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Back to school for Butterfield as pupils receive reading support


St. Helier, Jersey – 11 November 2020: Butterfield Bank Jersey is supporting local charity Every Child Our Future (ECOF) to “close the education gap” by volunteering time to practice literacy and numeracy skills with primary school children.

ECOF aims to tackle the widening gap between the highest and lowest academic achievers and to prevent children from disadvantaged backgrounds falling behind.

ECOF supports volunteers by training them so they can spend one-to-one time with a child practicing Key Stage 1 and 2 literacy and numeracy skills.

Butterfield has volunteered one hour per week to supporting pupils at Rouge Bouillon School and currently four employees are taking part in the initiative. Each volunteer spends between 15-20 minutes with a child and typically sees three children each week.

Gillian Arthur, Director of ECOF Jersey said, “In Jersey’s States funded schools, only 65% of children are secure readers at age 11 and even fewer children reach this level in schools with significant proportions of pupils for whom English is not their first language and who are receiving Jersey Premium. It is our goal to tackle this shortfall and ensure that 95% of pupils go into secondary school with the basic literacy skills to do well. Community support is invaluable in helping us work towards this aim. When children engage and are encouraged by adults it helps develop their learning and boosts their self-esteem.”

Noel McLaughlin, Managing Director of Butterfield in Jersey said, “We are very excited to support ECOF’s volunteering programme. Investing in the communities we work within is something that is very important to us. We recognise how crucial numeracy and literacy skills are to the foundations of learning and school engagement; we want to help the island’s young people to have the best possible start in school life.”

 


About Butterfield

 Butterfield Bank (Jersey) Limited (“BBJL”) is regulated by the Jersey Financial Services Commission to conduct deposit-taking business under the Banking Business (Jersey) Law 1991 (as amended), and investment business, fund service business and money service business pursuant to the Financial Services (Jersey) Law 1998, (as amended). BBJL is registered under the Data Protection (Jersey) Law, 2018 and is registered with the Jersey Registrar of Companies for the purpose of the Companies (Jersey) Law 1991 (as amended). The registered address and principal place of business for BBJL is at: St Paul’s Gate, New Street, St Helier, Jersey JE4 5PU. Company registration number 124784. Butterfield Bank (Jersey) Limited is a participant in the Jersey Bank Depositors Compensation Scheme. The Scheme offers protection for eligible deposits of up to £50,000. The maximum total amount of compensation is capped at £100,000,000 in any 5 year period. Full details of the Scheme and banking groups covered are available on the States of Jersey website www.gov.je/dcs, or on request.

Butterfield is a full-service bank and wealth manager headquartered in Hamilton, Bermuda, providing services to clients from our offices in Bermuda, the Cayman Islands and Guernsey and Jersey, where our principal banking operations are located, and The Bahamas, Switzerland, Singapore, and the United Kingdom, where we offer specialised financial services. Banking services comprise deposit, cash management and lending solutions for individual, business and institutional clients. Wealth management services are composed of trust, private banking, and asset management. In Bermuda, the Cayman Islands and Guernsey, we offer both banking and wealth management. In The Bahamas, Singapore and Switzerland, we offer select wealth management services. In the UK, we offer residential property lending. In Jersey, Butterfield Bank (Jersey) Limited offers select banking and wealth management services. The Bank of N.T. Butterfield & Son Limited is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: NTB) and the Bermuda Stock Exchange (symbol: NTB.BH). Further details on the Butterfield Group can be obtained from our website at: www.butterfieldgroup.com.
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