Young Consumers of the Year Competition
Young Consumers of the Year competition (External link) invites teams of four young people to compete in a knockout quiz which tests them on a range of consumer issues which helps them to become more informed and confident consumers. Topics covered include:
- Consumer Affairs
- Money and Finance
- Food and Drink
- Safety and the Environment
- Europe and Travel
The competition, co-ordinated by the Trading Standards Institute, involves schools from across the country that rise to the annual challenge to become the nation's top young consumers.
Playsafe (External Link) is a fun competition run by Trading Standards in association with the British Toy and Hobby Association.
This competition is a challenge for youngsters in two age groups 6-11 and 12-17 years to design a toy that is right for children aged between 3-7 years.
As well as putting their ideas on paper, the children have to back up the ideas with notes that explain safety features, the play and child development benefits, whether a toy is for outdoor or indoor use, and if it is suitable for children with special needs.
Ensuring toys are safe is an important part of our work and this competition helps to highlight the features necessary for a child's toy.
Consumer Challenge Quiz
The Consumer Challenge Quiz is a special event for children with learning difficulties, which has been developed in conjunction with trading standards and special needs teachers.
The questions are based on curriculum material and the format is very interactive, and is designed to help vulnerable young people cope with consumer rights.
To enter students must be in full-time education and generally aged between 14 and 17 years and/or at key stage 3/4.
The teams face questions on a variety of subjects including consumer rights, signs and symbols, organisations which can help, how to complain and food matters. This helps to raise their awareness of consumer issues and their rights.
For further information on this competition please contact Jean Glover on 01942 489637.
Easter Egg 'Value for Money' Competition
Each year Wigan Council Trading Standards run an easter competition for year 4, 5 or 6 pupils, based on the concept of "value for money".
The competition is designed to test the pupil’s skills in literacy, numeracy and science when considering the very important purchase of Easter eggs!
The children are asked to compare 3 easter eggs in terms of their weight, packaging, price, contents and (of course) taste, so they may decide which is the best "value for money".
The competition has three main aims:
- To contribute to project work which can be integrated with the class curriculum.
- To improve young people’s consumer skills and awareness, and
- To help a busy teacher introduce the concept of "citizenship" while involving the class in a fun competition.
The outcome should be a display of the children’s work on the project, and should include pictures, written descriptions, drawings or photographs etc.
Displays are judged on attractiveness of presentation, informative content, overall effort (taking into account the ages of the children involved), the balance between teacher and pupil contribution to the final entry and there are bonus marks for originality!
For further information about any of these competitions contact Jean Glover on 01942 489637.
Also see the links below for trading standards and consumer issues: