Lifesavers – Helping children manage money

A free national teacher training offer, supporting primary schools to help children and their families learn about money.

LifeSavers is a financial education programme for primary schools, helping children and their families manage money wisely.

LifeSavers is a partnership between the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Just Finance Foundation and Young Enterprise, with financial support from Virgin Money and the Government


Training Dates and Times

Dates: 29 June 2017
Times: 9.30am – 12.30pm
Venue: Altrincham Grammar School for Girls

Closing date for all applications is 2 weeks prior to the start of the course



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Suitable for

Teachers in mainstream primary schools.

Programme structure

LifeSavers offers a free and comprehensive set of classroom and collective worship resources, along with CPD training in how to develop a whole school approach to financial education. Advice on setting up a school savings club and ideas for engaging parents are designed to give children a practical experience of handling money and ensure that positive messages about money are reinforced at home.

In England, financial education can feature in mathematics and non-statutory programmes of study for Personal, Social, Health and Economic education (PSHE) at Key Stages 1 and 2.

As well as developing numeracy skills, pupils should be encouraged to explore their attitudes to money so they understand what drives the choices they make. Our values-based approach to financial education seeks to cultivate a wise, thankful, generous, and just attitude to money, as well as knowledge and skills in managing personal finances.

We hope that LifeSavers will help your school to deliver a coherent, tailored programme of financial education, using all of the opportunities the curriculum provides for developing children’s financial capability.

Course aims

The core aims of the programme are to:

  • Develop pupils’ social and moral thinking around money
  • Integrate a whole school approach to financial education
  • Discover the benefits of practical and experiential money learning
  • Explore a whole community approach to saving and money management