All primary schools can take part in LifeSavers by accessing the resources and materials on this site. In addition, we are able to offer free teaching training in 250 schools across the country, so please encourage your child’s school to get involved!
Interested schools can register their interest.
Many primary schools have good programmes of financial education in place, but this is not the case everywhere. Talk to your child’s teacher or the headteacher about what they do and encourage them to take part in LifeSavers.
You might find that your child’s school are doing quite a lot of teaching about money in the classroom and you can help your child by talking to them at home about how you manage money, about all the things you have to pay for and how you earn money or receive benefits to cover your expenditure. You might even be able to volunteer at the school and offer support with some particular expertise or experience of money that would support their financial education lessons.
If the school is running a savings club encourage your child to take part, saving just a small amount of money on a regular basis allows children to start developing their money habits and behaviours at an early age. You can use the opportunity to talk about savings goals - what might they want to save up for and why? As well as taking a practical approach to learning as they think about using and handling money regularly. If the school isn’t running a savings club, encourage them to think about setting one up!
Teaching money matters can be daunting for teachers who may feel that they lack the confidence and resources to do so. If you find that they are doing very little financial education, you could highlight how important it is that children are taught about using and handling money from an early age to help them develop positive financial habits and be able to make informed decisions about their future. Point them in the direction of this site and all of the resources and support that are on offer to help them teach financial education in school and how they can take part in LifeSavers.
Talking about and teaching about money can be a sensitive topic to tackle. Children come from a range of different backgrounds, and they bring this experience into their learning. In the classroom, they will be encouraged to share their opinions and listen respectfully to others, and through case studies and role-play they will learn to empathise with other people’s experiences. However, your right to privacy about such matters will always be respected by the teacher, who will not wish to delve into the details of your son or daughter’s personal financial circumstances.