The investment competition that uses real money
Shares4Schools is a competition organised by The Share Centre, a leading retail stockbroker. Established in 2003 and endorsed by the Personal Finance Education Group (pfeg), this unique competition brings Economics and Business Studies to life as teams of students invest real money in the stock market.
Each team must raise an investment pot of £1,500 to invest in the stock market, with the aim of achieving the greatest profit over the period October to May. Schools are encouraged to raise the initial investment through sponsorship from local businesses and The Share Centre.
It's worth remembering though that the value of investments and the income from them can go down as well as up. Some schools lost money in 2012, so keep a keen eye on your investments!
In addition to promoting and administering the competition, The Share Centre offers a limited number of sponsorships of £750 which you can apply for when registering your interest in the competition. Teams should also seek funding from the Enterprise Initiative Fund and PTA.
The competition is open to Year 12 students, or Secondary 5 in Scotland. This is because unlike year 11 and 13, the students are normally in school for the whole year. While it's normally Business Studies or Economics students that take part, the competition is aimed at all students who have an interest in learning about the stock market. Schools and colleges are welcome to enter more than one team.
At the end of the competition, the shares are sold and the team with the most money is declared the overall winner. The national winner and four regional winners will be invited to attend a special award ceremony in London and schools can keep any profits made from the competition to use at their discretion.