Sixth Form Management Games

A stimulating and fun environment for post-16 students (Years 12 and 13) to sample the scope, complexity and impact of financial management in the public sector.

The games are intended to help fill a gap in business studies courses, which concentrate on commercial activities and often do not cover the public sector. They are held in June and July across the Midlands, hosted by universities and similar venues. Since 2006, some 90 schools and colleges have provided over 200 teams at 40 games. Each game takes a full day and is an excellent introduction to the world of work and a way of developing and strengthening teamwork, leadership, management and organisational skills.

The 2018 games

The 2018 games are underway!

  • Wednesday 13 June – Worcester University - won by Pershore School.
  • Wednesday 20 June – Birmingham University -  a very close game, won by St Augustine's School, Redditch.
  • Wednesday 27 June – Lincoln University
  • Wednesday 4 July – De Montfort University, Leicester
  • Wednesday 4 July – Staffordshire University, Stoke
  • Wednesday 11 July – Nottingham Trent University - CANCELLED
CIPFA members, students and their colleagues are encouraged to volunteer to help – the games are a very rewarding experience!

The 2017 games

Thanks to all the schools and students for their effort and enthusiasm, and congratulations to the winning teams. Thanks also to the universities across the midlands for hosting the games.

The winning teams were from the Ashby School, Solihull School, Barr Beacon, Newcastle-under-Lyme College, De Aston School, the Tollbar Academy and John Taylor High School.

What happens at the games

Schools/colleges are given background information before the event. Upon arrival, each school/college forms a management team, with each student taking on a role, eg chief executive, director of finance, director of housing. They are provided with further information relevant to their portfolio and the management team is set an initial task – for example, to produce a draft report by lunchtime.

As life is not always straightforward, interruptions are thrown in and each team has to decide how to handle these while completing the main task. After lunch, the teams receive a 'bombshell' and must revise their plans, with further interruptions to add that extra sense of reality. Finally, they usually deliver a presentation on their decisions and recommendations. The teams usually beaver away with great enthusiasm.

Like to learn more about the games? Download a leaflet.

How to take part

If you have links with a Midlands school or college with post-16 students which may be interested in taking part in future games, please encourage them to contact Chris Gill or Kelly Watson, E:

We are looking for support from members – general, student and retired, all welcome – to help take forward these very successful games. Please contact E: for more information.