Northern Ireland Schools Programme

The inter-school events

Your team of 5 Year 10 or 11 students will be competing against other schools during a session of simulated trading on the financial markets, making decisions under pressure, taking calculated risks and experiencing the excitement of the trading floor.

This enjoyable and rewarding challenge will give your students an insight into career opportunities within the financial services sector and help them develop important skills such as communication, problem-solving and working with others. 

Supporting the curriculum

All participating schools will be given 1 year's free use of the three Global Investor simulations - Finance Lab, Dealing Room and Trading Floor – to potentially extend particpation in the project to all students in-school.

The resource licence has been sponsored by the Department of Education and Invest NI.

The resource has applications for 14-18-year-olds in Applied Maths, STEM, Business Studies and Economics so schools will find it to be a valuable asset across the curriculum. 

Subject areas supported

Applied & Financial Maths, STEM Enrichment, Business Studies, Economics, Key Skills, Financial Capability, Enterprise, and Learning for Life and Work.

Teachers' briefing & workshop

There are important project briefings taking place in December on Tuesday 1st (North West - St. Mary's College), Wednesday 2nd (Belfast - Grosvenor Grammar) and Thursday 3rd (South - Abbey Grammar) which all participating teachers should attend. 

The briefings will highlight key aspects of the project, including the new KS3 Maths Resource and the Queen’s University-supported online competition.  It will also demonstrate the many ways in which the simulations and the event directly supports learning.

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Preparation materials

If your school is taking part in one of the inter-schools Stock Market Challenge events, you can access the preparation materials using the password sent to you when you registered.

Participating Schools:

North West Event Schools

Christian Brothers Grammar

Collegiate Grammar School

Dominican College

Oakgrove Integrated College

Sacred Heart College

Sperrin Integrated College

St. Brigid's College

St. Columb's College

St. Joseph's Boys' School

St. Mary's College

St. Mary's Limavady

St. Patrick's & St. Brigid's College

St. Patrick's College, Maghera

St. Paul's College, Kilrea

Thornhill College

Belfast Event Schools

Antrim Grammar School

Ballyclare Secondary School

Ballymena Academy

Bangor Academy

Belfast Model School for Girls

Belfast Boys' Model School

Bloomfield Collegiate

Breda Academy

Campbell College

Carrickfergus Grammar

Christian Brothers' School

Cookstown High School

Friends' School

Grosvenor Grammar School

Mercy College

Our Lady & St Patrick's College

Rathmore Grammar School

Rockport School

Saintfield High School

St. Colm's High School

St. Malachy's High School

The Wallace High School

Victoria College

South Event Schools

Abbey Grammar School

Aughnacloy College

Banbridge High School

Banbridge Academy

City of Armagh High School

Kilkeel High School

Lismore Comprehensive School

Lisnagarvey High School

Lurgan College

New Bridge Integrated College

Newry High School

Our Lady's Grammar School

Portadown College

Rathfriland High School

Sacred Heart Grammar School

St. Catherine's College

St. Colman's College

St. Joseph's Boys' High School

St. Louis Grammar School

St. Mark's High School

St. Patrick's Academy

St. Patrick's High School

St. Paul's High School

The Royal School Armagh

Northern Ireland Events

  • Monday, 29 February 2016
    St Mary's College, Derry
  • Wednesday, 2 March 2016
    Grosvenor Grammar, Belfast
  • Friday, 4 March 2016
    Abbey Grammar, Newry

Online Competition

Win £250 and a workshop in Queen’s University’s Trading Room

The school that achieves the highest team score from Dealing Room games run in school between 4 January and 19 February 2016 will win £250 and a visit to Queen’s University’s Management School for a workshop in their new Trading Room facility.

We'd like to thank Quilter Cheviot for sponsoring this fantastic prize.

For further information visit and go to the Management School’s Trading Room page.

Who should attend

Year 10 or 11 students who want to meet with employers and educators and to experience first-hand the knowledge and skills required both in the workplace and for business and finance-related courses at university.


To register your school contact us on 01225 484 721 or email us at

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“The Finance Lab event has really enhanced my interest in both investment banking and a potential career within Citi Group. This is a great way to meet company representatives.”

Victoria Emery, Accounting & Finance MSc, Northern Ireland

“Dealing Room is beneficial as an enrichment activity as pupils would have no access to something like this otherwise.  We will integrate this in to classroom use, mainly in the data-handling component of the GCSE course (graphs, averages, etc.).”

Dominic McNabb, Maths Teacher, Glengormley High School

“I thoroughly enjoyed the Trading Floor experience but my highlight would have been the fierce competition between the rival teams and the tense atmosphere in the room. I enjoyed the fast pace we worked at.”

Aoibheann Harkin, Pupil, Thornhill College

“The Global Investor simulations give an exciting edge to Maths, developing a greater interest among pupils in its potential.”

Tristan Kelso, Maths Teacher, Royal School Armagh