Financial education charity pfeg (Personal Finance Education Group) is to team up with the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) to help those teaching and coordinating Citizenship education with the transition to the new National Curriculum for England.  The move follows the recent confirmation of financial education’s place in the new programmes of study for Citizenship education at Key Stages 3 and 4 from this September.

The partnership will enable pfeg in conjunction with the CISI to produce and disseminate new guidance for teachers on how to deliver the new financial literacy requirements of the Citizenship programme of study, and successfully incorporate financial education into their Citizenship teaching.  This free resource, to be published in early Summer, will be fully linked to the new National Curriculum programmes of study and will be produced using the expertise gained from pfeg’s 14 years of supporting teachers in schools across the UK.

In addition, the resource will include classroom activities and links to other elements of financial education taught in mathematics and PSHE education.  It will be developed with the help of an Advisory Group being established by pfeg, incorporating representatives from across the Citizenship teaching community with whom the charity is working closely to support teachers in the run up to September’s changes.

Tracey Bleakley, chief executive of pfeg (Personal Finance Education Group), said:

“Financial education’s new place at the heart of Citizenship education from this September is a golden opportunity to improve financial capability in the UK.  Sitting alongside our existing free resources, advice and support, we hope this new guidance will prove invaluable to teachers of Citizenship education as they begin to make plans for next year.  We are extremely pleased to be working in partnership with CISI to support Citizenship teachers with this transition.”

Ruth Martin, CISI Managing Director said:

“The CISI is firmly committed to enabling young people to understand the world of money which affects every one of us. We are delighted to be partnering with pfeg on this important initiative, supporting teachers delivering Citizenship education throughout the UK to improve financial capability for Key Stages 3 and 4. It is our aim to work closely with pfeg to help produce a resource for teachers which will inform, engage and educate students as the future generation of financial services consumers.”

Financial education’s place in the new National Curriculum for England, in Key Stage 3 mathematics and Key Stage 3 and 4 Citizenship educations was confirmed by the Department for Education in September 2013.  The move follows years of campaigning by MPs and Peers in the All Party Parliamentary Group on Financial Education for Young People, pfeg and’s Martin Lewis.

Last year pfeg partnered with NatWest to launch ‘Introducing Financial Mathematics’ – a new resource to support mathematics teachers with the new National Curriculum’s financial education elements in the secondary mathematics programmes of study.  After a highly positive reception to this resource, the charity’s new partnership with CISI aims to support Citizenship teachers in the same way.

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