Oxfordshire’s special schools test their consumer and safety knowledge ... 20th anniversary quiz

Oxfordshire County Council’s Trading Standards Service is hosting its annual consumer challenge quiz for special schools on Monday 18 March 2019.

The competition, for children with learning difficulties, is in its 20th year. Students demonstrate their knowledge of consumer rights and safety in a practical way, whilst working as a team. The quiz will take place at Unipart House in Cowley.

Eight special needs schools will be taking part, each represented by a four-person team.

Bardwell School in Bicester, Bishopswood School in Sonning Common, Fitzwaryn School in Wantage, Kingfisher School in Abingdon, Mabel Prichard School in Oxford, John Watson School in Wheatley and Springfield School in Witney will compete against the champions of 2018, The Iffley Academy of Oxford.

Essential life skills

The competition teaches life skills and consumer knowledge in a fun and friendly way; part of the council’s commitment to a thriving community. The quiz is mainly visual and hands-on, rather than a standard question and answer format. Everyone, including the audience, can take part.

Also included is a poetry and mascot competition for fellow students who are not members of their quiz team.

Councillor Judith Heathcoat, the County Council’s cabinet member for Community Safety, said:

“The community action quiz promises to be a super event. We know teams enjoy themselves and get a better understanding of consumer rights because of the fun and informative experience.

“I really enjoy attending, seeing the young people have such a wonderful time and participating with so much enthusiasm!

“The fact that the event has been running for 20 years shows the importance of consumer rights in the modern world. It is also a real pleasure to help boost the confidence of these young people.”