On Thursday 12th July Our Year 7 students took part in an event called the Game of Life. This fun and educational event, which is part of Ratton’s extensive Careers programme took place in the school playground. With help from our Year 10 student leaders, the Year 7s, who were in small groups, initially chose a career path: either straight into work or the University route. They then worked their way through ‘Life’, which included buying a house, going on holiday, buying a first car, getting married and having a baby! The students learned examples of how much all these things would cost to buy according to the type of house/car/holiday and what a job promotion would mean in terms of a salary increase. At the end of the game, they totalled their ‘money in’ and ‘money out’ to find out whether they had made a profit or loss! The students really enjoyed this event especially at the ‘chance’ table where there were cries of ‘I’ve won the lottery!’! The event got the students thinking about the advantages and disadvantages of leaving school and going straight into a job compared to the advantages and disadvantages of going to University and studying a degree. Thanks to all involved in making this event a successful one.