Local MP encourages kids to Get Money Smart

January 22, 2014 2:36 PM
T om Brake, MP for Carshalton and Wallington, has called on local schools to get their pupils talking and learning about money, as part of a new campaign to help improve the financial capability of young people.
Every primary and secondary school in Carshalton and Wallington has been sent free 'Get Money Smart' posters and teaching materials by the national charity pfeg (Personal Finance Education Group).
The materials aim to encourage classroom discussions about things children can do to learn more about money and personal finance, like checking your change, estimating the cost of weekly shopping or budgeting for a trip.
Tom commented: "'Get Money Smart!' is a must for all local schools. It helps emphasise the importance of financial responsibility from a young age and builds the skills children need to ensure a secure financial future."
"It is crucial that young people leave school with the knowledge, skills and confidence to manage their money well. This is why, from September 2014, all children will benefit from financial education introduced to the national curriculum by the Government."
Tracey Bleakley, Chief Executive of pfeg (Personal Finance Education Group), said: "We are thrilled to have the support of Tom for this free new scheme for primary and secondary schools in Carshalton and Wallington."
"Getting pupils talking about money and the financial decisions they will face in the future is very necessary."
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 Carshalton and Wallington area and across the country.
For more information go to http://www.pfeg.org/get-money-smart. Alternatively schools may contact Tom Brake atinfo@tombrake.co.uk to ask for posters and materials for pupils to use.
Tom Brake with one of the Get Money Smart campaign posters.

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