Our Shares4Schools competition, teaching students about shares

Sixth form students battle other schools in our yearly investment competition.

The competition

Over 100 sixth form students from across the country will be teaming up and competing against others in their region from Monday 29 October 2018 to try and make the biggest gains over a seven month period.

Shares4Schools, our real money investment competition, gives young people the opportunity to invest real money in the stock market in order to introduce them to the world of finance and explore the mechanisms of the stock market.

Improving Financial Education

15 years ago, the competition was set up when we recognised the need to financially equip young adults.

Indeed, in a survey* we conducted, 78% of personal investors revealed that they received no exposure to financial education as part of their school education. Only 18% said it was available to them as part of other subjects such as Maths and Economics, with the remainder learning about the subject through their peers.

With school leavers heading off to University and likely to end their higher education with large debts, the need to financially equip students is more essential than ever. Nearly two thirds of the survey’s respondents believe that they would have made more informed money-related decisions if they had received dedicated financial education at school. Thinking further ahead, rising debt amid millennials, combined with accelerating house prices and the lowered saving ratio emphasises that more needs to be done to help give young adults the financial skills they need for life.

Previous participant’s thoughts

Samuel Burns, who participated in the Shares4Schools competition in 2012, said:
“Participating in the Shares4Schools scheme gave me my first push into my eventual career in finance, and as experiences go S4S felt more like a hobby. I've gone on to work for Deloitte, one of the world's leading financial services providers, and assisted world renowned FTSE100 brands from a financial perspective, and currently on track to be an ACA qualified accountant prior to my 24th birthday. The scheme provided me with a first insight into the financial markets which sparked the interest that would ultimately become my future. I would highly recommend the scheme to everyone; it can provide the platform for future success!”

For further information including how schools can register for the next competition, visit the Shares4Schools website.

*Survey took place in 2017 with 1,120 personal investors participating.