Swindon’s two MPs Justin Tomlinson and Robert Buckland have called for Swindon schools to get their pupils talking and learning about money, as part of a charity’s new campaign to help improve the financial capability of young people.
Personal finance becomes part of the national curriculum in September and every primary and secondary school in the town has been sent free Get Money Smart posters and teaching materials by national charity pfeg (Personal Finance Education Group).
All schools which sign up to receive assistance from pfeg before Money Week in June will be entered into a prize draw to win a copy of Monopoly Swindon edition.
The Link has two copies to give away, thanks to game creators Winning Moves.
The charity’s Get Money Smart campaign aimed at children aged up to seven, 11, 14 and 16 is designed to encourage classroom discussions about money and personal finance.
Ideas for different ages include checking your change, estimating the cost of a weekly shop, comparing mobile phone tariffs and planning and budgeting for a trip.
Justin said: “Financial education in the national curriculum will equip the next generation of consumers to be able to make informed and savvy financial decisions.
The Get Money Smart campaign is a great way of learning about personal finance in a fun, relevant, age appropriate way. And it’s great local schools can now win a copy of Monopoly-Swindon edition as an incentive to get them on board with pfeg.”
Robert Buckland added: “This is a great opportunity for Swindon schools to take advantage of a fantastic and important campaign.”