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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.

Print resources

OECD/INFE Core Competencies Framework on Financial Literacy for Youth (PDF 981KB)
This document discusses the objectives and key components of the Core Competencies Framework on Financial Literacy for Youth developed by the OECD International Network on Financial Education (OECD/INFE). It describes the basic level of financial literacy that is likely to be needed by all young people between the ages of 15 and 18 to fully and safely participate in economic and financial life. 

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.

Financial Literacy Figure It Out
This series is an excellent resource for subject based and integrated units. Each level has individual student booklets and a teachers’ guide that can be downloaded. The student books have interesting activities, an attractive layout, and are accessible to students with teacher guidance. The teachers’ guide provides explanations of financial understandings and suggested sequences, copy masters of useful templates, and a glossary.

The Real cost of Pets Levels 2–3

Saving For a Holiday Level 3

Granny’s Gift Level 3–4

Young Entrepreneurs Level 4–4+

The tale of Tortoise Buffett and Trader Hare
Lucas Remmerswaal has created a series of children's books about 'the habits of a billionaire for kids to learn all about the “Good Habits of Warren Buffett”, one of the richest men in America. Buffett has donated 99% of his wealth to philanthropy and is encouraging other billionaires to also give at least 50% of their wealth away to charitable giving.'

Goals, Investment, Retirement, Saving, Budgeting, Kiwisaver, Managing debt, Sorted guide and Your money in Retirement
These free booklets can be downloaded as PDFs or ordered through the Commission for Financial Capability's Sorted website. These booklets are helpful to support teachers’ own financial capability or as teaching resources.

Money Management
Practical advice and activities will enhance students' ability to deal with everything from pocket money to business earnings. This resource provides a tool for helping students think about how they can manage what money they have, or will have. Aimed at primary students. (Jocelyn Hadley-Buxton, Essential Resources Education Publishers Ltd, 2004.)

Open–ended Problem Solving
A three book series aimed at lower, middle, and upper primary students. It provides teachers with a bank of meaningful and challenging mathematics activities. Students are encouraged to employ a variety of strategies to solve problems. (Harry O’Brien, Teaching Solutions.)

PrEP CD and manual from Young Enterprise Trust
Provides a range of useful resources, particularly the Money side of life game.

Teach Like Your Hair’s on Fire: The Methods and Madness inside Room 56
Outlines a class economic system. (Rafe Esquith, Viking Penguin, 2007.)

Teaching Complex Thinking
This book explains the notion of complex thinking and provides a range of structures and strategies that will enable and encourage students to be better thinkers. Sample activities to assist teachers in their own planning and programming have been included. (Michael Pohl, Hawker Brownlow Education, 2000.)

Your Money Personality
Useful for teacher content knowledge and to support school professional development sessions. (Liz Koh, Awa Press, 2008.)

Instructional Series
The instructional series offers a range of texts related to financial capability.  

Updated on: 08 Oct 2017


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