1. Overview

This policy describes the commitment Carleton Endowed Primary School has to supporting Fairtrade and how this support is implemented through our curriculum, ethos and school calendar. The policy is influenced by the work of the United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of the Child, the ‘Fairtrade schools’ standards and the unique needs and context of our school.

2. Fairtrade Intent

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 leaners 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.

3. 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.

4. Fairtrade Impact

We endeavor to ensure that all children understand the importance of Fairtrade and recognize 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.