What games are you producing?
We have just been given £60,000 by Deutsche Bank to produce four board games designed to show 11 to 12-year-olds how to manage their money. Debt and financial problems are two of the biggest worries for young people when they leave full-time education. By teaching them how to manage their finances better, we could help them avoid getting into trouble later in life.
Where did the idea come from?
We have been running maths clubs in partnership with Deutsche Bank for three years. They are out-of-hour clubs for pupilswho haven't met the national standards in maths. The children can choose the clubs' names so they don't even have to be called maths clubs. They choose what to do and we give it a maths twist.
I have been to clubs where they are having so much fun cooking or playing cards, for example, that they don't realise they are actually improving their maths skills at the same time. Fun is not something they associate with maths, but that's what we want to try and achieve with the games.
How will the games work?
They will be board games, not dissimilar to Monopoly, with fake money and cards representing things you can buy. But we will make it as up-to-date as possible, so players will be able to buy the sort of things they would actually want, such as iPods.
There will be four different games, which we hope to pilot at six schools in January. They'll cost about £25 to produce, and we will probably charge schools a small fee to make sure they don't get them and fail to use them.
We will initially produce 4,000, but we will make more if they are popular.
How much maths will they include?
Not too much - we don't want to scare people off. Pupils will also be able to use calculators. It will be relatively complex, though, in order to engage people so they get more out of it each time they play.