The Commission is committed to helping reach young people with financial education. Teaching personal finance in the classroom can be demanding so we have developed useful resources for teachers and students to help bring this important skill to life.
Junior Cycle - Money Matters
These resources, which will be available shortly, are designed to make learning experiences engaging and interactive and will help students to develop a healthy relationship with money and gain the skills and knowledge to make informed financial decisions in their future.
Junior Cycle - Money Matters will provide lesson plans, resource materials, projects and assessments to support the teaching of this valuable life skill. Starting the conversation about money early in a child’s life is important and key in contributing to financial inclusion. Money Matters has been developed for junior cycle students (12 to 15 year olds), but it can also be used by parents or those working with children/young adults. All of the materials are free and independent. Lessons have been designed to be adaptable so that lessons can be tailored for the students’/teachers’ needs.
The Commission supports 'Taking Charge', which is module 6 of the Leaving Certificate Applied Social Education course. The Commission has developed a personal finance resource called ‘Money Matters’ which consists of lesson plans, student worksheets and case studies.
During 2007 the National Steering Group on Financial Education conducted an Audit of Personal Finance Resources available in Ireland. The submissions to the audit were grouped into 4 categories:
- Primary level resources
- Second level resources
- Resources for further education and
- Tailored resources.
Due to the constantly developing area of personal finance education, this was not a comprehensive audit, but a snapshot in time. You can find the education resources, from this audit, which are still in use here.