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Industry Day at The Gordon Schools, Aberdeenshire

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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“We use Dealing Room and Finance Lab in our first year BA Accounting & Finance course to help develop students' academic and employability skills, in particular communication, teamwork and numeracy. Student feedback has demonstrated that the simulations make an invaluable contribution to their self-development.”

Helen Hall, Programme Tutor, Accounting & Finance, University of Hertfordshire

“Our Year 12 students loved the Enterprise Network competition.  It created a real buzz amongst the competitive ones.”

Gareth Williams, Head of Economics & Business Studies, The Leventhorpe 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

“Trading Floor is an excellent simulation. I really enjoyed the game environment and having to make quick decisions under pressure."

Philip McCarron, Economics BSc Hons, Northern Ireland

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