Donation to put ‘fun back into learning’


Local schools benefit from Corporates’ donation to fund fun learning resource

LOCAL schools in Birmingham have benefited from a £1500 donation by Financial Planning & Wealth Management services provider, to sponsor 300 educational books, which aim to put ‘the fun back into learning’ for pupils.

Jobson James Financial Services (JJFS), the financial planning & wealth management business owned by Charles Stanley Group PLC has supported schools with Skips Crosswords; new and creative resources which are encouraging young learners to want to do their homework. JJFS made the donation through their Community Fund, which is administered by Birmingham and Black Country Community Foundation (BBCCF).

Skips Educational Ltd has produced CrossWords, a range of Primary English and Math’s books; these have been developed by Ash Sharma, father of two, who has transformed the curriculum into educational crosswords, making learning and revision fun for young learners. Ash invented these books whilst trying to engage his 11 year old daughter to do her homework.

Tim Venner, Business Development Director, Jobson James Financial Services said: “We are pleased to be working with BBCCF to help make a positive impact in our community through our Community Fund. Skips books are a wonderful resource, which enable young people to learn whilst having fun. We are pleased to be able to offer this gift to support our future generations to excel further in their studies”.

Jackie Gazeley, Head teacher, City Road Primary School said “We are very grateful to Jobson James Charles Stanley for sponsoring these books. The resource will not only be a great benefit to our pupils but will help our parents support their children with their homework. One parent mentioned ‘it is a fantastic resource for children and parents alike’.”

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