Title ID 3979Collection ID116
TitleLearning for Earning
CollectionCollege of Education Bognor Regis
ThemePublic Services
KeywordsBuilding Construction Children Education Food Industry Schools Shopping Shops Trades Urban Areas Workers
LocalBognor Regis Easebourne Haywards Heath Wisborough Worthing
RegionalWest Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionThe National Savings Committee and the College of Education Bognor Regis
CameraDan Levett
ProducerJohn M. Jones
Commissioning bodyWest Sussex Educational Savings Committee
WriterJohn M. Jones
SoundGeoff Elliot
ParticipantsFurther details available from the Archive
Other creditsAlison Jones (Production Assistant)
FormatBlack & White Sound
Duration22 min.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


An educational film produced by the ‘National Savings Committee’, promoting the use of school banks as a method for learning money management skills.


The film opens with scenes of a busy urban high street full of shoppers, followed by the interior of a supermarket and shop fronts for clothing, electrical, camera and motorbike shops. Scenes of housing construction are used to illustrate the need for young people to gain an understanding of mortgages and the house purchasing process. The commentary states that education has a special responsibility to prepare young people for the management of their money once they start work. The film emphasises that children from primary school age and upwards should learn about the importance of money management. It recommends the introduction of school banking systems, with the support of the National Savings Committee, encouraging children to save and understand value of managing their own money. The headmaster of Wisborough Green School (primary school) discusses the school bank system used there, accompanied by scenes of children in a primary school class with the bank in operation. The headmaster of Midhurst Intermediate School (a secondary school) and a teacher then describe the benefits of the school banking system operated there, accompanied by scenes of the children operating as ‘cashiers’ and ‘ledger clerks’. Scenes of workers inside a bank branch, electrical engineering inside the LEC Refrigeration factory at Bognor, and a secretary at work in the MGM Assurance company in Worthing are used to demonstrate the importance of money management skills in the world of work. A scene in another classroom (at St. Paul’s school in Haywards Heath) is then used to illustrate the suggestion that budgeting and money management skills are best learned in a class discussion format rather than a more formal teaching format. The film ends with scenes of the exterior of a number of high street bank branches and with titles stating ‘Learning for earning encourages young people to save for personal objectives and acquire money sense’ and advertises the NSC services: ‘Save at School through National Savings’.


Learning for Earning (1977)Learning for Earning (1977)

Contextual information

At a time of growing consumerism, increased use of computerised banking systems and direct salary payments, this film emphasises a need for the development of responsible money management skills. To this end, the film strongly promotes and advertises the services of the National Savings Committee in an educational setting. The film was commissioned by the West Sussex Educational Savings Committee, with funding from the National Savings Committee, with the specific aim to encourage schools to establish a school bank and to encourage children to become members. The film was made by John Jones who was a pioneer in the use of film and television in education and trained teachers in the use of the film for learning.

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A number of articles and other relevant documents about the film-maker are available in the Screen Archive South East Accessions Files