News & Events

This page keeps teachers updated with any new resources/events that are being lauched in Northern Ireland.

Financial Capability Training Teacher Questionnaire

As you are aware, Financial Capability is part of the Statutory Curriculum at Key Stage 3. By enabling pupils to develop the knowledge, understanding, skills and confidence to effectively engage in responsible financial decision making, they can achieve individual financial wellbeing and become contributors to the economy, environment and society. As part of this project, CCEA's Research and Statistics Unit have developed a questionnaire to assess the effectiveness of Financial Capability to date. In particular this questionnaire seeks to identify how Financial Capability has been embedded within schools and the extent to which it is valued by employers. Please note that this questionnaire will be open until 30th September 2015. I would like to take this opportunity to extend my sincerest thanks for your assistance with this evaluation. If you have any questions concerning any aspect of this evaluation please do not hesitate to contact Simon Beattie, Research and Statistics, CCEA: Tel 028 90 261 200 Ext 2335 or email

You can access Financial Capability Training, Teacher Questionnaire here

2012 Financial Capability Awards

Press Release

Schools celebrate success in The Ulster Bank Financial Capability Awards

  • Belfast Model School for Girls, Belfast wins School Award
  • Mary Garvey, St Joseph’s Grammar, Donaghmore wins Teacher Award
  • Fleming Fulton School, Belfast wins Enterprising Spirit Award
  • Newtownabbey Community High School, Antrim wins Student/Team Award

31.05.2012: Some of the best work taking place in Northern Ireland’s post-primary schools to prepare young people for life’s financial challenges was today recognised at a special event at Queen’s University Belfast. 

The Ulster Bank Financial Capability Awards in association with CCEA, the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment, aim to recognise excellence in financial capability teaching. 

The Overall School Award was presented by Mervyn Storey MLA, Chair of the Northern Ireland Assembly’s Education Committee who praised the 12 finalist schools.

Mr Storey said: “This competition underlines in a real and practical way the importance of teaching financial capability in our schools and preparing our young people for life beyond the school gate.

“I’ve looked at some of the entries and can only say that they gave a master class in financial capability that is to their credit and that of the schools they represented. My warmest congratulations, and I hope this event continues to grow in future years”.

Students from Fleming Fulton School, Belfast won the inaugural Enterprising Spirit Award. This recognises a group of students who have demonstrated entrepreneurial spirit in their financial capability initiative.

The Teacher Award, for inspiring and promoting financial education in their school, was won by Mary Garvey of St Joseph’s Grammar, Donaghmore in County Tyrone.

Belfast Model School for Girls was the winner of the School Award, which rewards the best and most effective all-round approach to financial capability teaching in a school in Northern Ireland.

Students from Newtownabbey Community High School in Antrim claimed the Student/Team Award. This recognises a student or group of students who have taken the lead on a financial education event to contribute to their school or community.

The awards build on Ulster Bank’s long-standing commitment to financial education through its flagship MoneySense for Schools programme, the largest financial education programme for post-primary schools in Ireland.

Stephen Cruise, Head of Branches, Private & Financial Planning NI at Ulster Bank, congratulated the winners, saying: “We wanted to recognise the great work in Northern Ireland’s post-primary schools to equip young people with the skills and knowledge to make good financial choices and to deal with the challenges of being independent adults. It is clear from the entries to the awards that some fantastic things are being done. The winners and runners-up can be very proud of their work and we really hope that this will help encourage and inspire many more schools, teachers and students.”

Richard Hanna, Director of Education Strategy, CCEA, who chaired the Judging Panel, stressed the importance of Financial Capability in the curriculum.

Mr Hanna said: "All of the entries we saw were of a very high quality. It was very encouraging to see young people being provided with opportunities to experience money management first hand.

"In these times of economic austerity, it is essential that young people are equipped to make financial decisions both in relation to personal finance and business life. The Enterprising Spirit entries highlighted the thread of entrepreneurship that exists in our young people which is waiting to be nurtured and developed".

Further information about the awards can be found at:

Further information about MoneySense for Schools is available at:

2012 Financial Capability Awards

The full list of winners is:

School Award

  • Winner: Belfast Model School for Girls, Belfast
  • 1st runner-up: Royal Belfast Academical Institution
  • 2nd runner-up: Newtownabbey Community High School, Antrim

Teacher Award

  • Winner: Mary Garvey, St Joseph’s Grammar, Donaghmore
  • 1st runner-up: Gillian Pierce, Parkview Special School, Lisburn
  • 2nd runner-up: Julie Tunney, St Aidan’s High School, Derrylin

Student Award:

  • Winner: Newtownabbey Community High School, Antrim
  • 1st runner-up: Newtownhamilton High School, Newry
  • 2nd runner-up: Limavady High School

Enterprising Spirit Award

  • Winner: Fleming Fulton School, Belfast
  • 1st runner-up: Parkview Special School, Lisburn
  • 2nd runner-up: Coleraine College

In addition to a specially commissioned trophy and certificate, the winners receive a cash prize including: School Award £1,000; Teacher Award £500; Student Award £250 and Enterprising Spirit Award £250 - with runners-up prizes in the four categories.

