MP urges local children to ‘get money smart’

WP_20131206_011Mark Reckless, MP for Rochester and Strood, has called for local 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.  Every primary and secondary school in Rochester and Strood has been sent free Get Money Smart posters and teaching materials by national charity pfeg (Personal Finance Education Group), which wants to get children talking about money in the classroom.

The charity’s Get Money Smart posters – for children aged up to seven, 11, 14 and 16 – are designed to encourage classroom discussions about things children can do to learn more 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.

Schools in Rochester and Strood are being encouraged to hold discussions with their pupils over 4 things the posters suggest they can do to learn about money – with the 5th being left up to each class to decide.  Ideas for the 5th activity can then be shared with other classes across the country on Twitter using the #5thingstodo hashtag.

Mark Reckless MP has thrown his weight behind the effort as a way of helping young people in Rochester and Strood to gain the vital skills and knowledge they will need to manage their personal finances throughout their lives.  The move follows news that after years of campaigning by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Financial Education for Young People, pfeg and MoneySavingExpert.com’s Martin Lewis, financial education will be taught in secondary schools as part of the National Curriculum from September 2014.

Mark Reckless MP said:

“The Personal Finance Education Group do excellent work nationwide to help support financial education. I hope schools and students will engage with their campaign to encourage learning about responsible financial management.”

Tracey Bleakley, chief executive of pfeg (Personal Finance Education Group), said:

“We are thrilled to have the support of Mark Reckless MP for this free new scheme for primary and secondary schools in Rochester and Strood.  I hope all local schools will seize the opportunity to use their Get Money Smart posters to bring money to life in the classroom.  This is a crucial topic that every young person should learn.  Getting pupils talking about money and the financial decisions they will face in the future is a great way to start.”

The campaign has been made possible through a personal donation to pfeg from MoneySavingExpert.com’s Martin Lewis, which has enabled the charity to send free copies of the Get Money Smart posters and teaching resources to primary and secondary schools in the Rochester and Strood area and across the country.

For further information, visit the Personal Finance Education Group website – Click Here

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