The CORE Project, with the help of our partners FT Secondary Schools, is launching the CORE Schools Economics Challenge 2018. We are challenging students in schools across the world to create an accessible and entertaining short video on an economic topic. This year’s theme is: “Ten years on from the global financial crisis”.

If you need inspiration, you can watch the winning entry from our 2017 competition, by The Academy at Penguin Hall. And if you need an incentive, this year, we are offering generous cash prizes and Amazon vouchers to the winners.

The 2018 Challenge

Using CORE’s The Economy as a resource, present a three-minute video on the theme: “Ten years on from the global financial crisis”

Be creative! Your entry can combine data, charts, economic analysis or references to the work of a particular economic thinker. To get you started, there are a lot of useful resources on our site, particularly Unit 17 of The Economy.

For this year’s competition CORE has partnered with the Financial Times, and you can also find multiple resources on FT Secondary Schools, (right) which offers “articles to help get ahead in exams and interviews”, and is available free online for 16-19 year olds and their teachers. To get access, there’s a simple sign-up for UK schools hereand for schools elsewhere here.

You will compete for three cash prizes:

  • 1st place: £1,500 for the school and £500 Amazon vouchers for students
  • 2nd place: £750 for the school and £300 Amazon vouchers for students
  • 3rd place: £500 for the school and £200 Amazon vouchers for students

Participating schools may each enter one additional collaborative entry with another local school to compete for a separate prize of £1,500 for the school and £500 Amazon vouchers for students.

The closing date for entries is 1 October 2018.

CORE-SEC 2018 Overview

CORE-SEC 2018 Terms and Conditions

CORE-SEC 2018 Entry Form

CORE-SEC 2018 Consent Form


The WCIB Schools Essay Competition

Now in its eleventh year, the Worshipful Company of International Bankers are once again working with us to run their school essay competition.

This is a competition where students can win a cash prize, as well as the opportunity to take part in the WCIB Careers Support programme next Spring, and take part in the Lord Mayor's Show.

To enter, Sixth Form students must write a letter of 1000 words that answers the following: “The Lord Mayor of the City of London is an ambassador for the UK's Financial and Professional Services centre. Write a letter to him explaining your ideas as to how to improve diversity in the City’s workforce."

Full competition details can be found here.

Rules for students can be found here.

A powerpoint slide that could be displayed in assemblies or printed as a poster can be found here.

The deadline for submissions is Saturday 15th September 2018.


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