“Ed has been providing our Year 9 girls with Financial Education during our enrichment week for many years now. The sessions are informative, engaging and extremely relevant and by using small groups, the girls get individual attention. Thank you, Wizeup.”
Angela Smith - Head of PSHCEE & Enrichment Co-ordinator
I am a geography teacher responsible for all of the Enterprise education at school, and like most teachers with extra responsibilities, have little time in which to deliver this. From the moment I contacted WizeUp I felt totally at ease, Ed listened to my requirements and immediately responded with a variety of options and suggestions to suit. Wizeup products and services can be an extremely useful off the shelf option but what makes them stand out is their flexibility, willingness and ability to accommodate individual school’s requirements.
When I initially spoke to Ed 3 years ago about WizeUp participating in a new Enterprise education day about the world of work for our year 11 students, he not only agreed to help facilitate the day, but offered to deliver whatever type of workshop we wanted – that’s flexibility!
The overall aim of WOW is to better equip our students to be more competitive and influential in the increasingly global world of work. More specifically, it is to give our students an insight into the skills and attitudes required for the world of work and to give them the opportunity to practise, develop and demonstrate these in a familiar environment BUT with unknown professionals. All students attend in business dress and participate in a number of employability skills workshops as well as a mock interview with an external professional who gives invaluable personal verbal and written feedback to each student. WizeUp supports us all day in delivering not only an interviewing skills workshop but then a financial skills workshop.
Delivering a day such as this to a whole year group of 210 students is no mean feat and Ed Flack / WizeUp is key to not only informing and inspiring our students but enabling myself as the organiser to focus on the inevitable “on the day” small issues rather than worrying about what is happening in the classroom!
Fiona Bell - Enterprise Education Co-ordinator
"We were delighted that Ed agreed to come into school to speak to our sixth form students. He catered brilliantly for the wide spectrum of post-18 options, ranging from student finance for our university applicants through to budgeting to tax codes for our students going into the world of work. Ed is a brilliant speaker and really captivated the students with his relatable tone and humour. We will definitely be using WizeUp again!"
Coordinator UCAS and Future Horizons Lead
“My experience of dealing with WizeUp was exemplary. From an initial enquiry to the delivery of the session to the students the levels of communication were excellent and Ed was very accommodating about putting together a session in response the specific topics requested by our students. The talk on the day was interactive and highly informative and I am sure that the students will make use of the wide-range of information and support that Wizeup offer as a follow-up to the talk. I shall definitely be asking Ed back to speak to the students next year.”
Mary-Clare Startin, Deputy Head, Sixth Form
“Another terrific talk by Ed to our Sixth Form. No-one was left in any doubt about the value of budgeting when off to university or out in the real world. The examples were spot on the for age group and the students knew they were learning something important. Ed has the ability to make difficult topics seem like plain common sense.”
Laura Redman – Head of PSHE – Berkhamsted School.
"Ed is a regular at Bromsgrove School and presents current information and guidance on all financial matters that students should consider when they leave school. He is equally comfortable delivering to whole year groups as he is to smaller seminar sessions where students get the opportunity to take part in practical activities to drive forward key messages to keep students on track financially. Ed delivers his presentations professionally and has a wonderful ease with the varying questions that students ask."
Ms E. L. Densem
Head of UVIth
We did a review of the workshops and your specific workshop scored 96% - which was for students who found the session extremely informative and engaging. That is an incredibly good score!!
We also asked about impact. Not all students got to the bottom of the form to provide us with this information but those who did again scored it highly.
W are really pleased that the day had an impact on the students.
Thank you again for your support with this.
Mrs. Christine Sanders
Leader for Employability
"Many thanks to the WizeUp team for the informative workshops given to our Year 12 students during their Activity Week. You answered their questions in a language they could understand and I am confident they and their parents will make use of the after service you offer. We will be inviting you back next year!"
Stephanie Rogers, Head of Year 12
"Today was fantastic and students from both year groups have been extremely positive about the talks and you as a speaker. A number commented that they thought the way you presented things was great and you made something complex easy to understand. The Y13s that I spoke to thought that the timing was really good and that they wouldn't really have listened had it been done much earlier in the process. It's really exciting to keep this going for future years and if we're able to be even more creative with how we deliver things to the students in future that could be even better!"
Mr D Colquhoun
Director of Sixth Form
“It is so important for children to be taught about money, finance and budgeting. Our pupils were engaged in all of the activities throughout the day and took so much from what they experienced. .”
