Course curriculum

Students from 15 Schools Sharing Their Attitudes, Opinions, Beliefs and Concerns

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    • 1.1 Anglican Church Grammar School

    • 1.2 Bray Park State High School

    • 1.3 Craigslea State High School

    • 1.4 Heathmont College

    • 1.5 Mitchelton State School

    • 1.6 Morayfield State High School

    • 1.7 Murrumba State Secondary College

    • 1.8 Nudgee College

    • 1.9 Palm Beach Currumbin High School

    • 1.10 Pittsworth State High School

    • 1.11 Queensland Agricultural Training College

    • 1.12 The Gap State High School

    • 1.13 The Southport School

    • 1.14 Toowoomba Grammar School

    • 1.15 Upper Coomera State College

    • Chapter 1 Review: Test your learning

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    • 3.1 Next steps and extras

    • 3.2 Before you go ...

Students Sharing Their Story

Engage your students by sharing the financial life skills views and opinions of other teenagers.

Passionate, concerned student leaders with strong opinions

Anglican Church Grammar, Bray Park High, Craigslea High School, Heathmont College, Mitchelton High School, Morayfield High School, Murrumba College, Nudgee College, Palm Beach Currumbin High School, Pittsworth High School, Queensland Agricultural Training College, The Gap High School, The Southport School, Toowoomba Grammar School, Upper Coomera College

Everyone benefits

Suitable for teachers, youth coordinators and parents

  • Teachers: Share and discuss student stories to engage your students.

  • Youth coordinators: Share teenager views, opinions, beliefs and perspectives. Peer modelling and mentoring in action.

  • Parents: Help your teenage children to build awareness and understanding of financial concepts. Reassure them, that most teens are concerned about similar things in the financial world.

  • Youth: Reading these stories will reassure them, that most young people have similar concerns about their financial future. It may motivate them to become regular financial learners.

Ideas for schools

One course used in different ways within schooling

Pastoral care

Mai

I will feature a school each week in my pastoral care class. For me, just doing a 15 minute focus each week will give my class greater awareness of financial concepts and definitely help build their financial capability.

Life skills

Martin

I am wanting to start a "Money Club" at the school. I know I will have a lot of students interested in the club. Featuring a different school each month is an excellent way to start each club meeting, which will then lead to deeper conversations about the topics they are interested in. Thanks TWA. This is a huge timesaver!

Hope for at-risk students

Jenny

We have many students in at-risk situations, with some in designated support classes. Courses like this one, reassure our students, that there are teenagers across Australia equally confused about the financial world and that they are not alone. This course will give our kids hope for the future. For many of them, they are looking for that hope.

Privileged but ...

Tom

Our students mostly have quite privileged backgrounds. Access to money is not a huge issue for most. The beauty of this course is that it re-orients our students to the real world. This is an important lesson. The other important lesson for our kids is that just because they have access to money, doesn't mean they know how to use money responsibly. This course helps build their capability, something their parents will appreciate.

Boarding

Rick

Our boarding house will feature a different school each month. Our final year boarders will lead the discussion supported by a coordinator. The goal isn't about developing expertise, it is simply to generate awareness and prompt discussion. Our boarders will like this relaxed approach.

Students were:

aspirational, inspiring, worried, confused, depressed, thoughtful, reflective, considered, alarmed and more ...

  • "It would be good to learn to ensure we are not being ripped off. It would also be good to know when we should get a loan and when we shouldn't. "

  • "How do I cope if my expenses are greater than my income."

  • "Lending money can destroy friendships, especially if the friend does not pay it back."

  • "It can be difficult for people in poorer areas to access the resources they need to enable them to achieve their wealth goals."

  • "Learning for life should be about enabling you to stay ahead in life, and to keep yourself out of financial trouble."

Student voice

In education, student voice refers to the values, opinions, beliefs, perspectives, and cultural backgrounds of individual students and groups of students in a school, and to the choice of approaches, strategies and programs that respond to student choices, interests, passions, and ambitions. Financial life skill programs should listen to and respond to the voice of students!

Student Voice

Listening to students provides an opportunity to better meet student needs.

  • Teachers can better prepare financial capability and wellbeing programs to suit the needs of their students

  • Youth workers and other advocates can have greater confidence in developing and implementing programs that are youth oriented.

  • University and vocational education tutors can provide age-appropriate support to youth studying and preparing for their future.

  • Parents can plan the next steps in their teenagers financial education.

Pricing options

Different prices for different time periods. If your school or entity cannot use a credit card to purchase this course, send us a purchase order and we will invoice you.

Bonus material

Free extras to give you greater impact in your program.

  • Teenfinca e-zine

    Free copy of Teenfinca ezine, supporting youth financial capability development

  • Careers and learning about finance

    Link to The Wealth Academy's online video site, where your teenagers, students or young adult can listen to and learn financial learning and careers in finance.

  • ePosters

    Download a set of eposters to stimulate conversations and remind youth of the success and impact of female entrepreneurs.

FAQ

  • Are there free lessons within this course?

    The welcome, facilitator and students sections are freely accessible. They provide a lot of information related to the content of the course.

  • Is this course just relevant to school settings?

    Defintely not. Youth groups, financial service professionals helping the teenage children of clients, union representatives, university guilds, boarding coordinators and others who have a responsibility for supporting the wellbeing of youth, could implement this course. An important feature of this course is that it will engage the youth in your care. They will see that teenagers from around Australia have similar concerns and aspirations.

  • I don't have a lot of financial skills and knowledge myself. Could I still facilitate this course effectively?

    Yes. Most of this course is based on shared discussion. There are no right and wrong answers. We also provide facilitator tips to help guide the conversation. You can also pick and choose which topics and activities you would like your students to do.

  • How long is the course open?

    We provide a 2 month window for you to fully facilitate the course. This starts from the time of your paid subscription.

  • Are you looking for other schools to contribute content for this course?

    Yes. We would like to have a second course that features different schools, and different types of schools, from all parts of Australia. Send us an email if you would like to know more.

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