Request a speaker for your school

Our Bank Ambassadors can help your students learn about careers, the economy, and what the Bank of England does

School visits and Covid-19

In line with recent school closures, our school visit programme has now been suspended. All school visits arranged for this term have been postponed and individual schools/teachers have been informed. You can continue to use the request form to register your interest in hosting a Bank Ambassador at your school and we will use this information to contact you once schools have reopened.

We have a wide range of educational resources available, which includes lesson plans, presentations and worksheets for key stages 2, 3, and 4, that are free to download and suitable as home learning activities.

Education resources

 

What we offer

in the UK can request a free one-hour visit from one of our Bank Ambassadors. 

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

There are several talks to choose from and we can tailor them for a specific age group or subject area. 

Helping students learn about careers 

A visit from one of our Bank Ambassadors can support your school’s careers programme. It will help you achieve Gatsby benchmarks on:

  • linking the curriculum to careers (benchmark 4)
  • student encounters with employers and employees (benchmark 5).

Research by the charity Speakers for Schools shows that:

  • 93% of teachers say guest speakers help broaden students’ job aspirations
  • 87% of teachers say guest speakers tackle stereotypes about jobs and careers. 

Why we visit schools

We believe understanding how the economy works is important. It can help to establish good personal finance skills, spark an interest in the study of economics, and inform career choices.

But a relatively small number of students study economics as a subject. In 2019, less than 6,500 students took GCSE economics in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Compare that to the number who took GCSE geography (265,000) or business studies (95,800), for example.

We also know there is a keen lack of diversity in the economics profession.

So we want to do something about these things. We offer our school visit programme to state schools to help widen participation in the academic study of economics and inspire the next generation of economists.

We’re working with the Royal Economic Society on their ‘Discover Economics’ campaign. It aims to encourage more students to choose economics as a subject and a career. We hope our visits to state schools contribute to this effort.

Talk topics

We offer four types of talks that cover different subjects and age ranges. As part of each talk, the Bank Ambassador can also talk about their own career.

What does the Bank of England do?

Best for: 11 to 18 year olds
We are the UK’s central bank and have an important role in the economy. This talk covers what we do and how we’re different to a high street bank. 

Economics in practice

Best for: 16 to 18 year old studying A’ Level Economics
This talk will look at the work economists do, the skills they develop and what impact their work has on individuals, organisations and governments. We can try to tailor it to a particular topic.

EconoME workshop

Best for: 11 to 16 year olds
This session helps you deliver Lesson 1 of our free classroom resource, econoME. It encourages students to think about how they make decisions. That includes being aware of what influences them and the effects of their decisions. 

Technology at the Bank of England

Best for: 11 to 18 year olds
This talk looks at how information technology is a vital part of our work. For example, we support systems that process millions of pounds worth of payments every day. We use large amounts of data to inform our decisions. And we’re very focused on cyber security.

What you need to know 

  • There is no charge for the visit or talk
  • This offer is only open to state secondary schools, sixth-form colleges and further education colleges in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
  • We give priority to schools who have not had a visit from us before but may consider more than one visit if we have capacity

How to organise a visit 

1. Decide which of the talks we offer is most suitable for your class or year group.
You may want to bring a number of classes together or ask our Bank Ambassador to address an assembly. 

2. Complete our online request form.
We will find a suitable Bank Ambassador and introduce you to them by email so you can liaise with them directly. Waiting times vary and we cannot always guarantee your preferred date(s).

3. Respond to our emails promptly.
If we do not hear from you within two weeks, we may need to cancel the visit. 

4. Confirm the date and time of the visit with the Bank Ambassador.

5. Let the Bank Ambassador know your objectives.
For example, is it to support a particular subject area or to give a general overview as part of the careers programme? Please give details about the age of your students so we can tailor the talk. 

6. Prepare your students. 
Tell your students about the visit. Ask them to think of questions they’d like to ask. If possible, share these questions with the Bank Ambassador in advance.

7. Confirm the logistics. 
The Bank Ambassador is likely to have a digital presentation so please consider this when selecting a venue.

Please arrange for yourself or a colleague to meet them when they arrive at your school. Our staff do not have Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance so you cannot leave them on their own with students. 

8. Tell us if there are any changes. 
If you have any questions, or need to cancel or change your visit please contact us at education.programme@bankofengland.co.uk.

On the day 

9. Introduce the Bank Ambassador to your staff and students and remain with them to ensure the session runs smoothly. Please allow enough time. We suggest they give a 15-30 minute talk followed by 15-30 minutes of questions and discussion.

10. Please share your experience of your visit on Twitter and Facebook using #BoESchoolTalks.

After the visit 

11. Consider follow-up lessons relating to the curriculum or careers.

12. Your feedback is important. Please complete the online evaluation we will send you.

Terms and conditions

By completing our request form you are agreeing to our terms and conditions. We 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 tell you as soon as possible and offer you the opportunity to make alternative arrangements.

If you can no longer host the scheduled visit, please tell us as soon as possible to allow us to either cancel the visit or reschedule it for a later date.

  • 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.  

Other educational resources we 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

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

2019

2018

This page was last updated 19 March 2020
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