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This year our annual industry day, which is part of our Enterprise Education Programme targeting S3 pupils, took the form of a Stock Market Challenge.
Using the Trading Floor game, our pupils were able to apply their learning in a sector context, with the help and advice of a local employer who gave structure and context to the activity.
The day was organised by our EIL Group, which consists of members of staff from most departments in the school. Our school was one of the first in Scotland to invest in this innovative and highly successful interactive, computerised learning game, which is geared to stimulating productive group activities, while at the same time promoting financial and enterprise awareness.
The pupils were divided into twenty groups, each led by local representatives from business, commerce and the professions. Working with these mentors, they were given the task of using their skills in English, Maths and practical problem solving, to trade effectively on the stock market, over a period of five “days”.
Each “day” lasted approximately 25 minutes and at the end of the five “days”, the team with the greatest amount of share capital and bonds, was pronounced the winner. Senior pupils played a key role as floor traders selling stocks and shares.
The feedback from both the pupils and their mentors has been extremely positive. There was evidence of genuine corporate effort, with each group member playing to his or her strengths and becoming totally engaged in the activity. All those who so kindly agreed to support our pupils through giving so generously of their time and expertise, in their role as mentors, commented on the fact that there was “a real buzz” in the assembly hall and that the pupils participated with real enthusiasm and commitment.
Mrs Fiona Gordon, our business partner from Redmayne Bentley, made an invaluable contribution to the success of the event. It was a most successful day, which was enjoyed by all who participated.
Joan Bruce, PT Careers & Guidance
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Margaret Houston, Team Leader
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"A very useful tool especially for lessons on finance, the stock market and PLCs. Pupils really enjoyed the experience and even asked to stay beyond the end of period to continue trading!"
Clare Campbell, Business Education Teacher, Ayr Academy, South Ayrshire
“Pupils got to apply their learning to a practical situation with no teacher direction, compelling them to work as a team and take responsibility for the roles they were assigned.”
Eoghan Barr, ICT Teacher, St. Columbís College
“Trading Floor doesn't just teach young people about the world of finance – it’s much, much wider than that. It encourages teamwork, communication and decision-making ability – skills which will be vitally important to them when they enter the world of work."
James Fox, Deputy Head, Writhlington School
"An excellent resource that I will continue to use as it shows pupils how Maths is used in real life and how quickly they have to calculate and think in order to make a profit."
Stephen Dodds, Maths Teacher, Calderglen High School, East Kilbride