Young People

In this section you’ll find free educational resources aimed at developing children’s understanding of key financial principles and equipping them with the tools they'll need to responsibly interact with the world of finance as they enter adulthood. The materials will also help you as a school demonstrate proficiency in financial capability in accordance with Ofsted's 'Developing financially capable young people' report.

The section includes videos, beginner guides, multiple choice questions and access to the Money Diaries series of school books.

The Money Diaries series of financial literacy guides, produced in partnership with Southlands School, Chorley, is available to school children throughout the UK and aims to explore key financial concepts, such as affordability, appropriateness and consequence of borrowing, packaged as enjoyable children's stories.

If you'd like more information about the Money Diaries project (click here to see what others have said about Money Diaries) or would like to order hardcopies of the books, please email Andrea Hoole at andrea.hoole@debtadvicefoundation.org alternativley call 01254 778404.

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Beginner's Guide To Debt

Debt Advice Foundation's Practical guide to debt aims to foster a responsible attitude to borrowing and saving money amongst schoolchildren and young adults by exploring key financial concepts.

Download the Beginner's Guide to Debt
Beginner's Guide To Debt Video

This introduction to debt video, aimed at schoolchildren aged 9 to 12, asks what debt is, whether all debt is bad and explores how to avoid the pitfalls of unmanageable debt.

Watch the Beginner's Guide To Debt

Beginner's Guide To Managing Money

The Debt Advice Foundation's practical guide to managing money contains basic hints and tips on how to manage money responsibly. The guide, which is aimed at schoolchildren and young adults, covers a wide range of subjects from the differences between a savings account and a current account to Direct Debits and when it might be appropriate to use a credit card.

Download the Beginner's Guide To Managing Money
Beginner's Guide To Money Management Video

This Introduction to Money Management video, aimed at schoolchildren aged 9 to 12, explores the key concepts of saving and budgeting and helps to lay the foundations of good personal finance practice.

Watch the Beginner's Guide To Money Management

Financial Glossary

Debt Advice Foundation's financial glossary, which is aimed at schoolchildren and young adults, covers the basic financial terminology encountered in everyday life.

Download Financial Glossary
Interactive Saving Pays Workbook

Interactive workbook that helps to illustrate how loans, bank accounts and savings work in an easily digestible interactive format.

If you don’t have Excel, don’t worry, there is a free application (Open Office Calc) that does the same thing available here (opens a new window).

Download Saving Pays Workbook
Money Diaries - Birthday Blues (Upper Primary)

Written and illustrated by Nicola Haresceugh and Ruth Gratton

The Money Diaries project is a working partnership between Southlands School and Debt Advice Foundation which has been responsible for project funding.

Download Birthday Blues and The Sweet Taste of Money
Money Diaries - The Price of Fame (Lower Secondary)

Written and illustrated by Nicola Haresceugh and Ruth Gratton

This is the second in the Money Diaries series of books, produced in partnership with Southlands High School in Chorley, Lancashire. This book is aimed at lower secondary school students.

Download The Price of Fame and Worldly Goods
Money Diaries - University Challenge (Middle Secondary)

Written and illustrated by Abigael Kirby, Rebecca Bradley and Ryan Dickinson

This is the third in the Money Diaries series of books, produced in partnership with Southlands High School in Chorley, Lancashire. This book is aimed at middle secondary school students.

Download University Challenge
Money Education Centre

See the Money Education Centre in action. Financial education charity PFEG filmed a class at Southlands High School for My Money Week, which aims to provide a nationwide focus on financial capability for young people.

Watch the Money Education Centre video