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  • "Visits of a practical nature ,such as this one,which will help young students to become better at managing their monies seems quite sensible.Maybe this is something we should be promoting actively in our schools.Start early with impressionable young minds to instill really useful,winning habits for life.

    These days we see some school-going kids wearing really flash branded shoes and paraphrenalia costing a bomb mainly to show they are well off. This makes peers who cannot afford these luxuries feel small.Our students should be made to appreciate that money is a COMMODITY and not the be all and end all.

    Their value systems need to be enhanced from a very young age.I am sure parents have a big responsibility too to encourage these traits--often being party to the problem.Many couples work and out of a sense of guilt or simply because they can afford it,spoil their young ones.We ALL have made these errors,in some measure, not realising how damaging this can be long-term to the values we impart to our youngsters.

    Hope we return to good old-fashioned ways where school becomes a place of discipline,learning and growth in every way possible and not a parade ground for fashionable,expensiv
    e ,branded goods.I hasten to add this does not happen in ALL schools but it does occur, corroding young minds undeniably.

    Many are hooked on expensive branded goods from a very young age.This must be actively discouraged and SAVINGS encouraged---maybe have a small SCHOOL SAVINGS BANK so they learn how to handle their own monies effectively to get best value from the word go!We had this drummed into us in boarding school and it has helped enormously throughout life.

    Hopefully we can start early and have very savvy College students who show us seniors how to make best use of our funds.Anything is possible."
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MP Bob Blackman vists Harrow College as part of Barclays Money Scheme

MP visits college as part of money scheme

MP visits college as part of money scheme

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Harrow Times: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter - north London

We're used to politicians telling us about the virtues of prudence and austerity, but an MP spoke directly to students in Harrow when he visited their college.

Harrow East MP Bob Blackman spoke to students at Harrow College’s Harrow-on-the-Hill campus as they took part in activities to learn how to budget and be financially independent.

Activities included a money personality quiz and a taste test, which helped them understand how to save money by buying unbranded foods.

Mr Blackman said: “It is great to see Harrow College students learning to take financial responsibility at such a young age.

“Schemes such as this are really important when it comes to helping students learn about enterprise and employability and become financially savvy and independent.”

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