The Kids Aren’t Alright: Just 40% Taught Money Skills at School
Just one in four children aged between seven and 17 have received lessons in basic money management despite it being part of the national curriculum, new Money Advice Service research reveals.
The study, part of Financial Capability Week, shows nine in ten young people who have actually had financial education lessons found them useful.
There are issues at home too, with two in five parents not confident talking to their children about money, and even fewer (1 in 3) actively engaging their kids with the household finances. This is despite three quarters of children talking to their parents about money.
The need for more financial education
The Money Advice Service surveyed 16 and 17 year olds as part of the study, and found many are lacking the experiences needed once they leave home. A third have never put money into a bank account and two in five don’t even have a current account.
There’s a lack of confidence too. Only 43% of 12-17 year olds felt confident managing their money. The rest are less likely to shop around and save money – good financial habits to have in adult life.
Financial education at school vs at home
With only 7% of children talking to teachers about money, but three quarters talking to their parents on the topic, there’s certainly a gap in knowledge that could be filled by mum and dad.
Yet part of the problem is parents themselves aren’t confident with money. Half (50%) do not save regularly, 44% say they don’t feel confident managing their money and 68% say they find keeping up with their credit commitments and bills a burden.
David Haigh, Director of Financial Capability at the Money Advice Service, said: “In order to find a lasting solution to the problem of the UK’s stubbornly low levels financial capability, we need to help parents be better role models, build their confidence in speaking to their children about these matters and support schools to deliver effective financial education.”
What can parents do?
Whatever the age of your child there are activities you can complete together that will help frame how they think about money, from getting young children familiar with notes, coins and cards, through to giving teenagers responsibility for their lunch.
How we support financial education
At NorthStar, we believe that financial education lies at the heart of any good financial system and learning about money is crucial for everyone. That’s why we support MyBnk. My Bank are a fantastic charity who help promote financial education and awareness to kids and young people in schools and local communities across the UK.
We’re also proud to support Financial Capability Week by offering free 30-minute ‘Money Talk’ sessions. These sessions are a great way for people to find out anything they have ever wanted to know about money and talk to an expert Chartered Financial Planner.
If you would like to talk about any of the issues in this article or need more general help with your finances, please get in touch with us.