Sorted in Schools

Sorted

Why teach financial capability?


New Zealand is undergoing unprecedented demographic change, with an ageing population. We need all students to leave school confident about what money is and how to make it work for them.

A 2017 CFFC-led survey showed 82% of school leavers wanted to learn about money during class, therefore identifying secondary schools as having the greatest immediate need for financial capability education. 

The topics students told us they wanted to learn about include money management and borrowing money, or loans.

Our youth are being targeted by credit and third tiered lenders more so than any previous generation. They need a clear understanding of the implications of their financial choices and how to avoid bad debt.

Sorted in Schools will provide learning resources and tools to help teachers embed knowledge, skills and values that our young people need to interact with money in a positive way.

Sorted in Schools launched its first pilot in October 2018 for years 9-10 for the New Zealand Curriculum (NZC).

By 2021, the programme will be rolled out to all secondary schools levels across the NZC and Māori Medium Education, and will cover the topics debt, managing my money, savings, setting goals, retirement, KiwiSaver, investing and insurance. 

The programme is fully funded and working closely with the Ministry of Education, NZQA, the Tertiary Education Commission and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) on the programme. 

What does success look like?


  • By 2021, all learners in years 9-13 will have equitable access to the Sorted in Schools programme, including Māori and Pasifika learners.
  • Financial capability is integrated across the New Zealand Curriculum and Māori Medium Education.
  • Quality financial education resources are accessible, easy to use and respond to diverse learner needs.
  • Increased collaborative partnerships that support schools, their communities, parents, family and whānau to build financial capability for learners.
  • By 2021, all learners in years 9-13 will have equitable access to the Sorted in Schools programme, including Māori and Pasifika learners.
  • Financial capability is integrated across the New Zealand Curriculum and Māori Medium Education.
  • Quality financial education resources are accessible, easy to use and respond to diverse learner needs.
  • Increased collaborative partnerships that support schools, their communities, parents, family and whānau to build financial capability for learners.

Students Schooled Up in Money Skills

Students Schooled Up in Money Skills

Sorted in Schools launched to teach teens about money