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Looking for an activity to kick start your teaching of year 2 A level Economics?

Jonny Clark

26th May 2016

Here's a new variation on one of our most popular activities - The Government Game (International Competitiveness version). It is an hour long activity aimed primarily at students who have just finished their Year 1 exams (or syllabus) and are looking to continue into Year 2. It assumes that your students would have an understanding of macro economic objectives and the impact of government policies on those objectives. In this version of the game, students are attempting to make their economy as competitive as possible on the international trade front by keeping inflation now, prevent a rise in exchange rates, and improve productivity and infrastructure.

The game lasts for 12 rounds and in each round the students (separated into teams) choose a policy from a list of 28 possible options. Their choice impacts either positively or negatively on the four objectives stated above. Alongside this, students must attempt to keep the National Debt level below 100% of GDP. It's a real challenge!

The winning team is the team with the highest government score after the 12 rounds. The Powerpoint contains all that you need (including slides that can be printed off for students) and gives the teacher some plenary questions to ask after the game is finished. The scores for individual policies can be edited by the teacher (or students) if you disagree with the scores given by our team here at tutor2u.

Its the perfect way for your Year One students to take their macro economic knowledge and apply this to an international competitiveness criteria in preparation for the Year 2 emphasis.

There's an instruction video below.


Jonny Clark

Jon Clark has been teaching economics and business studies for over 25 years primarily in the Further Education sector. Before joining tutor2u, he was a senior manager at South Cheshire College in Crewe.

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