Money matters for city schoolchildren

Schoolchildren learn about money during My Money Week.
Schoolchildren learn about money during My Money Week.

Pupils at every school in Lancaster and the surrounding area are being given the opportunity to learn more about money and personal finance during the sixth annual My Money Week, run by financial education charity Personal Finance Education Group.

This year the aim of the Week, which will run from June 9 to 15, is to give schoolchildren in Lancaster and across the country a head-start in financial education before these vital life skills become a compulsory part of the new National Curriculum from September.

Last year local schools including Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School, Bowerham Community Primary School and Dowdales School took part in the week by organising financial education activities for their pupils.

Other schools in and around Lancaster are being urged to join them this June to make this year’s My Money Week the biggest yet in the local area.

My Money Week 2014 will give teachers the opportunity to improve the financial skills, knowledge and confidence of their pupils using topical news stories and current affairs to bring the subject to life.

To help them do this, teachers in Lancaster will have access to pfeg’s free My Money Week online resources and training, full of creative and engaging activities and ideas for how to deliver financial education to young people, from the age of four right up to 19.

Tracey Bleakley, PFEG chief executive, said: “Last year My Money Week helped 1.3 million young people across the country learn more about managing money – something that we know is going to be so important to their life prospects in the future.

“I hope that every school in and around Lancaster will get involved in My Money Week this year, using our free support and resources.

“From this September, after years of campaigning, financial education will finally become a compulsory part of the National Curriculum in maintained secondary schools. This means that this year’s My Money Week gives teachers at both primary and secondary level an ideal opportunity to give their pupils a head start in learning these vital life skills.”

Teachers can register their interest in this year’s My Money Week by emailing or visiting