This week’s student blog is from two of our A Level economics students, inspired by their teacher, Mr Wainwright.
Last Tuesday, Mr Wainwright led a dramatic Dragons Den style pitch in assembly. He was looking for 100% investment in his educational ideas company. The common theme running through the presentation was the quality of his production process, using skilled craftsmen and women to deliver a tailor made product. At the same time photographs of AKS school life were being shown in the background, illustrating this production process.
One fact that he gave us was that in our lifetime we could expect to earn between £4 million and £5 million. But pointed out that as good as this sounded there are drawbacks to money. Firstly, money loses its value over time and secondly once it has been spent it has gone. However, he explained that unlike money qualifications do not lose their value. He asked the rhetorical question “can you think of anything that holds its value like an A level?”
In a clever comparison between bank interest rates and our interest level at school he pointed out that the more interest you have the more you can get out of your subjects. Also comparing withdrawals from bank reserves to withdrawals from our teachers reserves of knowledge, Mr Wainwright encouraged us to make as many withdrawals as possible.
Finally, a very serious point was that the world of work is a constantly changing environment, where a job for life is probably a thing of the past, where technology and globalisation are disrupting jobs. He made the point strongly that there was no need to worry about such changes if you had his production process behind you, if you had the AKS experience behind you and most importantly if you had qualifications behind you. Because, as he pointed out, they do not lose their value.
The talk, brilliantly, represented the strong values of AKS’ ambition to allow every child to reach their optimum achievement within school and to be successful outside of AKS.
That’s a bank we like to say ‘Yes’ to.
Ryan Evans and Naomi Forster, Year 12