Investing at school with Sharesies
We’re excited to share what we learnt from our year-long pilot with three secondary schools using Sharesies in the classroom—and how your school can be involved in 2022!
If you’re an educator who’s keen to use Sharesies at your school, complete the form below.
An overview of this year’s pilot
As part of our purpose to create financial empowerment for everyone, we wanted to learn how Sharesies can be used in schools to educate and support the next generation of investors.
In 2021, we ran a pilot with over 70 secondary school students across Manurewa High School, Hastings Boys' High School, and Tauranga Girls' College.
Each student created their own Sharesies account and was gifted money to build their investment portfolio. They had the choice and control to invest in any company or fund available on Sharesies.
The schools used Sharesies in a variety of classes, including Accounting, Business Studies, and Management & International Business. Over the course of the year, we visited the three schools and shared our Investing 101 presentation. The class from Hastings Boys’ visited the Sharesies team in our Wellington office too.
What did we learn from the pilot?
We interviewed the teachers and students in this year’s pilot to learn more about their experience using Sharesies. Here are some of the key themes:
The students were more engaged with learning about investing when they had the opportunity to invest real money, make their own investment decisions, and learn as they go.
“We’re a decile 2 school in a low-income area. For a lot of students, investing is not on their radar. Now it’s become a massive talking point. Other students and teachers are asking about it. Parents have mentioned that it’s sparked conversations about investing at home too.”
— Paula Ferrick, Hastings Boys' High School
Investing became a talking point in the wider school community. Students talked to their peers, whānau, and other teachers about money and investing, creating an impact beyond the classroom.
“Teaching dividends, annual reports, companies, we refer back to Sharesies all the time. The conversations we have in class and understanding they have is so much richer.”
— Leigh Summerville, Tauranga Girls’ College
Supported wider learning
Using Sharesies helped to support wider learning in the classroom, including sourcing information about companies for internal assessments, and reinforcing financial concepts (such as supply and demand, dividends, annual reports, etc.).
“It was cool to be able to celebrate students publicly—they were all cheering each other on. We have great conversations, and we’re all learning together.”
— Brendan Lambert, Manurewa High School
Increased investing confidence
The students initially self-reported their investing confidence as a 3/10 (on average); this increased to 7.5/10 by the end of the year. The classroom provided a safe and supportive environment to learn about investing with others.
The feedback from this year has also helped to structure and streamline our processes for 2022.
Sign up your school to take part in 2022
If you’re an educator who’s keen to use Sharesies at your school to empower students to start investing, we’d love to hear from you! To sign up, check out the info and complete the form below.
How does it work?
This is only for students aged 16 and over (who are eligible to create a Sharesies account). We’ll help students and teachers get set up with their own Sharesies accounts and navigate Sharesies.
If you take part, you’ll also get special access to educational and community support (including an interactive Investing 101 webinar for students and teachers, and the opportunity to connect with other teachers using Sharesies in the classroom).
Schools will need to provide their own sources of funding for students to invest—we recommend an affordable amount that can be invested regularly over a period of time (i.e. $X per week, over X weeks).
If funding is a challenge or barrier for your school, please reach out to us at email@example.com. We have some funding available for schools in need, and will manage this on a case-by-case basis.
We’re really looking forward to kicking this off in the new year! If you have any questions or issues, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ok, now for the legal bit
Investing involves risk. You aren’t guaranteed to make money, and you might lose the money you start with. We don’t provide personalised advice or recommendations. Any information we provide is general only and current at the time written. You should consider seeking independent legal, financial, taxation or other advice when considering whether an investment is appropriate for your objectives, financial situation or needs.