Secondary

Business Studies & Economics

Stock Market Challenge supports the teaching of Business Studies and Economics in a real and immersive working environment. The resource demonstrates how the capital and currency markets function, the function of PLCs, the concept of shares and investments, the effect of supply and demand on markets and the impact of news and information on share prices.

Bringing business education to life

The game’s news reports and market data offer a thorough and authentic introduction to businesses and the media. Students learn how events in the news and human behaviour can affect the confidence of investors and determine share and currency prices.

The company narratives within the game offer a good introduction to the business environment and to different sectors of the economy. Students learn how companies within the game are affected by and react to external events.

Practical skills

The game involves managing a portfolio of investments in a time-pressured, competitive environment, which develops practical skills and brings business and investment principles to life in a real and immersive way.

For example, students will have to use risk assessment and risk management skills and apply and develop a strategy for managing risk.

Aspects of the curriculum

Stock Market Challenge helps students learn in practical, immersive way how the capital and currency markets function, the effect of supply and demand on share prices and about public limited companies, what shares are and why companies issue shares.

Students learn the language of the financial markets and the business media.  They will see how companies are presented in, and how they try to influence, the media. 

Progression

The resource is being used in schools to introduce Year 9 pupils to some of the key elements of the Business Studies GCSE, companies, financial markets and market forces, which may then make them more comfortable about choosing to study the subject in Year 10.

Beyond the resource

Students could be asked to produce a basic financial report for an imaginary client on the management of their fund.

One useful exercise would be to compare the game scenarios with the experience of real-life businesses and the industrial sectors they operate in.  For example, researching actual company flotations, mergers and acquisitions and compare them to similar events in the game.

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Testimonial videos:

Barry McGurk, Business Education
Cardinal Newman High School

Margaret Houston, Team Leader
Skills Development Scotland

John Breen, Employability Officer
Bannerman High School

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 “A motivational and learning tool for the business and enterprise teacher that will knock the students' socks off! There is simply nothing better on the market."

Colin Kilpatrick, Head of Business Studies, St. Edward's Secondary School, Poole

"I worked with 10 schools in the South East and was delighted with the response of the students. Both girls and boys were enthusiastically engaged as they learnt about the risk-return trade-offs of investing. They also benefitted from the opportunities that Gobal Investor provides for developing and applying Maths skills."

Helena Mullins, Consultant, London Region, Pfeg

"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

“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

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