Teachers using the resources report their students are enthusiastic to learn about topics ranging from savings and debt to insurance and KiwiSaver.
The government-funded programme now has three teaching packages available through its website, sortedinschools.org.nz, together with teacher tools and pathways.
Sorted in Schools, Te whai hua – kia ora, is the first financial education programme aligned with the National Curriculum; its first cross-curricular resources are designed for Year 9-10 students to use in English, Maths, Technology, Social Studies and Health/PE.
Two of the packages are for the New Zealand Curriculum and the other is for Māori Medium Education. Topics covered are money management, goal-setting, investment and saving for retirement. Resources for Years 11- 13, aligned to the NCEA, are currently in development.
So far 280 secondary schools, including nearly 50 kura and those with Māori immersion classes, have expressed interest in teaching the programme.
Glenfield College social studies teacher, Luke Gardner, says his students are enthusiastic in learning how interest can grow their savings, what’s best to insure, and how to avoid high-cost debt.
“Students are making plans toward short, medium and long term goals, understanding more about how to manage their money,” says Gardner.
His colleague, Gail Colliar, who is head of Health & PE, says the resources are ideal for stimulating ideas that can be adapted to the curriculum. “We’re looking at cross-curricular topics on a daily basis and this is a great option to incorporate a new topic in your subject area,” says Colliar.
The te reo programme has been designed to reflect a kaupapa Māori approach to money and takes a more holistic view to enhance whānau and community wellbeing.
CFFC’s Kaitakawaenga Māori, Marina Kawe-Peautolu, says the aim of the resource is to ensure the learners are centrally located within their own te ao Māori context using te reo to then develop understanding of financial capability.
Reg Iharaira Blake is a kaiako at Te Kura Kaupapa o Te Kura Kokiri in Tauranga. He says the te reo programme is a valuable and worthwhile resource. “It’s easy to access, use and bring into everyday classroom activity,” says Iharaira Blake.
“This programme helps shape good financial habits to enable our young people to be proficient in both worlds.”
CFFC’s Director of Learning, Nick Thomson, says the aim of Sorted in Schools is to equip students for their financial future before they leave school.
“New Zealand students are growing up in a time where online shopping and banking are literally at their fingertips. We believe the sooner our youth become financially capable and good with their money, the better,” says Thomson