Pupils battling for a spot in the boardroom

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Children at an Ashington school are aiming to battle their way into a business boardroom.

Year 5 students at The Josephine Butler Primary Academy are taking part in the annual Newcastle Building Society Boardroom Charity Challenge.

The financial education programme encourages young participants to develop business ideas that focus on benefiting their local community while also making a profit, with the winning team earning £1,000.

Andrew Haigh, chief executive at Newcastle Building Society, said: “Our Boardroom Charity Challenge gives us a wonderful opportunity to share our expertise in this area with hundreds of children across the north east.”

“We’re already excited to hear about the ideas that are our teams are going to present to us this time around.

“The enthusiasm of our young participants is always hugely impressive, and the quality of the ideas that they put forward always makes deciding which one deserves to come out on top extremely difficult.

“We’d like to wish the Josephine Butler team the very best of luck and look forward to welcoming them into our boardroom later in the year.”

The Boardroom Charity Challenge is an ongoing financial education programme developed by the Newcastle which aims to help young people learn about becoming more financially independent.

It forms part of a six-week long curriculum based learning package that teaches core numeracy and literacy skills, and has so far helped more than 1,500 children in schools right across the north east learn more about how to manage money and develop their IT and presentation skills.