Request a Bank of England Speaker for your school

Ollie Gardner

24th March 2021

After receiving lots of positive feedback from the tutor2u community, we thought we'd take a look at the Bank of England’s school visits programme that gives state schools the opportunity to invite a Bank Ambassador to conduct a ‘virtual visit’ with their students.

The free one-hour talks are a great way to inform students about the Bank of England’s work as well as promoting potential career options in the field of economics.

The Bank of England’s Outreach & Education team have provided some more detail on the nature of the talks and how you can request one for your school:

“We are very aware that there is a lack of diversity in the economics profession. So, we want our school visit programme to help widen participation in the academic study of economics and inspire the next generation of economists.

Our Bank Ambassadors work at the Bank of England in a wide range of roles. They can talk to students about the economy, what the Bank of England does, and share their own career stories.

In order to reach the widest cohort of students we offer talks to UK state schools, colleges and further education colleges. There are several talks to choose from and we can tailor them for a specific age group or subject area.

The most popular presentation for teachers of A level economics is ‘economics in practice’. Our ambassador will bring to life a particular part of the macroeconomic syllabus such as QE, monetary policy or financial stability.

We launched the Bank ambassador scheme in 2018 and since then our staff have made presentations at over 750 UK state schools.

As the UK locked down, we have moved our programme online to continue to offer support to teachers and students studying whilst restrictions are in place. We now offer virtual visits using Zoom / MS Teams and have carried out a further 100 presentations over the last year.

We are keen to reach all areas of the UK and our Bank ambassadors have made visits from the Orkney Isles to Penzance, Belfast to Norwich.

Teachers wishing to receive a school visit should complete the online form on our webpage.

You can find further details and the submission form on our webpage: https://www.bankofengland.co.uk/education/school-visits"

In addition to these talks, the Bank of England also offers a variety of educational resources related to the Bank’s work as well as more general financial topics, all of which can be found here.

Ollie Gardner

Ollie is a new economics teacher at an academically selective school having previously worked in the healthcare technology industry.

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