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First Campus, Cardiff Metropolitan University

First Campus, Cardiff Metropolitan University

First Campus has been using the Stock Market Challenge every year since its inception in 2003.  First Campus is a collaborative educational initiative consisting of all the Higher and Further education institutions in South East Wales funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW).  The aim is to help raise educational standards and make a significant contribution to the Welsh Assembly Government targets for Reaching Wider.

Through collaboration the project runs a series of exciting and challenging activities for a wide cross section of pupils at Key Stage 2, 3 and 4. Our aim is to make sure all activities fully complement the curriculum, enrich studies, encourage participation and are enjoyable for all participants.   Stock Market Challenge always ticks every box!

Stock Market Challenge gets such good feedback year on year and we’re now looking to make it part of a larger project. The Business Academy has been designed to support students studying business at GCSE level and will offer assistance for those looking to complete the intermediate Welsh Baccalaureate.  First Campus will be using the Dealing Room version of the game as part of a ‘business taster day’ used in the lead up to the annual inter-schools Stock Market Challenge event.   Year 10 pupils from secondary schools across the region will get an introduction to the stock market and an opportunity to experience the game and develop their skills before representing their school at the main event.

Chris Webb, First Campus Officer

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"The Investment Challenge project brings 'real life' experiences to our pupils which are very valuable to this age group.  It is a positive influence."

Laura Atwell, Business Studies Teacher, Brynmawr Foundation School

“We’ve had some really positive feedback about the Stock Market Challenge from our Year 11 students. A lot of them said it was the best day of their school career!”

Max Morton, Head of Enterprise, Writhlington School

We used Trading Floor for an enterprise day which involved all years on a carousel basis. The students absolutely loved it - the competition between groups was immense!  The high quality resources gives the game a professional look and makes the students think it is far more realistic.  It gives students a valuable application of Maths in the real world.

Simon Hetherington, Head of Mathematics, Al Yasmina School

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Jonathan Price, Head of Sixth Form, Heolddu Comprehensive School

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