North Wiltshire MP James Gray has called on local schools to take part in My Money Week (3 to 9 June), giving pupils the chance to learn more about money and personal finance.
“I strongly encourage all primary and secondary schools across North Wiltshire to take part in this fantastic event. There has never been a better time to take steps locally to ensure that young people are given every opportunity to improve their financial skills, knowledge and confidence.” said Mr Gray.
“I am delighted to support the new partnership between pfeg (Personal Finance Education Group) and Barclayes, which means that My Money Week can return for its fifth year, and I urge teachers from across Wiltshire to pre-order their free My Money Week Activity Packs at www.pfeg.org/mymoneyweek”
Tracey Bleakley, Chief Executive of pfeg said: “We are absolutely delighted to have the support of James Gray MP in promoting My Money Week this year, and I hope all schools in North Wiltshire will seize the opportunity to take part through our free activity pack, advice and support.”
My Money Week 2013 will also raise awareness of Barclays’ flagship UK community programme, Barclays Money Skills, and provide opportunities for Barclays employees to share their financial expertise and skills with young people in teacher-led My Money Week activities in local schools. In addition, this year will see extra resources targeted towards disadvantaged young people in both the school environment and the wider community.
Ashok Vaswani, CEO UK and Retail Business Banking at Barclays, said: “It has never been more important for young people, particularly those who are vulnerable, to be able to access the support they need to learn about money. Having sound financial skills and being confident in managing money is critical to everyday living and achieving future goals.”
Since the first My Money Week in 2009, more than three million young people have been helped to understand more about money and personal finance through focused activities in schools. In 2012 around 500,000 young people took part in My Money Week activities, with 99 per cent of teachers reporting an increase in skills and knowledge, and 91 per cent of teachers reporting a shift in students’ attitudes towards money.