  • The School Award seeks to find the best and most effective all-round approach to financial capability teaching.
  • The Student/Team Award seeks to recognise a student or group of students who have taken the lead on a financial education event to contribute to their school or community.
  • The Teacher Award will be given to a teacher or group of teachers who inspire and promote financial education in their school.
  • This Enterprising Spirit Award recognises a group of students who have demonstrated entrepreneurial spirit in their financial capability initiative.
  • MoneySense for Schools:  Stimulating online resources developed by education experts, designed to prepare students aged 11-18 for the financial challenges they will face as independent adults.  Students learn about saving, borrowing, budgeting and starting a small business. Teachers are supported by videos, lesson plans and teaching guides.  The resources are linked to the UK and Irish curricula, and endorsed by Personal Finance Education Group ( ). Ulster Bank volunteers are independently trained, actively supporting teachers in the delivery of MoneySense for Schools, which is now the largest and most comprehensive financial education programme in the island of Ireland.

‘TALK ABOUT MONEY’ NI Financial Education Conference

NI Financial Education Conference
Ramada Hotel, Shaws Bridge, Belfast
23 March, 2010

On the 23 March CCEA, together with the Financial Service Authority (FSA), hosted NI’s first Financial Education conference, ‘Talk About Money’, at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast. Hosted by local actress and comedienne Nuala McKeever, and with keynote speakers from the world of Finance and Education, the ‘Talk About Money’ conference did just what it promised!

The purpose of the event was to raise the profile of money management amongst primary and secondary pupils. Almost 200 guests turned up, including primary and secondary teachers from across Northern Ireland (NI) and senior representatives from the local banks. Click on 'read more' for more details and pictures from the day.

Already CCEA’s Financial Capability team has worked with nearly 300 primary and post-primary schools across NI to lay the foundations for good financial management for the post-recession generation.  One of the most pro-active schools has been North Coast Integrated College who organised a special ‘Money Week’ in their school. Year 10 pupils from the school attended the conference to showcase the handmade jewellery they designed to sell during Money Week.

To view a video of North Coast’s ‘Money Week’ click here…

Talk About Money!

Talk About Money!

Talk About Money!

Talk About Money!

Richard Hanna, Director of Education Strategy, commented:

"At the heart of CCEA’s approach to Financial Education has been the importance of working in partnership with other organisations.  The FSA has been an important partner for CCEA for some time and their support has made this conference possible. It is very encouraging to see the diversity of representatives and the level of interest in developing financial awareness in children and young people".

Case Studies

Need ideas for a money event? A themed day? A money week? To help, we’ve added a new case study section. It features case studies from primary, post-primary and SEN schools that have run whole-school money events. Free, downloadable resources accompany those studies that offer activity ideas. Our selection of case studies will grow over time as more schools share their experiences of delivering FC. If your school has held a money event recently, why not get in touch and tell us about your experiences?


MoneyvilleIn 2009, ‘Moneyville’ was extended to include a new game, the Family Game, which helps 8–10 year olds learn about day-to-day family budgeting and decision-making about purchases. Children have to decide how to prioritise their spending and how to save so that the family can pay their bills each month, take holidays or have family days out. 

Money Event Resource

Money EventThe Northern Ireland Financial Capability conference saw the launch of the new ‘Money Event’ resource.  Distributed to schools in April, it provides guidance on the organisational and management issues to consider when organising a money-themed event in your school. It also presents a range of cross-curricular activities and resource sheets suitable for the entire primary age range. 

Adding Up to a Lifetime

Adding up to a LifetimeAn updated version of the Key Stage 3 resource ‘Adding up to a lifetime’ is now available. It has been adapted to match the requirements of the Northern Ireland Curriculum. You can enjoy the same highly interactive and practical activities as before, but it now:

  • has a fresh, new look;
  • features additional challenging activities; and
  • includes the new ‘Student Tube’– a You Tube style bank of money-related news and media clips for pupils to view and discuss.

Control Your Money

Money EventControl Your Money is a new, online educational resource for Key Stages 3 and 4. It provides pupils with opportunities to learn about money management and personal finance issues while having fun. ’Control Your Money’ deals with both theory and practice, and young people can embark on eight different missions, that link to real-life scenarios.  The missions range in difficulty, providing something suitable for most abilities.