Emma Draycott - Senior Teacher
"Thank you for coming to speak to the girls yesterday. The feedback from both girls and staff has been really positive. Apparently the girls were doing their budgets in the common room later on yesterday and comments such as 'It's really depressing: I spend £300 and only have £100 coming in each month' and 'I spend so much money in Starbucks' were heard to be made! I will reiterate the use of the website to them."
Katie Banks - Assistant Head of Sixth Form
"Our students were very appreciative of all of the information about finance that you provided them. Always good to have an expert delivering the important content rather than just me."
David Rutt - Deputy Head
"Thank you so much for being here. Already I am hearing wonderful feedback from your talks from both students and staff. I’m so glad you were able to make it and hope to be in touch soon about future events."
Pollyanna Langford-Lacny -
Careers Lead for Sixth Form
“The talk I attended was on budgeting and student finance. I found the talk very helpful as I had not yet applied for student finance because I was unsure of what loans I could apply for and what the different loans covered. The Powerpoint presentation was clear and engaging and the speaker’s interaction with the group was positive because all questions asked were answered clearly and effectively. It was an overall enjoyable experience and I learned useful information that will help me budget, not only during my time at university but, throughout my adulthood too.”
Sophie – Year 13
“The talk on student finance was interesting and engaging. It helped to make the process seem less daunting and gave a step by step look at the application process simplifying and explaining each point to us. It gave me a better understanding of what I am going to get from the loan and put me at ease regarding the re-payment process. In addition the budgeting talk helped me to know the best way to spend my money in a smart way at university."
Jake – Year 13
“I found the talk really useful - the anecdotes used were beneficial. It was also reassuring learning about how university fees aren't as patronising as they are made out to be. Seeing how we could ration our money next year whilst still enjoying the university experience has really put me at ease and made me even more excited for September.”
Jai – Year 13
“As a school we were really impressed by the quality of the provision provided by Wizeup. Both the quality of the content and the presenter lead to a really engaged group of students who all came away having learnt something useful and feeling more comfortable about their financial future. We will definitely be using them in the future and just wish we had come across them sooner.”
Matthew Whitley – Assistant Head of Sixth Form.
"The CV skills workshop is excellent. The presenter was able to fully engage and inform our year 12 students for one full hour which is not always easy with this age-group of young adults.
Students themselves declared this session one of the best and most useful enrichment sessions they have experienced.
I would fully recommend this workshop for all A level students."
Mrs Donna Wright Head of Sixth Form
“Ed’s workshops are now a regular feature of our Year 9 curriculum. His varied resources and informative style educates and engages students on a range of Personal Finance topics.”
Rachel Marshall, Head of PSE and Careers.
“I thought it was extremely useful as it gave me a much clearer understanding of many aspects of student finance. I found it surprisingly interesting, considering the amount of information that was covered. I thought it provided some very useful Life Skills that, I am confident, will prove to be important in the future. Glad to have had it.”
Sixth Form Student
“Ed’s expertise in the subject and knowledge about the current intricacies of Student Finance is invaluable to our students. They really respect and appreciate a specialist coming in to talk to them, and he is able to engage our students with his charismatic presentation style. We have received very positive feedback from all our parents and students, and look forward to him visiting us again next year.”
Rachel Golding, Head of Sixth Form
"I’m writing at last to thank you properly for your input to our Conference this year. As I said, you really are the backbone of what we put on, both for students on Monday and Tuesday - and now for parents on Monday evening - and we are always delighted when we hear that you are able to come again and that HRBS are continuing their invaluable sponsorship.
‘The speaker was energetic and approachable’
‘Valuable and very useful information’
‘A very knowledgeable man’
On Tuesday the group were particularly appreciative of your input on CVs, but many also commented on the information about tax and banking. You provide the information that no-one else quite manages to tell them and that so often they don’t even know which questions to ask about."
Janet Paterson - Head of 6th Form
Ed's talk has given me a better insight into different finance options, and has allowed me to proactively think more about money.
Jasmine - Sixth Form Student
The talk gave me a broader idea of what my financial options are when I go to uni and has definitely provided me with some food for thought.
Call - Sixth Form Student
Ed gave us a really great talk about student finances , I now understand so much more.
Bailey - Sixth Form Student
Ed extended my knowledge of budgeting, helping me to understand ways to manage my income and spending.
Seraphina - Sixth Form Student
Ed is a speaker who tailors his material to his audience's needs: everything he says is useful.
Mr. Dan Langley - Head of Sixth Form
Ed was totally enthusiastic and passionate about ensuring that our next generation are more financially aware. Thank you to our sponsor, Saffron Building Society, too.
Mrs Ali Baxter - Deputy Head of Sixth Form
"Thank you so much for your sessions today, the students said they learnt a tremendous amount.
I will get more detailed feedback for you and send it on though.
