81% of Brits Wish They\’d Been Taught How to Budget in School

There are growing calls for schools to teach children about the declining nature of our planet. Lessons that should equip us with the necessary skills to make a difference.

So, are there any other areas of the real world we should have been taught at school?

Sell House Fast company asked 2,179 UK adults to vote which of the 25 practical skills and information presented to them* they wished they had been taught in school.

With 81% of votes, adults most wish to have been taught how to save/budget effectively – being savvier with this will have better prepared them for significant future investments.

In second place75% wish they had been educated on buying a house. Learning about the many ways to own a home, including mortgages, renting and help-to-buy schemes would have been useful.

Making the top 10, other practical skills people wish had been part of the school curriculum include:

  1. Credit, loans, taxes and other financial items (72%)
  2. Mental health (71%)
  3. Practical cooking skills (68%)
  4. Basic DIY (67%)
  5. How to ace interviews (66%)
  6. Sexual health (65%)
  7. How to write CVs/Cover letters (64%)
  8. Basic First Aid (60%)

Sell House Fast also spoke exclusively with teachers in a school in the Lake District – Pennington C. of E. Primary School:

“I think we need to learn more thoroughly about mental health in school. Not just the clinical details, but a general understanding of selfcare and keeping ourselves well and healthy.”

“History lessons are important in my opinion, but not in the way they are currently taught. A more impartial, objective look into historical events is fairer. Also, political parties and what they stand for/who they represent!”

“I would have appreciated learning about debt and the potential consequences it had in school. Also how to save for a mortgage, interest rates and more!”

“Practical life lessons like realistic cooking, sewing and DIY are much more effective in setting you up for the future than random history”


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