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Kids say the funniest things: what I learnt in a finance class with eight-year-olds

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Luckily, going back to school in her 30s didn't mean more exams for the writer Credit: Juice Images

It turns out returning to school in your 30s, as an educated woman already a decade into her career, brings back that unmistakable sense of dread. Did I forget my homework? Was my skirt tucked into my tights? Would I be late?

The answer to only one of those was yes, so already an improvement on my own years in education.

The reason I found myself voluntarily going back to school on a grey morning in June was to join a class of eight-year-olds at Ark Brunel Primary Academy in west London for my very first finance lesson.

“Hands up if you like money!” Shane Franklin, the enthusiastic educator, asked the cross-legged crew sitting on the floor. Every arm shot up – including mine, although I thought...

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