Research conducted on behalf of financial education charity MyBnk and global bank MUFG has found that parents in the UK do not believe that schools do enough to equip pupils with personal finance skills.
54% of parents polled agreed that schools should spend more time teaching personal finance, and 55% would cut time from the national curriculum to ensure their child received more money lessons in things such as budgeting and avoiding debt.
Just under a third of parents polled think that schools should spend more time teaching sex education and relationships, with almost two thirds believing that sex education should be taught mainly at home.
The YouGov poll of 1,043 parents of children under 18 also found sharp generational and regional divides in attitudes towards life skills topics.
The findings come as the Department for Education consults on the teaching of Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE) in English schools.
It is widely expected the subject will be put on a statutory footing, mainly as a result of the new Children and Social Work Act placing a duty on the Secretary of State for Education to make relationships and sex education mandatory.