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IFA SOS for financial lessons in schools

Bayley: ‘Resources needed’
Bayley: ‘Resources needed’

An IFA firm is to launch a financial education teaching programme it hopes can be rolled out in secondary schools and is calling on businesses to support the venture.

The Sponsor Our Schools campaign has been set up by Cumbria-based True Bearing IFA Julie Bayley alongside independent education provider AB Curriculum. It hopes to have a secondary school programme completed by the summer.

She says the scheme will offer a better financial education. She says: “As an IFA and a mum, I am appalled at the lack of financial education in our schools.”

The course will be called The Leaky Bucket and Bayley hopes it could become part of the GCSE and A Level curriculum.

Businesses are being asked to sponsor the scheme because schools do not have the resources to teach it. Bayley says: “Schools cannot afford to purchase these resources even though they are desperately needed. We are therefore sending out an SOS to companies and in particular the financial services sector”.

ABC has already developed an action-based learning programme for primary schools called Money Maths.

Nsure director and PFS volunteer of the year Tony Cohen says: “Anything happening in schools that promotes teaching financial services is an absolute speciality, it should definitely be part of the curriculum.”

In January, over 120 MPs formed an all-party Parliam- entary group supporting com- pulsory financial education in schools.

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