On 19th January 2018, Greenhead College welcomed year 10 and 11 students from nine local schools into college to participate in the Real World Economics event.
The day consisted of the schools taking part in a friendly economics based competition, all planned and hosted by Greenhead’s A-Level Economics students.
The nine schools in attendance were: Moor End Academy, Westborough High School, Colne Valley High School, King James School, Holmfirth High, Salendine Nook Academy, Huddersfield Grammar School, Royds Hall Community School and Kettlethorpe High School, who brought along of some of their business studies students to take part.
Throughout the morning the A-Level students delivered various informative and educational presentations on topics such as; privatisation vs nationalisation of the NHS and income inequality. The teams were then set a number of activities, in which they were scored points on, such as delivering a presentations, work sheets and finishing with an economics quiz to round up everything they have learnt.
The winning team at the end of the event were students from Holmfirth High school who said that ‘they loved learning more about what A-Level Economics might entail.
Students from King James School said:
‘It’s been great, we’ve learnt a lot about economics and particularly enjoyed the NHS data task. We are definitely interested in studying A-Level Economics after this’.
The economics students spent months organising the event from liaising with the schools, to producing a magazine, to delivering engaging presentations suitable for their target audience, to providing goody bags for the teams to take away afterwards.
Economics teacher Peter Davies commented:
We are delighted by the responses of the students who attended and how engaged they were throughout. It is not easy to keep so many young students so engaged but our students managed to do that! This event has helped them boost so many of their skills from using their initiative, enterprise, creativity and presenting to suit the target audience – which isn’t easy! We would also like to thank the teachers from all the schools for allowing their children out of school for the morning to attend, during a busy time in the academic year.