The Community Initiatives Associates Money Management Project Award 2011 

'Southwell Supersavers' 
Southwell Primary School 
Nominated by: Stuart McLeod 
Aiming to challenge poor behaviour and teach pupils about mutual respect, Stuart McLeod contacted School Council UK and spoke to other headteachers. Through regular meetings with pupils, a school council was formed and given their own bank account and cheque book. This account was named the Southwell Supersavers. 
 
It was hoped that a project such as this would raise self-esteem and confidence in the pupils through allowing them to be entrepreneurial and raise funds for their own equipment. The project would also look to alter the community’s perception of the school through seeing the pupils having greater responsibility. 
 
The Southwell Supersaver account was inaugurated in March 1996. Since then the pupils have raised over £2000 for a ball court and £4000 for a climbing frame. For the last three years the school council has taken on the responsibility to raise a minimum of £15 a month to sponsor a child in Brazil to go to school through Action Aid. 
 
Monthly biscuit sales and discos are principal sources of income as well as non-uniform days. 
 
“There is a greater emphasis that this is our school and the children have a say in our success. We are now working towards becoming a UNICEF Rights Respecting School where we not only teach the 42 rights but also the responsibilities that accompany them,” commented Stuart. 
Sponsored by Community Initiatives Associates 
 
Community Initiatives Associates is an independent social publishing company that produces high quality, innovative materials designed to have a positive impact on communities. Head of customer relations Stephen Jackson explained how this combination of profitability and social conscience makes them the ideal sponsor for the money management award. 
 
“We understand that part of being a positive community member is being financially responsible and using money in the right way,” he said. “I think it’s great that children are learning about money management at a young age and we are delighted to be able to recognise the achievements of forward looking schools.” 
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