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Harrow School Online Economics Teacher selected as Best Personal Finance Teacher of the Year runner up
Elaine Tibbatts

interactive investor, the UK’s second largest DIY investment platform, has today announced the winners of the interactive investor Personal Finance Teacher of the Year Awards 2021, and we are thrilled that Teacher of Economics, Jonathan Shields, has been identified as the secondary school runner up.

The competition was set up to recognise teachers across the key stages who have actively sought to instil good financial know-how among their pupils, awarding cash prizes to winning schools to help fund their efforts.

Mr Shields has made it his educational mission to change perceptions of investments and brings an enjoyment and approach to teaching that sees him offer pupils opportunities that many may not even consider.

Before other organisations created financial services qualifications for school-aged children, he spearheaded the design and teaching of a variety of personal finance courses in his schools. To date, his students have attained the highest mark in the UK on three different occasions in the CeFS/DipFS qualification offered by the LIBF, alongside a range of other accolades. These include multiple students selected as winners for the LIBF UK Student Investor Competition as well as successes in the LIBF Online Investor Challenge, the UK Financial Journalist competition, the Amplify Trading Re-Trader of the Year competition and the Shares4Schools CTF poster competition to name just a few.

At Harrow School Online, Mr Shields is driving forward an ambitious project to teach our economics pupils the Investment Operations Certificate (IOC) with the CISI as he continues to push the boundaries of what 16–18 year olds can achieve. It is fantastic to see our pupils continue to be stretched and challenged as they are given an insight and route into the financial services industry in a way that goes above and beyond what other schools are currently offering.

Selected by an esteemed panel of judges, including Guy Rigden, Chief Executive of charity MyBnk; Dominic Vallier, Head of Financial Education Relationship Managers, London Institute of Banking and Finance; Russell Winnard, Director of Programmes and Services, Young Enterprise; Jeff Prestridge; Personal Finance Editor, Mail on Sunday; Claer Barrett, Consumer Editor, Financial Times, Richard Wilson, CEO, interactive investor and Moira O’Neill, Head of Personal Finance, interactive investor, Mr Shields has been awarded a cash prize of £3,000 for the school.

Congratulations Mr Shields. We cannot wait to see what the future holds for you and our pupils in this field.