Annual Centres of Excellence Conference on financial education held in Birmingham


This year, Young Money, the financial education charity held its annual Centres of Excellence conference in Birmingham. The event took place on the 14th of November at The Vox Conference Centre and celebrated schools and colleges who are committing to developing and continuing excellence in financial education.

The schools and colleges who have achieved the Centre of Excellence accreditation were given an award at the conference from Sharon Davies, Deputy CEO of Young Money.

The conference comprised of a welcome speech from Russell Winnard, Head of Programmes and Services at Young Money, as well as a film presentation featuring Martin Lewis from about the launch of the ‘Your Money Matters’ financial education textbook.

The annual conference aims to provide an opportunity for teachers and practitioners to showcase their work, share ideas, attend workshops and access a large range of financial education related resources and tools.

The overall aim of the Centres of Excellence programme is to support practical, effective and sustainable financial education for young people in schools.

Sharon Davies, Deputy CEO of Young Money comments:

“The annual Centres of Excellence conference is an excellent opportunity to highlight financial education excellence in schools. It was great to meet teachers from the schools involved in the award ceremony and I would like to congratulate them again on their success in embedding financial education into their schools.

We’re already looking forward to awarding new schools from across the country at next year’s Centre of Excellence conference.”

About Young Money

  • Young Money (formerly pfeg), part of Young Enterprise, supports all educators in developing the financial capability of the young people they work with. We are a trusted and valued provider of knowledge, resources and training to anyone teaching children and young people how to manage money.
  • Last year (2016/17) Young Money delivered financial education training to over 1,400 teachers.
  • 92% of teachers Young Money trained said following training they were now likely to deliver financial education in their schools.
  • Young Money is the Secretariat for the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Financial Education for Young People.
  • Julian Knight MP is the Chair of the APPG on Financial Education for Young People. The APPG’s most recent report, Financial Education in Schools: Two Years On – Job Done? was published in May 2016. The report highlighted a lack of financial education resources in schools and provided a number of policy recommendations.
  • For more information on Young Money please see or email