Lesson in finances from economist

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Youngsters from a county high school have had a visit from a top economist to help them learn about finances.

Andrew Haldane, chief economist at the Bank of England, visited Astley Community High School to talk to students about his career, experiences, and economics.

To be able to learn about the life, career and experiences of one of our countries top economists will be immensely valuable to our students

Adam Ironside, head of sixth form at Astley

Students from Astley’s sixth form and the lower school were joined by students from Cramlington Learning Village and King Edward VI High School in Morpeth, for the talk.

Adam Ironside, head of sixth form at Astley, said: “We were delighted to welcome such an influential figure to our school.

“To be able to learn about the life, career and experiences of one of our country’s top economists will be immensely valuable to our students.

“Astley places a great deal of emphasis on raising the aspirations of all our students, and the visit of Mr Haldane will contribute significantly to this aim.”

Mr Haldane’s visit to the school was part of a wider visit to the north east during which he called into local businesses to discuss the regional economic environment.

Hesaid: “I was born in the north east so it is marvellous to be back and wonderful to discuss important economic issues with local students, who I hope will be inspired to become the Bank of England Governors of tomorrow.”

Only last year, along with Beyonce, Malala Yousafzai and US President Barack Obama, Time Magazine voted Mr Haldane one of the top 100 most influential people in the world.