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Top student managers at Moorlands Sixth Form in Cheadle

By Cheadle Post and Times  |  Posted: July 06, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

  • Moorlands Sixth Form students at the event.

  • Moorlands Sixth Form students at the event.

  • Moorlands Sixth Form students at the event.

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Sixth formers from Cheadle came out tops at a management day involving students from across the Midlands.

Sixth form students from across the Midlands met at Staffordshire University recently to take part in a management team game that saw them acting out the roles of the management team in the fictional borough council of Lyechester.

The game was a Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) team management exercise and is one of a series taking place throughout the Midlands this summer.

In the day-long exercise the student management teams faced scenarios such as a visit from their local MP, an angry Trade Union Official and a press enquiry and subsequent press conference. All this while trying to continue the day job of balancing the council's budget, making significant cuts and continuing to provide services with reduced funding.

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Six schools from across the region took part in the exercise including Westwood College in Leek and Moorlands Sixth Form Centre from Cheadle, with the latter team being the eventual winner on the day.

A spokesman for the Cheadle team said: "Today has persuaded me to look into a career in this area.

"We learned that councils must make decisions that most often conflict and also are under time pressure."

Students and qualified CIPFA accountants were on hand to guide the sixth formers through the day and were impressed by their composure while under significant pressure and the standard of work that they produced throughout the day.

Chris Gill the CIPFA volunteer who led the day said: "This CIPFA management game is a brilliant opportunity for students to understand the way our public finances are managed and the difficulties our finance teams have in choosing between competing and often equally important priorities.

"The students involved today really threw themselves into the game, they remained engaged throughout the day and hopefully will have taken much away that will be useful for their future careers and general development.

"This country needs the best managers to be running our local authorities and other public services and perhaps some of these young people are the public sector finance directors of the future."

The game, devised and run by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA), is intended to help fill a gap in Business Studies courses, which tend to concentrate on commercial activities and often do not cover the public sector in any way.

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