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Teaching enterprise skills and money management at primary level

It is never too young to begin teaching the skills of enterprise and money management. The programmes, resources and expertise of Young Enterprise are showing schools how...


How young is too young to begin teaching primary pupils about careers, money, and the personal skills they will need in the future?

While there are schemes in place in some primary schools to encourage young children to consider careers, it can feel very early in their lives to be discussing financial awareness and money management or indeed personal characteristics such as confidence, resilience, and self-esteem.

“We know children develop their values and attitudes towards money by the age of seven and they do that from learning from people around them,” explained Sharon Davies, chief executive of Young Enterprise.

“Not every child has someone at home who can shape positive attitudes and habits around finances, so there is a need to introduce financial education early on as a key skill.

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