Financial Literacy

What is financial literacy?

Financial literacy has often been defined purely in terms of ‘personal financial education’. Concern is frequently expressed about the capability of individuals in managing their own finances and avoiding levels of debt which they are unable to repay. Given the number of people who get themselves into serious financial difficulties this is an important social objective. Schools have their part to play in equipping young people to avoid these problems. However, this approach to financial literacy appears to lay all the responsibility for financial problems on to individuals. In the light of successive financial scandals and the financial crisis of 2008 this is a difficult position to take. There is, therefore, an argument for extending financial literacy to include knowledge and understanding of bank and government behaviour as well as personal financial management. The document below introduces a framework for a broader definition of financial literacy.

Download Financial Literacy Briefing 1: What is Financial Literacy? (PDF, 93KB)

Assessing financial literacy

Assessment is important for teaching and learning in all areas of the curriculum. How else can teachers and students clarify what progress is being made and what to aim for in the future? But assessment tends to have a lower profile ‘non-core’ areas of the curriculum, such as financial literacy. One line of work being followed at the University of Birmingham is the development and evaluation of some assessment items which can be used in schools to assess financial literacy.

Download Financial Literacy Briefing 2: Assessing Financial Literacy (PDF, 123KB) 


Developing a Broad Assessment for Financial Literacy

This two day workshop in 2012 was to develop a framework and appropriate assessment tools for assessing financial literacy at secondary school level within an international context

Exploring conceptions of financial literacy in the European VET context

FLin€VET is a partnership project which aims to advance the development of a sustained and shared framework of Financial Literacy and its core components in the context of European Vocational Education and Training (VET). It will run from 2012-2014.