On April 27, the 2016 Student Investor Challenge final was held at ifs University College. Eight teams of four students from schools across the UK battled it out to be named the 2016 Student Investor Challenge champions, and win a trip to New York and £2000.
Students gear up to start the first challenge at the Student Investor Challenge final, held at ifs University College.
More than 40,000 students from all across the UK took part in this year's Student Investor Challenge. Here two members from the Bishop Luffa, Church of England School start trading.
The teams worked for almost seven months competing in a range of challenges which tested their knowledge of the stock market. Here, members of the team from Oldham Hulme Grammar School work during the Student Investor Challenge final.
The first challenge was to increase virtual portfolios on the stock market, while demonstrating key investing knowledge and skills. Here, a member from the Tiffin School team looks serious during the Student Investor Challenge final.
Alison Pask, Vice Principal Financial Capability & Community Outreach at ifs University College said all finalists performed 'remarkably well'.
The Student Investor Challenge is the largest competition of its kind for schools in the UK. Here, the team from Isambard Community School concentrate on the investment challenge during the Student Investor Challenge final.
The Student Investor Challenge competition is designed to improve students' understanding of investing and finance. Here, students from the Yarm School work during the Student Investor Challenge final.
The competition is run by ifs University College and is open to all secondary schools in the UK. The team from The King's (The Cathedral) School, Peterborough work during the Student Investor Challenge final.
By winning the Student Investor Challenge, students can win an educational trip to New York, as well as money for their school.
Students were required to take part in a live trading session, and give a presentation on a specific topic. Here, students from the Yarm School take part in the presentation session.
Judges were able to ask questions of the teams to assess their investing knowledge. Judge Alex Fraser, Principal of ifs, questions one of the teams after their presentation.
The team from Tiffin School undertake their presentation in front of a large audience.
Judges included BBC journalist, Steph McGovern, Principal of ifs, Alex Fraser, COO of Young Entrerprise, Sharon Davies (pictured), and Head of UK Wholesale Distribution at AXA Investment Managers, Robert Bailey (pictured).
The competition's aim is also to help key employability skills such as researching, teamwork and confidence. In this picture, a student from the Abingdon School showcases his team's presentation.
Judge Steph McGovern said: “I know the importance of taking part in competitions like the Student Investor and I hope they use the skills and experience they have gained throughout their careers.”
The team from Isambard Community School won a special commendation award for best use of media in a presentation. In this picture, the teachers from Isambard Community School applaud the win.
The Isambard Community School team won a trip to Manchester to tour the BBC Studios from Steph McGovern.
The team from Queen Elizabeth's Boys school came third - winning £1000 for their school.
The team from Bishop Luffa, Church of England School, came second - winning £1500 for their school.
The team from Tiffin School came first, winning the trip to New York and £2000 for their school. Judges said: The team deciphered complex information and presented it in an informative and accessible way. The level of research and analysis they demonstrated was superb.
Find out more about the Student Investor Challenge.