The Money Charity have helped 200,000 young people through financial education workshops. They reached the milestone today at a workshop in Barnsley.

Delivering financial education to young people has never been more essential as negotiating the world of money and personal finance remains a confusing, intimidating prospect for people of all ages.

Being on top of your finances can reduce stress and hardship. The subject was officially added to the Curriculum in 2014, but many schools still lack the resources and confidence to deliver it themselves.

The Money Charity meets this need through its Young People Programmes Team, who provide free, direct delivery of financial education in schools, colleges and other settings throughout England, Northern Ireland and Wales.

Since 2010, Money Workshops have been inspiring, engaging and educating thousands of young people on how to manage their money well throughout their lives. Multiple modules and subjects are available, tailored to KS3, KS4 and Post-16 age groups, all of which are interactive, engaging and fun, with plenty of discussion and activities for all learning types.

Many students and teachers report that they appreciate the ‘external expert’ factor, especially when broaching a subject still seen as ‘taboo’ by many.

The workshops are fully independent and impartial, with no promotion of brands or products, as The Money Charity believes giving people everything they need to make the best financial decisions for themselves and their families is key.

The workshops are proven effective as, when surveyed, more than 90% of pupils state that theyfound sessions valuable, useful and believed they had learnt something new.

A solid grounding in practical, robust financial education helps young people to learn and develop the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours they will need to negotiate life, and especially the big decisions which will so easily shape their coming years.

“We are thrilled to reach this very exciting milestone, a major achievement and significant day for The Money Charity’s work with young people,” said Stephanie Fitzgerald, Head of Young People Programmes at The Money Charity. “We’re therefore delighted to be joining with the pupils and staff at Darton Academy to mark the occasion and celebrate with plenty of cake!

“However even within our celebration, we know that there is still so much more to do and many more young people who need, and will benefit from, this input. Getting financially educated is an essential life skill for all, but a particularly important one for younger people at an age when many first encounter having their own money, or looking towards some of the major decisions which will affect the rest of their lives.

“We believe that managing money well is possible for everyone and that finances should be seen as a positive in our lives, helping us towards achieving our goals. Being able to offer these workshops to schools and colleges for free is a key aspect of our work and so we encourage any companies and organisations interested in supporting our work to get in touch.”

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