Secondary

Inter-schools events

Since 2003 Stock Market Challenge has been run throughout the UK as an inter-schools competition.  Each event brings together 20 to 30 local schools or colleges in each region and are sponsored and supported by a number of universities, EBPs and businesses. Since its inception over 5,000 Year 9 to Year 12 students from hundreds of UK schools and colleges have taken part.

Business partners

Stock Market Challenge offers companies the opportunity to contribute to the skills development agenda in a meaningful way through sponsorship of an inter-schools event. The opportunity is enhanced by the involvement of staff at the event, either as mentors for the students or by taking on the role of floor traders helping to process the transactions.

Since 2003 we have worked with many UK companies, including BNP Paribas, Standard Life, Morgan Stanley, HSBC, JP Morgan, Barclays and Aviva.

Educational partners

The success of these events has depended on our collaboration with educational organisations that make the links to schools and offer an educational or work-based context to the day’s activity.

Our partners throughout the UK include EBPs, Skills Development Scotland, Aim Higher, Financial Services Skills Council, Invest NI, Department of Education NI, First Campus and Titan Partnership.

Preparation materials

If your school is taking part in one of the inter-schools Stock Market Challenge events, you can access the preparation materials using the password sent to you when you registered.

The event will give your students the opportunity to experience the excitement of dealing on a live stock market trading floor in competition with other local schools and colleges.

The teacher's guide and demonstration materials are designed to help the organising teacher in each school introduce the game to their students.

The materials include samples of some of the key elements of the game so that students can familiarise themselves with them in advance.

The risk assessment covers the activity itself.  Following your registration you will be sent specific venue information relating to the event you are attending.

Download the file: Teacher's Guide (English)

Download the file: Student's Guide (English)

Download the file: Teacher's Guide (Welsh)

Download the file: Student's Guide (Welsh)

Download the file: Monday's Newspaper

Download the file: The Market Screen

Download the file: Risk Assessment (English)

Download the file: Risk Assessment (Welsh)

Download the file: Media Analyst's Worksheet

Download the file: Ethical Investment Report

Testimonial videos:

Bob Walker, Business Education
Craigmount High School

Barry McGurk, Business Education
Cardinal Newman High School

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“Pupils gain an insight into financial markets trading in a fun and interactive way.  They develop their comprehension and problem-solving skills, and the practical application of numeracy.”

Deirdre Turkington, Business Studies Teacher, Victoria College

“The Finance Lab event has really enhanced my interest in both investment banking and a potential career within Citi Group. This is a great way to meet company representatives.”

Victoria Emery, Accounting & Finance MSc, Northern Ireland

“Trading Floor doesn't just teach young people about the world of finance – it’s much, much wider than that.  It encourages teamwork, communication and decision-making ability – skills which will be vitally important to them when they enter the world of work."

James Fox, Deputy Head, Writhlington School

"The Finance Lab event has been a brilliant success for all our students. One of our main objectives is to foster links with professional bodies and industry and this is a great way of bringing these elements together."  

Dr. Lisa Bradley, Head of Department of International Business, University of Ulster

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