STAFFORDSHIRE Moorlands MP Karen Bradley is encouraging local schools to put on money lessons this June to give their pupils a head-start in financial education before it becomes a compulsory part of the new National Curriculum in September.
The move comes in advance of this year's My Money Week, June 9 to 15, run by national financial education charity pfeg (Personal Finance Education Group).
Mrs Bradley, pictured, said: "I have always thought that it is important for children to learn the basics of budgeting so that they will be financially literate by the time they reach adulthood.
"We need to do everything we can to encourage saving and prevent people from building up unmanageable debts, and money lessons are a very good way to start, so I will be writing to all the schools in the Moorlands encouraging them to make use of the available resources."
Every primary and secondary school in Staffordshire Moorlands is being given the chance to take part in My Money Week. This year it will be themed around current affairs, challenging young people to improve their financial skills, knowledge and confidence through topical lessons and activities on personal finance.
pfeg is offering teachers in the Moorlands free online resources, advice and training to help plan their activities. Find out more about My Money Week at www.pfeg.org/mymoneyweek.