You were a pleasure to have, you set up easily, managed the students well and had a really good rapport with them.
You were a pleasure to deal with!"
Helena Makowski - Head of Sixth Form
We had a great session last night with Ed. The session went down really well and Ed delivered it with great fun.
Alastair Maiden - Head of Academy
“I never thought finances could be so interesting!” said Dylan Church, LCCC Academy Scholar. “I’m starting uni this year and want to get a part time job so learning about student finance, income tax and national insurance was really useful. Ed from WizeUp also touched on pensions and how important they are for professional cricketers and any other career – that really got me thinking! Thank you so much to the Melton Building Society for making this session happen, I’m looking forward to the next one already!”
Dylan Church, LCCC Academy Scholar.
Thank you so much for coming into school to be part of our careers day. There was a real buzz about the school and the students found the day, useful, interesting and enjoyed it.
At the end of the day I asked the students to complete an evaluation form about their day. I had a brief look at a few of the comments the students wrote which I will quote to you “I learnt general life skills – employment, saving and investing” and “I learnt good life skills to help me be wise with my money” and “a job interview, how to give a good first impression”
Thank you again for investing your time in our students. I will be in touch to see how we can work together again with financial and employability workshops.
Gill Blair-Park (Mrs)
"MV16 hosted Ed Flack from WizeUp Consultants in July 2018 where our Year12 students, planning to start university in 2019, benefitted from his experienced advice. Throughout the day, Ed delivered 6 workshops for our students introducing them to all they needed to know financially for when they embark on their university career. The interactive sessions were both enjoyable and informative and we will definitely be inviting him back to repeat the process in future years. These sessions come with my highest recommendation for sixth form students."
Natasha Roberts - Assistant Head
“I have known Ed for a number of years having got him in to work with our young players at two of the clubs I have worked for. He is extremely knowledgeable in his field and professional in the delivery of all of his sessions which are always very productive and engaging.”
Head of Education & Player Welfare
"The speaker we had last week was very charismatic and gave us a lot of useful advice on the future which I intend to use in great effect. He was very open and inspiring."
James and Rio - Year 11 students
"It helped me prepare and relax for my future interviews, it was also enjoyable and fun to interact with him."
Tabitha. - Year 11 student
"It felt like last week was great, it gave me a confidence boost because now I know how to perform well in an interview."
Dot - Year 11 student
"Really helpful and made me more prepared for my future. I really hope he comes again as I thought he was really kind and useful."
Dolly - Year 11 student
"WizeUp delivered an excellent session to our Year 11 student to prepare for their college interviews. Our speaker had the students’ full attention from the beginning thanks to his friendly approach. Ed’s talk gave students a deep insight into the world of interviewing and he used personal experiences in order to captivate our students. It was so much better than having someone go through a series of simple instructions. Overall, he has made the students feel very comfortable when facing an interview. The role play type of activities were a great tool to engage students and provide immediate feedback. I would definitely recommend them."
Miss Charlotte Magniez -
Head of PHSCE
Thank you so much for delivering the session yesterday, the interns really enjoyed the activities and they are not always easy to please! It was great that your session tied in so well with our desire to get them into paid work, and hearing from you the benefits of working I hope will be inspirational.
I look forward to working with you again next year, if you would like to give me some dates I can book this in as soon as you like.
Lecturer in Foundation Learning (Project SEARCH) Inclusion
"This is to formally express our thanks for the excellent work which you and Mike Spooner did with our students yesterday. You managed to engage their interest very quickly and covered a lot of very valuable material. You helped them clarify their thinking and will have enabled them to make much more informed choices about their future. The students were still buzzing with excitement this morning and everybody we asked told us how useful the presentations and discussions had been.
You were also able to explain the complexities of student finance to a large audience of parents who also commented how helpful it was. I very much hope that we will be able to work together again in the future.
Maria Bates - Assistant Headteacher
“Thank you so much for your time yesterday. The content was incredibly insightful and your knowledge and expertise really helped the students gain a greater understating. I learnt a lot too!
I have now had the opportunity to share your pdf resources with students and their parents/carers. They have been very well received and feedback has been positive.
Thank you again for your time. We would certainly welcome the opportunity to book again next year.
Chris Buller - Head of Sixth Form”
" The workshop which Ed prepared and delivered was really well received by our year 12 students. Ed is a confident and very knowledgeable speaker who answered their questions with good humour and kept the workshops running at a good pace. It was helpful to have an input into the planning of the lesson. We will happily work with Ed again and encourage our students to look at resources on the WizeUp website. The students gave the lesson very positive feedback - always the end goal"
Ms J Haggett - Assistant Headteacher/Head of Sixth Form
"Ed Flack is always the first booking we make every year for our Sixth Form PSHE programme. He is a highly entertaining speaker who provides our students and parents with vital financial information about budgeting and the essential advice they need to know about the cost of university. Wize Up’s information is second to none and we only wish we had space for them to visit us more often."
