Jenny Willott MP backs campaign to get local school children talking and learning about money

November 27, 2013 4:07 PM

Jenny at a desk

Jenny Willott, Liberal Democrat MP for Cardiff Central, 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 Cardiff Central has been sent free Get Money Smart posters (see attached) and teaching materials by national charity pfeg (Personal Finance Education Group), which wants to get children talking about money in the classroom.

The posters 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.

Jenny Willott MP said:

"Everybody needs to be able to look after their personal finances, whether you're an entrepreneur building a business, a stay-at-home mum feeding a family or a teenager planning a trip to a festival. It is absolutely essential that we equip young people with the skills and knowledge they will need to handle their personal finances throughout their lives, so I am very excited about this new initiative to get schools talking about money management."

Tracey Bleakley, chief executive of pfeg, said:

"We are thrilled to have the support of Jenny Willott MP for this free new scheme for primary and secondary schools in Cardiff Central. 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."

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