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Trading standards team put schools to the test

Cumbria County Council’s trading standards team has once again held the successful Consumer Challenge Quiz which educates young people with how to be consumer savvy. 

The event was held again this year last Friday (9 May) at Penrith Leisure Centre. 

The main aim of the quiz was to encourage and help school pupils with moderate learning difficulties become more confident consumers and be more aware of their shoppers’ rights, plus other issues which will affect them including safety, the environment and legal matters.  

On the day, the teams, consisting of four pupils, from four schools from across the county put their heads together to agree on a solution to the question or about a situation put to them. The schools who took part in this year’s quiz were: 


Sandgate School, Kendal 

Sandside Lodge, Ulverston 

Whinfell School, Kendal (winners) 

James Rennie School, Carlisle 

Before the quiz, officers from trading standards visited the teams and pupils to deliver advice and education around consumer matters. 

The quiz was originally developed by Birmingham trading standards in order to help young people with learning difficulties to become better informed consumers.  Other authorities now take part and there is an opportunity for the winning team in Cumbria to participate in the national final. 

Mike Smyth, Public Protection Manager said: “This is the second time the Consumer Challenge quiz has been held and it’s a fantastic opportunity for these young people to learn more about being confident and independent consumers. I believe it’s important that everyone is aware of their consumer rights and educating young people in this way is a step towards achieving this.” 

Radio Cumbria presenter Mike Zeller once again hosted this event.  He said: “I was delighted to have been asked to host the Consumer Challenge Quiz again. It’s a great event which allows the children to develop teamwork, and learn, whilst having a lot of fun.” 


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DATE: 13 May 2014