Economics and Business and Maths trainees enjoyed a joint subject session at university earlier this year where they learnt about teaching financial awareness and used their knowledge to develop a range of activities they could use with their own pupils whilst on placement. Building on this experience the PGCE Secondary trainees were challenged to create new resources aimed specifically for pupils with special needs and to plan and deliver a Financial Awareness Day at Cambian New Elizabethan School. The trainees worked with 21 pupils, each with different needs, to develop their skills in handling money. Activities included buying and selling role plays, coin bingo, designing a budget for visiting a safari park and creating a storyboard demonstrating shopping in context. Trainees demonstrated much enthusiasm and motivation for leading the event and teaching in this setting and enjoyed a very warm welcome from the staff and pupils at the school.
Trainee Ellen Jauncey commented “the school had a very different atmosphere compared to a mainstream school as it felt much more relaxed. It was interesting to talk to the pupils and we all felt that the experience was extremely rewarding. It gave us a better insight into different SEN strategies that can be used to support individual pupils and their needs.”