What do teachers think of the competition?
Here’s a selection of what some teachers who have entered teams into Shares4Schools say about the competition.
I was involved in the beginning and attended a few meetings to help get the ball rolling. Now all I get is a note left on my desk asking me to undertake their deals. The decision-making process is now run totally by the students.
The competition was used as a way to get students talking about real-life economics, create a buzz, and inform discussions on supply and demand, and market prices.
We’ve all learnt a lot from the competition with phrases like ‘net asset value’ now punctuating our discussions.
The competition is well run, good fun and stimulates wider reading and enjoyment of learning amongst the pupils involved. Using a real money portfolio changes the way pupils make decisions and it is this realism that sets this scheme apart. Some of my pupils have already started to think about potential investment strategies for themselves. I would fully recommend the competition to any school considering it.
As a teacher of Business Studies I was looking for ways that I could get students to focus their thinking beyond the bounds of the school. The Shares4Schools competition has helped develop this wider perspective, as well as bringing some reality to the decisions our students have had to make.
What do students think of the competition?
Here’s a selection of what some students who have entered Shares4Schools say about the competition.
The team is really pleased to have won the competition. We worked well as a team and managed to pick out successful companies despite investing in a difficult market. Shares4Schools has really opened our eyes to the world of investing and the decisions you might be faced with – the team and I definitely want to work in the finance industry after university.
The competition was good fun and we found it really interesting to research lots of different companies. I particularly enjoyed the ‘live’ element of the competition as we were able to watch our shares react to the highs and lows of the market. The fact we were able to invest real money gives Shares4Schools the edge over fantasy trading competitions.
The competition was a really fun and interesting way to experience the stock market first hand. Trading on the stock exchange with real money makes the whole thing seem much more authentic, and makes victory all the more satisfying! This will certainly be an experience we will never forget.