Request a visit to your school

Let us bring the economy to life in your classroom.

What's on offer?

We are offering your school a one hour visit from a member of our staff. Staff have volunteered to talk to your students - and answer their questions - about what the Bank of England does and how the economy works. 

There is no charge for the visit. 

We want to help you to bring these topics to life and maybe inspire your students to consider a career in central banking or finance.

You can choose from three types of visit:

  1. What does the Bank of England do?

    An explanation of what the Bank of England does – for example, how it’s different from a high street bank. The speaker can also talk to students about their own career at the Bank. For students aged 11 to 18.
  2. Economics in practice

    A talk on what the Bank of England does that’s focused on the Economics A’ Level syllabus.  It includes an option for in-depth information about a related subject of your choice. For students aged 16 to 18.
  3. EconoME workshop

    A class-based session to help you deliver Lesson 1 of our new educational resource – EconoME. This session will introduce economics in an engaging and interactive way. For students aged 11 to 16.
  4. Technology at the Bank of England

    A session explaining the role of the Bank and how technology is vital to the critical systems that support the Bank's key functions. For students aged 11 to 18.

Is my school eligible?

Secondary schools and sixth-form colleges in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland can apply.

How do I request a visit?

Follow our ‘essential steps’ below 

How do you arrange the visit? 

We will send you  an email when we have found you a suitable speaker. Please respond to us immediately.  If we don’t hear from you straight away we may not be able to keep the offer open. That’s because our speakers have limited availability.

Please let us know if your email details change. 

Visits take place throughout the academic year. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee your preferred date(s). Waiting times vary but we do keep all applications open.  

If you have any queries or need to change your application please send an email to education.programme@bankofengland.co.uk

Essential steps

  1. Find the right audience for the speaker. You may want to bring a number of classes together or ask the speaker to address a year group assembly. Please let us know if you want to invite students from other schools. 
  2. Choose the type of visit you would like and fill in our online request formWe will find you a suitable speaker and introduce you to them by email so you can liaise directly with them.
  3. Contact our speaker by email as soon as possible to agree and confirm the exact date and time of the event, well in advance. Let our speaker know what you hope your students will gain from the session and find out what your speaker is going to talk about. Tell the speaker about their audience. For example, what their age and ability is. Make logistical arrangements such as parking and travel. Agree any IT needs such as a laptop hook-up to a projector.  The speaker is likely to have a PowerPoint presentation.  
  4. Prepare your students by telling them about the speaker and sharing their biography, if available.  Prepare for the question and answer (Q&A) session with your students to make sure you have some questions to get the ball rolling. If possible, share these questions with the speaker in advance.
  5. Confirm your plans and logistics (parking, travel, technical arrangements) with the speaker.  Arrange for yourself or a colleague to welcome the speaker when they arrive at your school and to act as a guide during their visit. Our staff do not have Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance so they must not be left unattended with students. Please allow enough time for the talk. We suggest the format is a 15-30 minute talk from the speaker followed by 15-30 minutes Q&A discussion with the students.  
  6. On the day introduce your speaker and make sure the Q&A runs smoothly. You could start by asking a question yourself. Please stay with our speaker all the time they are with you. Draw the session to a close and thank the speaker.
  7. Share your experience of your visit on Twitter and Facebook using #BoESchoolTalks
    If you have any questions please contact us at education.programme@bankofengland.co.uk.

Terms and conditions

By completing our request form you are agreeing to our terms and conditions.  We always do our best to honour our bookings but we cannot guarantee against staff unavailability, illness, adverse weather conditions, transport problems, or other factors beyond our reasonable control. 

If we cannot complete a planned visit, we will try to tell  you as soon as possible and offer you the opportunity to make alternative arrangements. If you encounter a problem that stops the visit from going ahead, please tell us  as soon as possible, to allow us to either cancel the visit or reschedule it for a later date.

Frequently asked questions

How many visits can I book?

We give priority to schools who have not had a visit from us before.  But we want to provide as many opportunities for students as possible so we will try to arrange more than one visit a year if we can.  Please keep your contact details up to date and respond quickly to our emails.

How do you match a speaker to a school or college?

We match a speaker to a school based on what type of talk you have requested and what suitable speakers we have available. We give priority to schools who have not hosted one of our speakers before.

What we you do with the information you collect from me? 

Information we collect

By completing the online form, the Bank of England (‘we’ or the ‘Bank’) collects personal data about you. This information includes your name, business contact information and professional information (as provided).

Why we need your personal data

We collect your personal data so we can find a speaker to visit your school. We process your personal data as necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the Bank. 

What we do with your personal data

We use your information to meet your request and to contact you if we need further details. 

Based on your preferences in the form, we may also send you relevant educational materials or invite you to events that we believe you may be interested in.  So we can do this, we may share your information with our printing and mailing partners.  

To change the contact details we have for your organisation, or to stop receiving our emails, please email education.programme@bankofengland.co.uk.

We will keep your personal data for three years from your last interaction with us.

Your rights

You have a number of rights under data protection laws. For example, you have the right to ask us for a copy of the personal date we hold about you.  This is known as a ‘Subject Access request’.  You can ask us to change how we process or deal with your personal data, and you may also have the right in some circumstances to have your personal data amended or deleted. 

To find out more about those rights, to make a complaint, or to contact our Data Protection officer, please see Privacy and the Bank of England.  

What other educational resources do you offer?

We are keen to improve understanding of the economy and what we do. The educational resources we offer include:

Free lesson plans

Our classroom resource, EconoME, is intended for teachers of pupils aged 11-16 and is linked to the PSHE curriculum. The three lessons contain interactive activities, videos and case studies to help students understand how their decisions are affected by and influence the economy. 

Short explainers

Our KnowledgeBank articles offers bite-size guides to explain key economic concepts in a simple and jargon-free way.  

Bank of England Museum 

Our free museum explains our history and what we do. You can book a free presentation for groups of between 15 and 50 students. Advance booking is essential.

Places we visited in 2018

This map shows where we have given talks in secondary schools and colleges this year.

This page was last updated 20 September 2018
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