Just a quick personal note. After years of campaigning, pushing an e-petition to get a debate in the Commons, working with Justin Tomlinson MP and the All Party Group to bully ministers (thanks to Liz Truss for listening) to get financial education on the national curriculum in England, today feels like a step change.
I’m off to speak at the Pfeg centre of excellence conference to the first generation of teachers who’ll teach financial education as part of the compulsory curriculum. To finally be doing something practical rather than political on this is a delight. (Hurrah!)
From next September, the subject will be taught as ‘financial numeracy’ as part of maths and ‘attitudes to money and debt’ as part of citizenship.
Both are compulsory subjects, meaning every child in every school that has to follow the curriculum will start to understand how the competitive consumer economy they’ll be launched into works.
This isn’t the end of the campaign, though. It’s just the end of the first step.
There are still around 50% of schools which don’t follow the curriculum. Now it’s important that parents, teachers and pupils in those schools speak to headteachers about why this is so important, and should be taught in their school.
Related info and past blogs
- It’s official: Financial education compulsory in schools
- MPs say vulnerable under-25s need more help
- Three money lessons I’ll teach my daughter
- Do your kids go to an academy school? I’ve a job for you
- Not even a mention, Mr Gove?