Sixth Form Management Games

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CIPFA North East conclude their 2014 sixth-form management game season on a high

In 2014, for the first time, three games were held. It proved to be a big ask for a relatively small region in terms of member and student numbers but 33 volunteers responded to the plea for volunteers and took part in one or more of the games. They did a magnificent job and attracted a deserved positive feedback from the students even the ones who were shocked at people “shouting at them”. Overall 18 teams with 123 students competed in the this year’s games in three locations across the region; South Tyneside College on 10 October, Your Homes Newcastle on 17 October and Carmel College Darlington on 7 November.

Based on the fictional Borough Council of Lyechester the teams were faced with the need to identify revenue savings initially £5m (which increased as the day went on) whilst at the same time coming up with schemes to bid for a further £2m to spend on reducing unemployment and then having to build in the revenue costs arising from their proposed schemes. Their two major tasks were to draft a report outlining their proposals and then do a presentation to the Councillors.

Throughout the day they were faced with a variety of interruptions including facing a very irate union official, the local press and a disgruntled local MP, all trying to influence them in their decision making. It was also exposing the teams to everyday working life in the public sector at the moment with constant interruptions and changing goalposts.

Each game produced an intense competition but unfortunately there can only be one winner at each venue. This year they were;

  • 10 October game was won by St Joseph’s School Jarrow who beat of strong competition from two teams from South Tyneside College, St Thomas More School North Shields, St Wilfred’s School South Shields and Conyers School Yarm.
  • 17 October game was won by one of the two Cramlington Learning Village teams They retained their title having won last year’s game. They beat off competition from a fellow Cramlington LV team, two teams from Heaton Manor School Newcastle, St Mary’s Catholic School Newcastle and Kings Priory School Tynemouth
  • 7 November game was won by the “ local” home team” Carmel College beating schools from St Bede’s Lanchester, St Bede’s Peterlee, St John’s Bishop Auckland, St Anthony’s Girl Academy Sunderland and St Leonard’s Durham.

The winners each received a £15 I-Tunes voucher in addition each mentor nominated a star of the day from each team who were also presented with a £15 I-Tune voucher.

Positive feedback was received from the students and their teachers alike and it is certainly something we will be looking to continue to expand next year to allow more teams enjoy the experience.

Feedback from students and their teachers:

  • 'My School team were really engaged in the whole process managing tasks within the time constraints and it provided them a great opportunity for them to develop team and individual skills by the nature of the tasks set.'
  • 'I thought this was a fabulous event, one that truly stretched the students in the most realistic scenario I have ever witnessed in this type of challenge. My group of students loved it.'
  • 'It was one of the best competitions we have ever attended, we were impressed how well organised and run it was. Many thanks for the opportunity – will you be doing it next year?'
  • 'Fun with a pressure twist, great.'
  • 'It has helped me see the pressure people work under when a time limit is put on things.'
  • 'Found it really fun and fast pace.'
  • 'It has changed my view on how well the public sector functions and the decisions involved with job roles.'
  • 'I feel I now have had an example of what actually goes on I would like to consider doing this in the future as I really enjoyed it.'

CIPFA North East extend their thanks to the volunteers who gave up their day to help the students, their teachers and the students themselves who embraced the challenges and made each day so much fun whilst being a full on pressure for everybody involved.

We also extend out thanks to the venues that provided the accommodation free of charge and in particular to Mazars who kindly sponsored the winner’s prizes and a number of volunteers.

The event at Carmel College on 7 November was the subject of a feature article in the Northern Echo