Gavin Williamson, MP for South Staffordshire, virtually met with KickStart Money to discuss how to provide financial education to schools across South Staffordshire.
Gavin was joined by Co-Chair of KickStart Money, Jane Goodland, CEO of My Bnk, Guy Rigden and Katie Reade, an Account Manager for Tendo Consulting. The project is being carried out to educate children on financial concepts at St Mary’s Catholic Primary School in Brewood.
KickStart Money is a coalition of 19 major financial services firms with a mission to ensure every primary school aged child receives a high-quality and effective financial education. It was founded in response to research showing attitudes towards money are formed as early as seven and that habits and mind-sets formed at this age will have a significant impact on adult spending and saving decisions.
Gavin heard how KickStart Money aims to fill the current gap in financial education provision in UK primary schools and in the last three years has collectively donated over £1 million to fund financial education provision to almost 19,000 primary aged children.
Speaking of the meeting, Gavin said: “It was great to hear about the work that KickStart Money are doing with children not just in South Staffordshire, but across the country. It is important to give youngsters the opportunity to understand financial concepts and to prepare children for adult life.”
Jane Goodland, Co-Chair of KickStart Money, said: “It was great to meet with Gavin today to discuss the importance of teaching positive saving habits and attitudes towards money when mindsets are first formed. Kickstart Money has funded the delivery of financial education to almost 19,000 children but we believe every primary aged child should receive a high-quality and effective financial education. We look forward to working with the Department for Education to make this vision a reality.”