I would like to encourage local schools to put on money lessons this June, to give pupils a head-start in financial education before it becomes a compulsory part of the new National Curriculum in September.
This year’s My Money Week (9-15 June), run by the national financial education charity Personal Finance Education Group, gives every primary and secondary school in the Rother Valley the chance to help young people learn more about money and personal finance, for free.
The week will be themed around current affairs, challenging young people to improve their financial skills, knowledge and confidence through topical lessons and activities on personal finance. Free online resources, advice and training are on offer for teachers to help plan their activities.
Financial education will become a compulsory part of the National Curriculum for the first time this September, after years of campaigning. The move only affects secondary schools still under local authority control; however initiatives such as My Money Week are designed to get all schools involved in financial education.
To find out more about My Money Week please visit www.pfeg.org/mymoneyweek