keep the Cash! gives students a clear understanding of the link between what they aspire to and what they need to do to make those aspirations a reality. The programme is highly interactive – no student is left behind – and the collaborative nature that comes from working in teams creates a fantastic sense of camaraderie among your students. The competitive aspect of the day also adds to the sense of drama and excitement.
It is a full day of a highly developed and educationally robust simulation which is led by a team of experienced, specialist tutors
- All the kit and materials for the day is provided as part of the price
- Rigorously ‘road tested’and no disruption to your school schedule
- The learning outcomes equip students with a set of skills that will be of life long benefit
- All the key financial skills are covered: debt, interest, credit, budgeting, forecasting
- Students discover the link between what they aspire to and what they need to do to achieve those aspirations
- Highly interactive – no student is left behind – working in teams creates a great espirit de corps and the competition element of the day adds to the sense of drama and excitement.
- We teach experientially which means that students learn through doing
The RSA believes that hands-on, experiential learning is most appropriate for the types of practical skills required for real-world financial capability. As Keep the Cash! so ably demonstrates, simulations can help participants to understand their role as productive and responsible players in their own financial life. Through its multi-stage simulation of a scenario of moving into a shared house with friends, participants learn not only about budgeting to ensure a rent payment could be made. When stung with the surprise of an extra month’s rent being deducted, the students also quickly learn that they must read the contract carefully to avoid such potentially ruinous surprises.
Reserve your Keep the Cash! Day
We would be delighted to explain how we can help your students flourish from a lifelong life skills and financial perspective. To find out more on how to book a Keep the Cash! Day for your school, please call us now on 0151 601 3029, email firstname.lastname@example.org or fill in the Online Enquiry form below. Let us know how many students you have and when you would like the session to take place, to ensure availability on your preferred date(s).
Depending on student numbers, the cost per student starts at just £10 for the day, which includes all the kit, materials and tutors.
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