At Moneywise we believe that money lessons in primary schools should not be optional. So it’s fantastic news that some of the biggest investment and financial advice firms backed an industry initiative to get financial education on the primary school curriculum.
Columbia Threadneedle and Old Mutual Wealth, are among 16 savings and investment companies to have joined forces to back KickStart Money, a financial education programme for children. This will be delivered to schools by financial education charity MyBnk, which I spent a day with earlier this year.
Over the next three years, KickStart Money will attempt to reach 18,000 children from age 7 to 11 to encourage positive money managing attitudes by delivering sessions in schools. The project has also been awarded £80,000 by the Money Advice Service.
Sessions are free for schools so please urge your child’s or grandchild’s school to book via email@example.com.
Tisa, the cross-industry body which initiated the project, and the programme’s supporters, will also be lobbying for the inclusion of the programme in the primary school curriculum.