Family Money Buzz – Energy Detectives

A free interactive online financial education programme for 9-11 year olds focusing on energy efficiency

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1 x 60-minute session – Expert-led videos explaining key concepts – Investigations and activities

Target Group

9 – 11 year olds

Group Size


Information Sheet PDF



Family Money Buzz – Energy Detectives is a free independent learning programme addressing energy consumption and how it impacts both the environment and the cost of living. Supported by UK Power Networks, it aims to reduce fuel poverty whilst improving financial capability.

Young people are led through a digital investigation with Detective Wes, a Manga inspired energy hero, to explore energy usage in their home. They discover clues to crack the case of energy waste and uncover ways to cut costs. It includes activities and videos, and uses literacy and critical thinking skills.   

These activities can be introduced to young people by parents or incorporated into a teachers’ adapted curriculum.

Sessions cover:

  • Recognition of costs: Where energy comes from, and understanding wasting energy can be costly.

  • How to reduce waste: Looking at a number of practical ways to reduce common energy costs.

  • Understanding consequences of use: In terms of financial and environmental impact.

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Family Money Buzz – Energy Detectives is part of a targeted school programme and complements our Family Money Twist home learning programmes for Years 1-2* and 3-6** and 7-9. These online sessions are underpinned by directly delivered programmes for both upper and lower Key Stage 2 pupils in primary schools.

*P1-2  -**P4-6 – ***S1-2 in Scotland

Case Studies

From opening a first bank account and trading in real markets, to moving out of care and into independent living, MyBnk’s financial education workshops pack a BIG punch!

"It makes maths real!" Improving teens numeracy skills by understanding investment

“My Mind Has Been Blown!" - Shannon, 8, opens her first bank account and starts her savings journey

"Learning to live independently taught me I had worth" Leaving care and dodging bankruptcy

Impact After Our Programmes


Of pupils who would not delay gratification, now would


Of pupils are now pursuing a savings goal


Of teachers said pupils now know financial decisions have consequences

"Never confuse the size of your paycheck with the size of your talent".

Laura Mattson

Quality & Training Manager

"If money go before, all ways do lie open" (Shakespeare)

Emily Weldin

Education Officer

"If you want to feel rich, just count the things you have that money can't buy."

Rammiza Akhtar

Education Officer

"There are people who have money and people who are rich". [Coco Chanel]

Wendy Grace

Education Delivery Manager

“Don’t just make money, make a difference”.

Sarah Kirby

Regional Education Officer - North West

Andreu Quintana

Regional Education Officer - Scotland

"Better spend an extra hundred or two on your son's education, than leave it him in your will." ~ The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot

Gemma Orr

Regional Partnership Manager Scotland

"The more you LEARN the more you EARN".

Laura Ellis

Regional Delivery Manager South

"If money is the sea, learn to ride the waves".

Jade Jennings

Partnership Manager

“Money is numbers and numbers never end. If it takes money to be happy, your search for happiness will never end.” Bob Marley

Lisa Brown

Programme Coordinator

“You must gain control over your money or the lack of it will forever control you.” - Dave Ramsey

Barry Challis

Office and IT Administrator

“The best things in life are free".

Linda De Abreu

Finance & HR Officer