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Financial capability resources for teachers

There are many ways schools can include financial capability as a context for delivering the National Curriculum. In this section, you will find links to a variety of resources to support financial capability teaching and learning.

Some learning areas such as social sciences, maths and English lend themselves particularly well to financial capability themed learning. Opportunities to explore links across learning areas should be explored. Financial capability also provides an authentic context for developing and exploring key competencies and values.

Online resources

NZ web resources

Financial literacy tools:

ANZ – MoneyMinded

ASB schools programme

Westpac bank – Money skills

Financial literacy programmes:

ASB GetWise ­– financial literacy for kids educational programme
This programme is delivered free to primary and intermediate schools.

Free workshops to high schools across the Auckland and Waikato regions, and the provision of information and resources for students.

Online financial literacy resource for New Zealand teachers teaching financial literacy to primary school students in years 7 and 8. Free to schools. 

Sorted in Schools
Created by the Commission for Financial Capability, Sorted in Schools is New Zealand's first nationwide financial education capability programme that is aligned to the New Zealand curriculum. It is being developed as an online programme across secondary year levels, and follows the same topics as Sorted, but suitable from year 9 upwards with resources including interactive PDFs, think linkers and question generators. The content is available by learning area (maths/statistics, digital technology, social sciences and English) and resources are designed to have several points of entry for both teachers and students. The pedagogical approaches Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and SOLO Taxonomy underpin the design and the resources are suitable for teacher or student-led learning.

Westpac bank ­– Managing your money
Online tutorials for better money management at any stage.

Other financial literacy recources:

Building conceptual understandings in the social sciences: Taking part in economic communities (PDF 2.4MB)
This text is about providing ways to develop students' financial literacy in the context of a social sciences learning programme. The activities emphasise the values and perspectives that influence financial and economic decision-making.

Career Services
This section from Careers website shows the impact of qualifications on earnings. It provides information about occupations that are the highest and lowest earners, and compares employee earnings by occupation.

Commission for Financial Capability
Access education resources for schools, articles, the National Strategy for Financial Literacy, and related frameworks.

Consumer Protection resources for schools
These resources support The New Zealand Curriculum’s vision for young people to be informed decision-makers who can actively contribute to the social and economic wellbeing of New Zealand.

Education for Enterprise
The Education for Enterprise (E4E) section of this website explores how schools can develop an enterprising approach to teaching and learning. It provides resources and unit plans based on enterprising activities.

Inland Revenue Department
Provides links to income tax rates for individuals. Useful for teachers, senior primary and secondary students when seeking tax information.

This site provides listings of all retail interest rates on offer in New Zealand and includes call and savings accounts, term deposits, credit cards, and home mortgages.

Useful for teachers developing their own personal financial understanding or with upper primary and secondary when looking at financial planning.

Reserve Bank – Financial education
This section of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand's website describes what money is, what cash or currency is, how New Zealand's bank notes are designed and made, and the life cycle of a typical bank note. It also looks at the design and security features of our bank notes and coins, and the history of currency in New Zealand. A useful resource for classes creating their own school or class currency for their simulation games.

Created by the Commission for Financial Capability, Sorted is New Zealand's free independent money guide. It's full of calculators and information to help manage personal finances throughout life. This site is easy to navigate and includes guides to managing debt, saving, setting goals and managing your money, investments, mortgages, Kiwisaver and retirement. Aimed at teachers but also suitable for upper primary and above. Printed booklets can be ordered in either English or te reo.

Trade Aid – Trade justice resource
This resource supports teachers and students to explore the economic world, and trade in particular. It takes a concept and issues-based approach to considering people’s participation in trade relationships, and the challenges of economic disparity. 

Tax education and citizenship
This level 4–5 social studies resource focuses on young people's participation in, and contribution to society through the taxes they pay now and in the future. It supports students to understand what tax is, what it is used for, and how all citizens are involved. 

The New Zealand Association of Citizens Advice Bureau
Provides information, advice, advocacy and support to individuals about managing finances. Services are free impartial and confidential.

The New Zealand Maths Curriculum website
Contains useful resources particularly in the Number, Algebra and Measurement strands.

Shopping for savings

Money matters

Money and percentage

Rounding numbers also in Te Reo

For further resources, search for financial, money, budget or other keywords relating to the Financial Capability Progressions. 

The Real Game
The Real Game is a career education resource designed for students in years 9 and 10. It introduces students to the world of work and helps them to develop an understanding of the options and opportunities available to them and the implications and importance of their choices. It uses elements of role-play, group work, and individual investigation to help students develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes they will need to assess and make decisions about further education and training and career options.

Young Enterprise Trust
Young Enterprise Trust offers a range of enterprise programme and financial literacy resources to schools throughout New Zealand. Financial literacy resources are available for primary students (including board games, story books, units of work) and secondary students (PFM unit standards packages, KiwiSaver package, board games, 2-term and full year units). All electronic resources are free for teachers to download.

Australian web resources

Australian Securities and Investments Commission - MoneySmart teaching
Developed by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), MoneySmart Teaching provides professional and personal learning programmes and resources for teaching and learning to build the capacity of people to better understand and manage their money. There is information about building financial skills and knowledge related to budgeting, saving, credit and its use, debt control, investing, superannuation, getting financial advice and looking out for scams and insurance.

Tony Ryan
Tony Ryan’s website provides links to his Thinker’s Keys and other resources which can be used to develop problem solving and complex thinking skills.

UK web resources

Young Money (formerly pfeg)
Supports the teaching of financial literacy. Aimed at ages 4 to 19. The site contains links to several resources including video clips, downloadable print and material for pupils, teachers, and parents to support planning and teaching personal finance. Activities are based around supporting resources which match the UK currency and banking systems but could be adapted to NZ currency and systems.

Teen cash class
ITV's Tonight programme proposed a challenge: take a class of ordinary teenagers for one day and turn them into junior Money Saving Experts. 

US web resources

Seven financial literacy apps for students
Mobile apps and games to teach children (and adults) about spending, saving, loans, investments, and other aspects of personal finance. 

Teen merchant and entrepreneur resources: Business, finance, and economics
Online resources for teachers and students in business, finance, and economics from Wells Fargo Bank, CA.

Interactive games

Celebrity Calamity
Celebrity Calamity is a game where you become the financial manager for three up and coming celebrities who spend beyond their means.

Online personal finance game
A US based game developed for middle school and high school students. This online game gives students the chance to learn personal finance skills as they play with classmates to help people in financial difficulty.

The Secret Millionaires’ Club
An animated series featuring Warren Buffett as mentor to a group of entrepreneurial kids whose adventures lead them to encounter and solve financial and business problems. Each webisode has teaching resources to go with it.

Updated on: 08 Oct 2017