Stock market challenge for Yorkshire Pupils at Leeds Met event
The day-long event, which was held at Headingley Carnegie Stadium, saw students from years eight and nine apply their knowledge of mathematics, business and economics and develop their communication, problem-solving, decision making, teambuilding and negotiation skills.
The initiative, which was run by independent educational publisher, 10 Lane Learning, offered a unique engagement opportunity between the schools and Leeds Metropolitan, aiming to help students leave school prepared for the world of work with the capabilities and confidence to handle future higher education and career decisions.
During the task, pupils had the opportunity to experience the Stock Market Challenge resource which comprises 'Trading Floor', 'Dealing Room' and 'Global Investor' simulations.
Mandeep Bhogal, from Leeds Metropolitan's Access and Widening Participation Team helped to organise the day. She said: "Our key objectives were to develop students' awareness of higher education and to support the development of employability skills and enterprise.
"The game was a great opportunity for pupils to meet and interact with Leeds Met staff and the event also supported teachers in the subject areas of maths, business studies and enterprise."
Students from Morley Academy were crowned the winners of the competition, and were presented with a trophy by Keith Loudon, Senior Partner at Redmayne-Bentley stockbrokers. The other schools which took part in the event included, Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School; Carr Manor Community School; Halifax High School; Allerton Grange High School; Castleford Academy; Roundhay School; Ryburn Valley High School and Guiseley School.
Mr Loudon, commented: "I thought that the simulation was a fantastic way for all of the students that took part, giving them a taste of the real thing and a great introduction into the world of finance."