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Annual stock market challenge brings 14 schools to All Saints Academy Plymouth

Posted by Stephanie Broad | April 01, 2016 | School life

The atmosphere in the ‘trading room’ at All Saints Academy Plymouth’s (ASAP) annual Stock Market Challenge was electric when its main hall filled with 80 local year five primary school pupils for the ‘live’ trading floor simulated event.

As part of ASAP’s commitment to developing collaborative learning experiences, teams from 14 local primary schools competed against each other and the clock to buy and sell shares, with prices being affected by the decisions of the players. Initiated, led and hosted by ASAP science teacher Jane Seymour, with help from learning family leader Mel Lidington and ASAP student ambassadors, the primary school pupils assumed the roles of finance managers, investment & media analysts and floor traders during a rigorous butt rewarding day.

ASAP hosts Stock Market Challenge for local year five students

Allowing pupils to apply their understanding of mathematics to a real life situation, the Stock Market Challenge teaches valuable enterprise, investment, finance, analytical and personal development skills. A gateway to enterprise education and financial capability, it provides an enjoyable platform for children to work with and against others, test their skills, solve problems under pressure, analyse information and communicate effectively. Students also gain an insight into the practical realities of market trading and career opportunities within the financial services sector. 

Louise Impey, a teaching assistant at St Peter’s Primary School, said: “It was an extremely enjoyable, fast paced event and all-round educational experience. The children have absolutely loved it. Can we come again?”  

“The Stock Market challenge is just one of the many creative and refreshing ways that we can bring teaching to life and support classroom teaching,” says ASAP teacher Jane Seymour, who organised it. A nationally-recognised programme, which meets OFSTED’s criteria for delivering accepted learning outcomes for enterprise activities, the Stock Market Challenge is part of a full programme of initiatives and activities designed by ASAP to raise aspirations and skills in the local community whilst forging stronger primary school links.

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