London Lead Teachers

pfeg was awarded funding by the London Schools Excellence Fund to develop 26 London Lead Teachers in financial education. These Lead Teachers took a strategic role in supporting colleagues in their own schools and those in neighboring schools to develop financial education, with a particular focus on increasing engagement and attainment in mathematics at Key Stage 3 and 4.

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The project
Duration: 
March 2014 to September 2015
Project brief: 
The Lead Teachers in Financial Education project was an innovative programme for mathematics teachers looking to enhance the engagement and attainment of students in mathematics, using personal finance as a context to learning.
The funding
Funder brief: 
The London Schools Excellence Fund (LSEF), part of the Mayor’s Education Programme, aims to raise achievement of pupils in London schools by focusing on teachers’ subject knowledge and subject specific teaching methods.

With the support of the London Schools Excellence Fund we delivered a Lead Teachers in Financial Education project which ran until September 2015.

The Lead Teachers project was an innovative programme for Secondary Mathematics teachers looking to enhance the engagement and attainment of students in mathematics, using personal finance as a context to learning.

We also facilitated two workshop/networking events for all Lead Teachers, where they shared experiences and best practice, with the aim of creating a London wide group of teachers specialist in delivering financial education through mathematics.

Education consultants provided direct in-school support for Lead Teachers, helping them integrate financial education into specific lessons and assessing the impact of this amongst their students.

In March '14, 12 Lead Teachers attended an initial training day where they considered the links between financial education and mathematics and explored ways that their schools could develop financial education through mathematics.

The teachers found the day extremely valuable and the training has further inspired them to develop financial education in their schools.

"I'm so excited about the project, there's endless possibilities. The day has got me thinking about doing the things I've always wanted to do". Lead Teacher, Oaks Park Primary School

The Lead Teachers in Financial Education project supported schools to:

  •     prepare for the changes to the mathematics curriculum for September 2014
  •     increase the knowledge and skills of their students in personal finance
  •     raise engagement and attainment of Key Stage 3&4 students in mathematics
  •     develop creative assessment techniques within mathematics

Following successful trialing, Lead Teachers were then supported by an education consultant to disseminate practice and experience to colleagues both in their own school and within neighboring schools.

Ongoing support is also offered to all teachers involved in the project though the ASKpfeg advisory service, online support and provision of high quality resources.