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A common way to introduce the concept of budgets is to start looking at household budgets. Expressing household income and expenditure in the form of a budget can help in understanding the form and content of more complex budgets. There are a variety of participatory tools which can be used to analyse household budgets.

Although household budgets are a good entry point engaging with other budgets is still likely to be a complex process. It is useful for the implementing organisation to translate key aspects of school budget information (for example, the allocation for each pupil, or for school development) into an easily accessible form. This includes producing posters or other visuals illustrating the budget allocations, or using movable objects such as stones to look at the different aspects within a particular budget.