Oxfordshire’s special schools test their consumer and safety knowledge

Children from special schools across Oxfordshire will take part in Oxfordshire County Council’s trading standards’ annual consumer challenge at Unipart House in Cowley on Thursday 30 March.   

The challenge is a competition for children with learning difficulties where students demonstrate their knowledge of consumer rights and safety in a practical, fun way, while working as a team.

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

Richard Webb, Oxfordshire County Council’s Assistant Director of Regulatory Services and Community Safety, said: “This promises to be a really exciting event. We know the teams enjoy themselves and they get a better understanding of consumer rights because of the fun and informative experience.

“The fact that the event has been running for over 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.”

The competition teaches life skills and consumer knowledge through a visual and hands-on quiz. Everyone, including the audience, can take part. A mascot competition for fellow students who are not members of their quiz team is also included.

Schools taking part include Bardwell School (Bicester), Endeavour School, (Headington), The Iffley Academy (Oxford), Kingfisher School (Abingdon), Mabel Prichard School (Oxford), John Watson School (Wheatley), Woodeaton Manor (Woodeaton) and Springfield School (Witney).


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