Young Consumers Competition, Oval January 2016

The CTSI Young Consumers of the Year Competition is a unique competition for schools and youth groups in England, Scotland and Wales. The competition is organised by the Chartered Trading Standards Institute and its Consumer Education Liaison Group; it allows teams of four 14-17 year olds to compete in a knockout consumer quiz. This year Sacred Heart had three Year 12 teams reach the Southwark semi-finals where the students were tested on a wide range of issues including consumer and law, food and health, safety and the environment, managing money and finance, credit and the European dimension. The purpose of the competition is to make young people aware of their consumer responsibilities and rights.

The competition was tight and two teams reached the final; Team A was Jael, Erly, Nana and Dami and Team B was Samia, Ana, Naomi and Adewale. Team A secured the highest points against St Olaves and St Saviours. The competition was brought to a tie break, after four intense tie-break questions, Sacred Heart Team A were pipped to the podium! It was an eventful competition and a disappointing outcome for the students initially. This soon faded as they reflected on their preparation and the skills that they had developed during the competition.

  • I miss our enrichment with Trading Standards on a Wednesday – Erly
  • Learning about the consumer laws was insightful and will be useful when I am out shopping – Jael
  • I learned how to work and support my team to reach the final – Nana
  • It encouraged me to follow the news, which has also helped me in my A-Levels too – Blessing
  • It helped my confidence as we were in front of the Southwark Mayor, the press and the other competitors - Adewale

Mrs A Sparkes
Head of Business Studies