Y9 'Maths In Action' Stock Market Challenge

The events

Your team of five Year 9 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 a live trading floor.

The event takes place in the School of Management at Cardiff Met Unversity and is organised by First Campus in assocation with HSBC.

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.

The resource

All participating schools will be given free use of the Global Investor resource - Finance Lab, Dealing Room and Trading Floor – for the year.  The resource licence has been sponsored by HSBC.

The resource has applications for 14-19-year-olds in Applied Maths, STEM, Business Studies and Economics so schools should find it to be a valuable asset across the curriculum. 

Subject areas supported

Applied Maths, STEM, Business Studies, Economics, Key Skills, Financial Capability, Enterprise, and Work-related Learning.

A message from HSBC

Sustainability at HSBC is about our long-term contribution: how we value our employees, help customers realise their ambitions in life and manage our environmental impact. It is also about investing in the communities we serve. We are pleased to be working with schools and associated with such a worthwhile project as Stock Market Challenge.

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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:

Aberdare Community School

Afon Taf High School

Cardinal Newman Comprehensive

Croesyceiliog School

Cwmbran High School

Ferndale Community School

Fitzalan High School

Heolddu Comprehensive School

Michaelston & Glyn Derw Federation

Newport High School

Pen-y-Dre High School

St. Alban's High School

St. Illtyd's High School

Tonypandy Community College

Treorchy Comprehensive School

Willows High School

Y Pant Comprehensive School

Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Glantaf


South Wales Inter-school Event

  • Tuesday 22 March
    Cardiff Met University

Teacher’s Maths Workshop

There will be a workshop for teachers at the event.  University staff will lead the session, which will include information on new maths lesson materials integrated into the Global Investor Simulations resource. There will also be an opportunity to meet with academic staff from the University's School of Management.

Who should attend

Year 9 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

To register your school contact us on 01225 484 721 or email us at mail@globalinvestorsims.com

Contact us on 01225 484721

...or at mail@globalinvestorsims.com

"The Global Investor simulations provide a good practical demonstration of Maths in a real world context."

John Byrne, Maths Teacher, Castlebrae Community High School

“Pupils gain an insight into financial markets trading in a fun and interactive way.  They develop their comprehension and problem-solving skills, and the practical application of numeracy.”

Deirdre Turkington, Business Studies Teacher, Victoria College

“My pupils learned how to put their skills to use in a competitive and practical setting.  Individuals within teams can put their personal attributes to use for the common good of the team”

David Moody, Maths Teacher, Rockport School

"The Investment Challenge just gets better and better each year. The atmosphere in the 'trading room' was electric and the students really got into the spirit of the event.  The School of Management is proud to support this project."

David Pritchard, Dean, Cardiff School of Management