Fairtrade Schools

One of the things we pride ourselves on at Mount Pleasant is being a caring and helpful community, we always make sure that our friends and family are cared for and we always offer support and help. We have decided that we would like to extend our caring and helpful hand to the wider world, making sure that we support children and families like ours all around the world. We would like to do this by gaining Fairtrade Status and bcoming a Fairtrade School.

Use the tabs on the left of the screen to find out more about what we are doing to gain Fairtrade Status.

What is Fairtrade?

Millions of farmers depend on selling their crops to survive, but it's a risky business. When prices drop it can spell disaster. If farmers earn less money than it costs to run their farm, they face real hardship, struggling to buy food or keep their children in school. They may even lose their land altogether. Fairtrade makes sure that farmers and producer organisations get a fair and stable price for their products to help them support their families and invest in a better future.

What is a Fairtrade School?

It is a school that is committed to Fairtrade. This means it helps young people understand about how trade works and how to make global trade fairer. It sells and uses Fairtrade products as far as possible, and takes action for Fairtrade in the school and local community.

How did the Fairtrade Schools scheme come about?

During the last couple of years a number of schools have become Fairtrade Schools working with organisations such as People & Planet, SCIAF, CAFOD, Fairtrade Towns, Development Education Centres and others. Now these organisations have come together to develop a single, unified scheme for all primary and secondary schools across the UK. The new scheme is run by the Fairtrade Foundation.

Why become a Fairtrade School?

Fairtrade offers a better deal for farmers in the developing world. Seven million people - farmers, workers and their families - are better off because of Fairtrade. You can help increase this number.It's only fair that the people who produce what we eat, wear and use should get paid enough to live on and a chance to improve their lives.

Learning about Fairtrade helps young people understand how their actions can affect people in the wider world. Young people are really enthusiastic about Fairtrade - it's a chance to make a difference - and pupils will love it.


Fairtrade Links

020 7405 5942 (London) www.fairtrade.org.uk
All you need to know about Fairtrade, plus teaching resources,
lesson and assembly ideas, photos of farmers,
case studies of producers, video,
board game, powerpoints.

Action Aid

Excellent resources and teacher packs especially the Chembakolli - Life and
Change in an Indian Village - tea party, videos, posters.




Romero Close, London, SW9 9TY 020 7733 7900
Primary Schools
Secondary Schools
Fairtrade resources, lesson & assembly resources, whiteboard activity,
powerpoint presentation. Also great information about Trade Justice,
Make Poverty History- the wider global issues.
Teacher packs, videos games, petitions, campaign materials,
writing to MPs/companies.

Christian Aid

Also www.globalgang.org
Great teaching resources for the wider global issues. Lesson plans,
activity sheets, childrens pages with online game. Similar to the Cafod website.

Comic Relief

5th Floor, 89 Albert Embankment, London, SE1 7TP 020 7850 5555
Database of images, videos, audio, interactive whiteboard, documents.
Comic Relief's Fairtrade Chocolate, Dubble:
(Great fun for children - log on and become a
double agent! Its all about Fairtrade chocolate.) Database of images,
videos, audio, interactive whiteboard, documents.

The Co-operative Group

0800 068 6727 Teaching and resource pack for primary schools (KS2).
The pack includes lots of classroom activities specially designed to introduce
Fairtrade to KS2 students. For more information see

Global Dimension

Wide range of classroom resources on Fairtrade and related themes for all age groups.

International Cocoa Organisation

Trade Section as part of A-Z guide.

Labour Behind the Label

Great website especially for secondary. Looks at working conditions
of clothes makers for our fashion industry. Campaign postcards for
High Street shops, posters of trainers etc.

Make Poverty History

Trade justice campaign materials.


01202 715 933
Online resources,
curriculum ideas, books, videos, posters and games.

Trade Justice campaign for 6th form students.


Free pack containing posters, DVD-ROM,
lesson plans, assemblies.
Downloadable poetry book. Based around
Millennium Development Goals.

Send My Friend

The website contains lesson plans to help you explore
why many children are
missing out on an education and steps for making buddies.

Trade Justice Movement



Kingsway, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear, NE11 0NE 0191 491 0591
Assemblies, lesson plans, images, primary reference materials, games, curriculum links.


Videos, information packs, teaching aids, games.