The Ministry of Education is responsible for financial literacy in New Zealand schools. We support the Ministry's work and the development of quality financial education resources for use in schools.
Financial capability in the NZ curriculum
Financial capability is highlighted in the New Zealand Curriculum as an example of the type of theme that schools could use for effective cross-curricular teaching and learning programmes.
The Financial Capability Progressions toolkit (FCP toolkit) provides resources at all levels for schools and teachers to use when integrating financial capability across the school curriculum.
The resources were developed collaboratively by the education sector and the Ministry of Education with support from the Commission and other organisation such as the Young Enterprise Trust, and the Massey Fin-Ed Centre.
See Financial capability in the curriculum at the Ministry of Education's New Zealand Curriculum Online website.
The Sorted schools blog brings you up to date with news about financial initiatives in schools and provider links to resources being used by teachers.
See Sorted schools on the Sorted website.
Aorere College financial literacy resources
Aorere College developed resources for a pilot financial literacy programme which had Year 10 students rotating through different modules on money topics like income, spending and budgeting, in December 2013.
Download the resources from the Sorted website.
Watch a video clip of student feedback on YouTube.
Taking Part in Economic Communities
As part of the Building Conceptual Understandings in the Social Sciences (BCUSS) series, Taking Part in Economic Communities provides teachers with methods to develop their students’ financial literacy within the context of social sciences and addresses the fact that children begin making financial decisions as soon as they have access to money.
This resource, published in November 2012, was developed by the Ministry of Education in partnership with the Commission and Learning Media and is the Ministry's first financial literacy resource for social sciences.
Figure It Out
Figure It Out is a series of mathematics curriculum support books in full colour designed to supplement existing classroom mathematics programmes. The series is an important component of the literacy and numeracy strategy that focuses on clarifying the expectations for learners' progress and achievement, and developing teacher professional capability. Each book is accompanied by Answers and Teachers' Notes.
See Figure It Out on the Ministry of Education website.
Read case studies of financial literacy activities or programmes in schools.
Primary and intermediate schools
Learning money lessons in the game of life – Tawa Intermediate
Investing in their future – Howick College
Learning financial literacy for life – Cambridge High School
Financial education in schools – International lessons in good practice
Financial literacy teaching strategies
Get classroom ideas for teaching financial literacy across the curriculum.