Secondary

Skills

Personal, Learning & Thinking Skills and Functional Skills are core components of the 14-19 Curriculum.  Stock Market Challenge, adaptable to different age groups and learning environments, allows students to develop and demonstrate these skills in an accessible and immersive way.

Personal, Learning & Thinking Skills

Stock Market Challenge meets the expectations of students to demonstrate skills through game-based learning.  It also supports teachers’ need for resources that allow students to easily demonstrate skills that can be assessed and evaluated, a difficult thing to do in the classroom.

Independent enquirers

Students must plan their team’s investment strategy by analysing and evaluating the available information, then judge its relevance and value to a chosen course of action.

They are required to work both as a team and independently, questioning other team members’ decision processes and suggesting alternatives, particularly in regard to financial management.

Creative thinkers

The game produces sudden market movements and unexpected news events that have an impact on investments. Individuals and teams have an opportunity to react and adapt as circumstances change.

Reflective learners

The resource provides an evaluation framework allowing learners to assess their experience, communicate their learning to other team members and evaluate their development.

Team workers

Stock Market Challenge fulfils all the outcomes for team working. Through playing the game, learners will have to reach agreements, manage discussions and adapt behaviours to suit different roles and situations, acting as either team leader or team member.

Self managers

The game can be set up so that learners can work as individuals. This creates a more pressurised learning environment within which they will have opportunity to display the key components of this skill area.

Effective participants

Stock Market Challenge is a team-based task where participants can be asked to create and present their game strategy and key objectives as a business plan, thereby using many of the collaborative skills.

 

Functional Skills

ICT

The Dealing Room game allows students to use ICT systems to set up and play the game and to research decisions. Outside the game environment they are required to present and communicate information in text, tables, numbers and records.

Maths

Functional Maths skills are demonstrated through understanding and managing money, making sound economic decisions, learning about investments, reasoning with numbers and communicating mathematical information.

English

The resource develops communication skills and literacy and presents a variety of opportunities to express ideas and views effectively. The game demands the use of reading and listening skills to understand the news content, the exercise of comprehension skills, communication with the team and the expression of ideas.

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Margaret Houston, Team Leader
Skills Development Scotland

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"Dealing Room served as a great opportunity to reinforce many mathematical terms and concepts. Students developed an understanding of the knowledge and skills relating to a particular industry sector, with its direct relevance to the world of work."

Mark Bouckley, Assistant Headteacher, Hedingham School, Essex

“Thank you for allowing us to take part in the Enterprise Network competition. The students thoroughly enjoyed it and continue to ask when they can do it again! Which is a credit to you and your colleagues who have produced a fantastic package."

Andrea Callender, Advanced Skills Teacher in Business Studies, All Saints Academy Dunstable

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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Steve Little, Head of Business Studies, Cockburn College of Arts, Leeds

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