Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Special Needs Pupils 'Know Their Rights' Answers!

Pupils from special schools in Cambridgeshire proved they had the ‘rights stuff’ in a consumer quiz organised by the County Council’s Trading Standards team.

This year four schools took part in the quiz - Highfields (Ely); Meadowgate (Wisbech); Samuel Pepys (St Neots) and Spring Common (Huntingdon) – with participants and their supporters enjoying one of the most hotly contested Competitions in its history!

Eventually the team from Highfield took the gold medal. After a very close run with the remaining three schools tied, a tie breaker question resulted in Samuel Pepys coming second, with Meadowgate third and Spring Common fourth.

Consumer Challenge is designed for youngsters with special educational needs, helping to equip them with the knowledge and skills to be confident consumers when they are older.

The quiz follows a series of consumer workshops at the schools covering topics such as money and finance, shoppers rights, food labelling, age related purchases and recycling.

County Council Cabinet Member for Enterprise and Skills, Councillor Mathew Shuter, said: “Trading Standards does a really good job in supporting our communities and providing people with the knowledge they need to stand up for their rights.

“Holding a quiz is a fun way for the pupils to compete against each other and to learn about issues that may affect them in later life.”

Trading Standards Officer Sarah Freeman, who organised the quiz, said: “It is important that the pupils are made aware of their consumer rights and other trading standards related issues, and teachers always tell us that this is a fun way for the pupils to learn and become better informed consumers in the future.”