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Teenagers show they won't be challenged on their rights

Pupils from Birmingham are celebrating after they emerged victorious from more than 200 special school teams that entered a national consumer knowledge quiz for children with learning difficulties.

The team of three from Lindsworth North School won the Consumer Challenge Quiz national final, held at the Trading Standards Institute (TSI) annual conference and exhibition in Brighton on Tuesday 30 June.

Winners Ryan Austin, aged 16, Kyle Causer, aged 15 and Liam Chaplain, aged 15 took home a bundle of prizes including £1,000 for their school, and a camcorder and £50 Argos vouchers each.

Higher level teaching assistant Margaret Buet said that everyone at the school were over the moon.  She said: 'This is absolutely fantastic, we never dreamt that we might win.  Our team of three boys have been so interested to learn more and it has paid off! 

'This achievement has been a huge boost to their self confidence and something that they can be very proud of - we all are at the school.

'This competition has been a very positive experience and something that will stay with Ryan, Kyle and Liam for a long time.

'The boys have some great ideas about how we will spend the money for the school, but we haven't decided anything yet.'

The Consumer Challenge Quiz is an initiative organised by Mike Gutowski, principal education officer for Birmingham City Council's trading standards service.

Mike said: 'We launched the Consumer Challenge Quiz a few years ago for children with learning difficulties. They are a particularly vulnerable group and the quiz helps them to become informed consumers. Teachers tell us that it also boosts their self esteem, team working and life skills.'

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The Consumer Affairs and Trading Standards Conference 2009

The national Consumer Affairs and Trading Standards Conference 2009, organised by the Trading Standards Institute (TSI) is a 'must' for consumer journalists!

The TSI-hosted annual Conference and Exhibition is the leading consumer affairs and trading standards event in Europe.

The 2009 Conference is being held at the Brighton Centre from Tuesday 30 June to Thursday 02 July. The conference press office will be open from 9am on Monday 29 June (the day before the event starts) until 5pm on Thursday 02 July.

Journalists and photographers are welcome to attend but should contact the press office on 0845 608 9430 to arrange passes.

The conference is hosted by TSI chairman Peter Denard and the main sponsor is the British Toy and Hobby Association.

Some 3,000 people are attending the conference, including representatives from local and central government and those interested in fair trading, representatives of business and commerce, together with consumer organisations. This makes it an ideal place for consumer affairs journalists to mingle and make contacts!

Trading Standards Institute

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Our aim is to promote excellence and enhance the professionalism of our members in support of empowering and informing consumers, encouraging and working with honest businesses, targeting rogue traders and rogue trading practices and contributing to the health, welfare and wellbeing of citizens and communities.

TSI members are engaged in delivering frontline trading standards services in local authorities in response to 2 million consumer and business complaints and enquiries each year. They support the delivery of new initiatives such as Consumer Direct, providing first point of contact practical consumer advice.

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