Children and financial education: Challenges for developing financial capability in the classroom

Lindsey Appleyard, Karen Rowlingson

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Financial education is viewed by both policy makers and the public as an increasingly important tool for developing financially capable citizens in an era of increasing individual financial responsibility. This paper considers the recent history of school involvement in teaching financial education. It then draws on research undertaken in summer 2010 at two Birmingham primary schools to explore children's understandings of key financial issues. The paper concludes that there appears to be a groundswell of momentum behind making financial education a compulsory part of the National Curriculum, but, even if this happens, there will be challenges in delivering such education in practice. For example, the role of values in financial education makes it a contested subject and teachers will need training and support to deal with this. They will also need to be supported to deliver financial education in a way which recognises diversity and sensitivity issues in the classroom.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)507-520
Number of pages14
JournalSocial Policy and Society
Issue number4
Early online date20 Dec 2012
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2013


  • education policy
  • financial capability
  • Financial education
  • financial literacy
  • financial responsibility

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations


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