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Furze Platt Senior School, Maidenhead

Furze Platt Senior School, Maidenhead

Students at Furze Platt Senior School in Maidenhead are divided into houses and run an inter-house challenge every half-term.

In February the inter-house challenge was the Stock Market Challenge which was run weekly during form registration time. Each form, which is made up of 20 students from years 7-11, assisted by 6th formers, took part using the Dealing Room game.

Over 5 weeks, the forms simulated a week on the stock exchange with the up to date positions communicated at the end of each trading day.  Students enjoyed the activity, were very involved, comparing trades with friends from other forms and constantly checking their progress. 

It helped build teams across the year groups and gave 6th formers responsibility in organising each trading day.  Whilst traditionally played with teams of four, we played with groups of students so that all students could participate. 

All in all we consider that Stock Market Challenge helped build teams and also gave students an understanding of the world of finance.

Mrs Jill Stacey, Head of Business Studies

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