Pupils at every school in Wiltshire are being given the opportunity to learn more about money and personal finance during the sixth annual My Money Week, run by financial education charity pfeg (Personal Finance Education Group).
This year the aim of the Week, which will run from 9 to 15 June, is to give schoolchildren in Wiltshire and across the country a head-start in financial education before these vital life skills become a compulsory part of the new National Curriculum from September.
Last year local MPs Justin Tomlinson (Swindon North), James Gray (North Wiltshire) and Duncan Hames (Chippenham) gave My Money Week their support, and Malmesbury School, Lawn Primary, Wootton Bassett School and Baydon St Nicholas Church of England Primary School took part in the Week by organising financial education activities for their pupils.
Other schools in Wiltshire are being urged to join them this June to make this year’s My Money Week the biggest yet in the local area.
Schoolchildren learn about money during My Money Week 2013
My Money Week 2014 will give teachers the opportunity to improve the financial skills, knowledge and confidence of their pupils using topical news stories and current affairs to bring the subject to life.
To help them do this, teachers in Wiltshire will have access to pfeg’s free My Money Week online resources and training, full of creative and engaging activities and ideas for how to deliver financial education to young people, from the age of four right up to 19.
Tracey Bleakley, pfeg (Personal Finance Education Group) chief executive, said: “Last year My Money Week helped 1.3 million young people across the country learn more about managing money – something that we know is going to be so important to their life prospects in the future.
"I hope that every school in Wiltshire will get involved in My Money Week this year, using our free support and resources.
“From this September, after years of campaigning, financial education will finally become a compulsory part of the National Curriculum in maintained secondary schools. This means that this year’s My Money Week gives teachers at both primary and secondary level an ideal opportunity to give their pupils a head start in learning these vital life skills.”
Since the first My Money Week in 2009, millions of young people have been helped to understand more about money and personal finance through focused activities in schools. In 2013 My Money Week reached approximately 1.3 million young people in more than 4,500 schools and other settings.