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Hedingham School & Sixth Form, Essex

Hedingham School & Sixth Form, Essex

Y9 students spent five lessons simulating five separate trading days in the world of the stock market. Students were divided into House teams and started with funds of £50,000. After five days students had a mixture of success, but all teams made a profit. The lead changed four times with the winning team coming from third to win by making profits of over £90,000.

Students used the Stock Market Challenge resource, which tracked each team’s progress, and teams had to react to TV and radio broadcasts that changed the conditions for individual stocks in their portfolio. Students soon found out that if they did not react to news regarding their shares then they would quickly find that they would either lose money or miss out on the opportunity to make profits.

The series of lessons served as a great opportunity to reinforce many mathematical terms and concepts as well as beginning to get students to develop an understanding of the knowledge and skills relating to a particular industry sector, with its direct relevance to the world of work. The current Year 8s can look forward to see if they get their names on the trophy this November.

Mark Bouckley, Assistant Headteacher

You can read more on the school's website at:

http://www.hedingham.essex.sch.uk/Press%20Releases/Press%20Releases/Maths%20is%20Everywhere.htm

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"Dealing Room allows pupils to apply their understanding of mathematics to a real life situation in such a creative and refreshing way. I have written this into the scheme of work for all our KS4 classes. It's FAB!"

Lindsay Porter, Head of Maths, Moorside High School, Salford

“I thoroughly enjoyed the Trading Floor experience but my highlight would have been the fierce competition between the rival teams and the tense atmosphere in the room. I enjoyed the fast pace we worked at.”

Aoibheann Harkin, Pupil, Thornhill College

"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

"In the Dealing Room simulation our students used their reasoning, logic and mathematical skills to buy and sell shares. They made links between the demand, the supply and the price of a share.  This activity enabled students to use their mathematical skills in a real life situation. It was excellent.”

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