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Langley Park School for Boys, Beckenham

Langley Park School for Boys, Beckenham

University of Langley Park is a short, sharp, two-week programme of unconventional lessons for Year 12 students returning to school after the completion of the AS-Level exams.

Its aim is to energise the students and give Year 13 an inspirational start, with a ‘university seminar’ feel to the programme to give students responsibility and autonomy. The emphasis is very much on independent study, mirroring the intensity of university academic rigour. Students are introduced to a topic and then set a meaningful, relevant and challenging project to be completed in their own time.

For my Financial Services course, I used Stock Market Challenge to introduce the students to the impact of top-down and bottom-up news-flow on share prices. I interspersed the trading sessions with talks by financial services industry practitioners: an economist, a private client wealth manager, and an equity analyst. They explained their roles and how they provide advice to institutions and individuals on investment.

We finished the two-day programme with a final Dealing Room game trading session, during which the students were better able to gauge the likely impact of the game’s news-flow on the equity prices and the exchange rate of the US dollar.

The students were then tasked to research and write an evaluation of the importance of three specific job roles in financial services, highlighting their positive and negative aspects. Generally, the feedback was very positive and the students enjoyed the activity.

Nick Seaward, Business Studies & Economics Teacher

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