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Values-based financial education

LifeSavers is a national, financial education programme for primary schools, equipping children with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to manage money well. In an increasingly complex financial world, it is more important than ever that we develop children's financial capability from a young age, in order to prepare them for the opportunities and challenges that money brings in life.

LifeSavers offers a free and comprehensive set of classroom and collective worship resources, along with CPD training in how to develop a whole school approach to financial education. Advice on setting up a school savings club and ideas for engaging parents are designed to give children a practical experience of handling money and ensure that positive messages about money are reinforced at home.

In England, financial education can feature in mathematics and non-statutory programmes of study for Personal, Social, Health and Economic education (PSHE) at Key Stages 1 and 2.

As well as developing numeracy skills, pupils should be encouraged to explore their attitudes to money so they understand what drives the choices they make. Our values-based approach to financial education seeks to cultivate a wise, thankful, generous, and just attitude to money, as well as knowledge and skills in managing personal finances.

We hope that LifeSavers will help your school to deliver a coherent, tailored programme of financial education, using all of the opportunities the curriculum provides for developing children's financial capability.

Classroom resources

Five Big Questions About Money enables pupils to explore where money comes from, how it makes us feel, what we can use money for, how it can be used to help others, and how we look after it.

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Assembly resources

Values for LifeSavers is a complementary set of materials for use in collective worship or school assemblies, exploring our relationship with money through the lens of four core values: generosity, wisdom, thankfulness and justice.

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Whole community approach

Find out how to engage families and the wider community in children's financial education, so that they are learning about money at home, as well as at school.

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