We believe that Fairtrade can make a difference to the lives of people throughout the world by improving  living and working conditions for the people who grow and produce the things we buy.

When teaching  about Fairtrade and Fairtrade issues, we strive to ensure that all learners understand the concept of global  fairness and the United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of the Child.

We support pupils to explore  issues beyond the classroom and how their choices can make a real difference to people’s lives.

Through our Fairtrade work, we ensure our pupils to study the work of the Fairtrade foundation and help them  promote Fairtrade in the school. We also seek to provide our pupils with the skills and critical thinking  strategies to make a positive contribution to the world in which they live.  

Fairtrade Implementation  

The following strategies show a commitment to Fairtrade is implemented at Carleton Endowed CE VA  Primary School:  

  • Fairtrade and Fairtrade issues are embedded into the school curriculum, for all ages of pupils and  into the school’s ethos.  
  • Fairtrade is a key issue which is used as a lens to further explore the school’s Christian values  and to ensure that all pupils understand the importance of ‘fairness’.  
  • The children’s knowledge and understanding of Fairtrade and the issues are built upon year on  year and, where appropriate, pupils are challenged to think critically about dealing with issues  such as poverty, inequality and sustainability.  
  • An annual Fairtrade Collective Worship is held.  
  • Fairtrade products are used wherever possible such as tea, coffee and sugar in the staffroom, at  meetings and at school events.  
  • Fairtrade products are used where possible in cross curricular lessons such as cooking sessions  and artwork.  
  • The school’s Fairtrade committee meet regularly and plan events the promote the importance of  Fairtrade with the Fairtrade subject leader. The Fairtrade committee is made up of pupils from  both Key Stage One and Key Stage Two to ensure a range of pupils are actively exploring this  issue.  
  • The school celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight annually and each class completes a series of Fairtrade  workshops.  
  • Fairtrade tuck shop occurs on the first Friday of each month. The Fairtrade committee run the  tuck shop and sell Divine Chocolate Bars, Fairtrade Jellybeans and Flapjacks.  
  • New issues and updates to pedagogy relating to Fairtrade and the Global Dimension are  regularly shared at staff meetings by the Fairtrade subject leader.  
  • A Fairtrade subject action plan is constructed each year by the subject leader to plan and reflect  on the next steps for raising the profile of Fairtrade in the school. 

Fairtrade Impact  

We endeavour to ensure that all children understand the importance of Fairtrade and recognise their roles  and responsibilities as global citizens. To help monitor this, monitoring exercises are carried out  throughout the year with pupils and staff in the form of pupil interviews and staff questionnaires.

These  data collection tools gather information on the learning experiences in the classroom, produce supplied in  school (tea, coffee, fruit etc) and pupil awareness of Fairtrade and of events organised. The Fairtrade  subject leader analyses this data and then works with the Fairtrade committee to identify the next  priorities for development required on the Fairtrade action plan.