Alun Lloyd - Head of 6th Form
"A great, enthusiastic and engaging presentation from Ed to our Year 12 students about budgeting, and general finances this year. Yet again students found the sessions to be enjoyable and informative. Particularly those heading off to university felt far more knowledgeable about student finance, flat sharing and budgeting after the sessions. It is great to work with Ed again, who is so enthusiastic about ensuing our students are more financially aware."
College & Admin Manager
"The on line sessions provided by Ed Flack on financial literacy during December 2021 (4 hours in total) were superb. They provided a great deal of relevant and accessible information in a format that the year 12 and 13 students engaged in. The coverage of topics from investments and savings, tax and student finance and even including things to consider when flat sharing were relevant and invaluable to preparing students for the future financial events. Every year 12 and 13 student in attendance on these days had access and heard these messages and this information.
The contribution from Market Harborough building society by sponsoring this educational provision was invaluable and has undoubtedly helped to prepare these young adults well."
Rachael Wilson - Head of Year 12/Psychology
"Students, and staff, found the sessions incredibly informative. The sessions were bespoke to the cohort so they had ownership over what they looked at. Ed was an excellent presenter, enthusing them and making some tricky concepts much more accessible. We will definitely be looking for opportunities to work with WizeUp in the future.”
Lucy Butler - Director of Sixth Form
"Thank you so much for coming today and all the work you put in! Both staff and students have been saying they've had a wonderful day. There was a really positive environment walking around and it was great to see how involved our students were- even some who are not usually interested in sitting in a classroom! We couldn't have done it without you so thank you.
Please do stay in contact about any opportunities you have running in the future.
We hope to see you again!"
Helena Bartlett - Teaching Assistant
“WizeUp have offered invaluable advice to students at Walton Post 16. The information about Student Finance, savings and taxation was particularly informative and enabled students to gain a detailed understanding of these and the importance of understanding finance on a personal level. Ed in particular is very personable, engaging and pitches the information at the right level for the students. Financial advice is the number one request we get from our Post 16 students and WizeUp offer the best advice and support for this. Walton highly recommend Wizeup for anyone looking to offer young people support with their finances.”
Fran Gilbert - Deputy Post 16 Leader
“School leavers today face complex financial issues, especially when they leave home for university or begin employment. Ed’s knowledge and enthusiasm gives them an opportunity to get prepared for life after Sixth Form. We are very grateful to Penrith Building Society whose financial support allows the yearly event to occur. The students were enthusiastic to have the opportunity to quiz an expert and gain practical knowledge that will help them for life.”
Sessions were tailored to meet Year 12’s varied aspirations whether that be: University, employment, apprenticeship or a gap year. Workshops focused on the financial implications of studying for a degree, what to look out for when opening a student bank account and knowledge about financial aspects of renting property or sharing a flat. Other sessions covered taxation, credit ratings as well as pay day loans and practical tips on how to start saving and investing for the future.
Rob Jackson Head of Sixth Form
“Mr Flack has an impressive wealth of knowledge on the financial issues that we as teenagers face. I learnt a lot about how to deal with financial problems and about the dangers and benefits of having a credit card at my age. I think I am now more aware of the consequences of debt and the ways to prevent falling into financial difficulties. As students' we are really grateful to Penrith Building Society for sponsoring this informative day at UCC.”
Tilly Bird - Ullswater Sixth Form Student
Ed delivered two lessons to Year 11 in Feb based around interview technique, apprenticeships and financial skills. Around 150 students attended these virtual lessons and these were very well received. Students and staff were very positive when I spoke to them about the lessons, particularly the interview technique aspect. It was also perfect timing that it was apprenticeships week and Ed gave a detailed explanation of what this career route entails.After half term, we welcomed Ed back for two sessions with around 180 students in Year 10. Students really enjoyed the session covering the history of money and it prompted significant discussion with form tutors after the session. The overview of student finance was also well received as this is something that students have asked about previously.Welland Park Academy is really appreciative of the sessions offered by Ed and the financial support that offered by Market Harborough Building Society. It really improved the Citizenship course, especially during lockdown. Students were really engaged and thoroughly enjoyed both delivery and content; we hope to continue this next year.
Sam Askham - KS4 Citizenship Leader
"Please pass on my thanks to Ed for a brilliant lesson; this is exactly what our students needed!"- Year 11 Form Tutor