Understanding spending behaviours when gambling

Understanding spending behaviours when gambling Understanding spending behaviours when gambling Understanding spending behaviours when gambling Understanding spending behaviours when gambling

The content of this lesson has been developed with GamCare, the leading UK provider of free information, advice and support for anyone harmed by gambling.

This lesson is for students aged 14-16, to help them understand the connection between gambling and financial wellbeing. Students will learn about managing risk and making decisions. Using Asiya’s story, students will investigate the connection between habits and wellbeing as well as how risky decisions do not always pay off.

Using these activities, your class will discover the importance of keeping a balanced approach to spending their time and money. They will learn strategies to manage uncontrolled spending and when it might become a risk.


  • Understanding spending behaviours when gambling: Lesson plan – for use with a group of students in the classroom
  • Understanding spending behaviours when gambling: Student worksheet – to support students to work through activities

Key learning outcomes

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Understand behaviours around gambling
  • Describe thoughts and feelings that might lead to uncontrolled spending
  • Recognise signs that someone might engage in uncontrolled spending
  • Explain some strategies for managing the risk of uncontrolled / impulsive spending


Anyone who is worried or has concerns following this lesson (for themselves or others) should talk to a trusted adult, such as their parent or teacher.

GamCare provides a dedicated support service for young people who are experiencing issues related to gambling. Young People, Parents, and Professionals can access support through the BigDeal website: https://www.bigdeal.org.uk/get-help or by phoning the National Gambling Helpline free on 0808 8020 133.

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