I think this is a great idea:
This school opened its own bank, with its own currency. The bank is managed by two pupils, and the currency is 'earned' through work in the school. There is also a small shop where the currency can be spent.
What a fabulous idea, it apparently came about because most of the children thought money comes from a cashpoint rather than being earned.
In my primary school days, they did something similar but smaller scale....they had a school bank but it was done with real money. The school had invited the local NatWest in, and they ran the accounts. Once a week the 'bank' was open....it was a NatWest employee sitting at a desk and they recorded all the transactions. There were real passbooks as well, that would also work in any real NatWest branch. This was accompanied by lessons about saving, cheque books, debit cards, etc. (Actually having an account and paying in any money was entirely voluntary of course). To this day I put my understanding of the consumer banking system down to this. If schools DON'T teach this stuff...how are you supposed to find out? The banking system assumes everyone knows how it works which is quite astonishing really.