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Delegates gather for Scottish Financial Education Conference


Around 150 delegates gathered in Edinburgh for the first financial education conference held in Scotland since 2012.


Attended by a wide range of delegates from both the education and financial sectors and supported by the Money Advice Service, Accountant in Bankruptcy and the Improvement Service, the aim of the event was to:


  • focus on developing practice in educational establishments in the context of new guidance  supporting numeracy published by Education Scotland
  • examine the contribution financial education can make to other educational priorities
  • discuss financial education in the context of developing the young workforce
  • examine and explore the ways that industry can support schools to provide effective financial education.


The conference was chaired by Gordon McKinlay, Head of Schools in Renfrewshire Council. The keynote speakers were: Kirsty Bowman-Vaughan, Money Advice Service; Richard Dennis, Accountant in Bankruptcy; Alan Armstrong, Education Scotland and Jim Lally, Education Scotland.


The event also featured nine workshops:


  • Finance Fairtrade Fortnight – St Catherine’s Primary School, Glasgow City Council
  • Financial education and additional support needs – Cardinal Winning Secondary School, Glasgow City Council
  • Credit unions, Money Week and more – Prestonfield Primary School, City of Edinburgh Council Financial education and numeracy across learning – Knox Academy, East Lothian Council
  • Going out to learn: real life financial education – Westercraigs Nursery School, Glasgow City Council
  • Financial education: meeting challenges now and in the future – Money Advice Service
  • Progression in financial education, numeracy benchmarks – Education Scotland
  • Credit unions in schools – Pioneer Credit Union
  • Prison education: a hard cell! – Scottish Prison Service


It would appear from the evaluations returned after the event that the conference was a major success.  The following comments are representative of those received.


"Excellent day - first opportunity to discuss 'money' benchmarks. Presentations from St Catherine's and Knox Academy were very informative. Hopefully we will get the opportunity to take this forward in Renfrewshire."


"A really enjoyable day - please repeat this! Financial education should be made one of the national priorities which would help raise its profile and look more carefully at delivery in schools."


"The standard of the workshop presentations was the highest I have seen/heard for a long time. Relevant, engaging and well organised - powerful messages and a memorable experience."


"It was great to see the young people from Westercraigs Nursery and Prestonfield Primary School involved in such a good event."


A more detailed conference report will be available on the Education Scotland website in the near future.