Blackpool Sixth is delighted to announce that Danny Topping from our business and IT department has won a prestigious award in the Personal Finance Teacher of the Year Awards 2021.
The awards are run by one of the UK’s largest investment platforms, Interactive Investor.
The competition was set up to recognise teachers in the different phases of education who have actively sought to instil good financial know-how among their pupils, awarding cash prizes to winning schools to help fund their efforts.
Danny has won the new ‘Ambassador’ award which recognises teachers who create and provide resources on financial education for teachers to adapt and use in their classrooms. As a result of the award, the college will receive £5,000 which will be used to help further support the development of financial education at Blackpool Sixth.
Danny, who teaches the highly popular and successful LIBF Level 3 Diploma in Financial Studies has developed courses on financial education which provide other teachers with a set of high-quality resources that help bring the subject to life.
His attempts to ‘jazz up’ existing courses on financial education led him to create more task-focussed lessons for his students in 2018. He later made them available for purchase after receiving enquiries from teachers.
Danny’s resources have been acquired by over 50 schools and colleges around the UK.
Danny commented,“It’s great to receive the recognition for the work that I’ve put in developing my resources over the past few years. It has taken many hours during evenings and weekends, but it has been well worth it.
I am passionate about helping young people develop their personal finance knowledge – a valuable life skill – especially the dangers of getting into unnecessary debt. I get a real buzz knowing that teachers at schools and colleges around the country are using my resources to help their students.
I am very grateful for the cash prize for our college – an unexpected and pleasant surprise! I look forward to developing and promoting the subject further!”
Richard Wilson, CEO of interactive investor, says: “We have much admiration for teachers, whose hard work and inspiration makes a difference every single day.
“This year’s winners have raised the bar on previous years’ entries, having delivered the highest quality financial education we have seen. We’re delighted to see how they inspire children to learn about money with such fun and engaging lessons. And we were impressed by the dedication of those teachers who were championing the financial education mission not only in their own schools but in other schools in their areas.
“Financial education from a young age is so important – to help forge a healthy relationship with money from the beginning. Congratulations to all our winners.”
The judges for the awards were: Guy Rigden, Chief Executive of charity MyBnk; Dominic Vallier, Head of Financial Education Relationship Managers, London Institute of Banking and Finance; Russell Winnard, Director of Programmes and Services, Young Enterprise; Jeff Prestridge; Personal Finance Editor, Mail on Sunday; Claer Barrett, Consumer Editor, Financial Times, Richard Wilson, CEO, interactive investor and Moira O’Neill, Head of Personal Finance, interactive investor.