Enriching initial teacher training - our work to date

Through its What Money Means project, pfeg has piloted working with trainee primary teachers at Edge Hill and Roehampton universities.

Designed specifically for trainee teachers, seminars used the innovative and creative tools developed through the What Money Means project. Students and teacher mentors were also given one-to-one support throughout their school placements to enhance the personal finance education in schools.

Through working with and supporting trainee teachers, in the universities and through to their eventual teaching placements, pfeg has been able to adapt and refine its approach to Initial Teacher Training (ITT); collecting valuable evidence to suggest this is one of the most effective ways to raise the profile of personal finance education in schools.

Next steps

Following the successful pilot of this work, we are grateful to HSBC for funding further work in colleges and universities - read more.

Watch our films showing work with trainee teachers

Evidence of the techniques that work well and the benefits of personal finance education in Initial Teacher Training have been collated into a film: 

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Testimonals of pfeg's work with trainee teachers

“Work on personal finance management… translates into interesting and enriching experiences for the trainees.”
Ofsted report on Roehampton University 2011

“The way the trainees have developed project work on personal finance education has been outstanding.”
Greg Parker, Assistant Head of Primary and Early Years Education,  Edge Hill University

“What Money Means has inspired and motivated our primary PGCE students across the age phases and it has given them ideas for engaging children with effective and innovative teaching and learning strategies.”
Tessa Willy, Primary Programme Convenor, Roehampton University

“I was very sceptical at first but I am 110% behind children being taught personal finance. It is so valuable and I have found it easy to drop it into the creative curriculum.”
Jennifer van Zyl, trainee teacher at Edge Hill University

“It’s about the basic right of children to be financially capable in today’s world.”
Claire Roberts, a trainee teacher at Roehampton University