Fairtrade In Your School


Many schools in the town have lessons about Fairtrade and a large number have a range of activities during Fairtrade Fortnight.

Thriftood School was awarded Fairtrade status on 24 September 2010, the first school in Chelmsford to be awarded this status.

In 2020 the Bishops’ CofE and RC Primary School had its Fairtrade status renewed and perhaps the most inspiring news of the year was how it incorporated a unit of work Matilda Wilsonbased on Fairtrade for Year 5. Furthermore, it used links to Fairtrade for home learning during the Covid-19 crisis. This led to Matilda Wilson, whose photo is shown left, developing an animation which, along with an interview, is featured on the Fairtrade Foundation’s website.

Several other schools are working towards Fairtrade status. Please encourage your school to do the same.

Are You a Fairtrade School? Why become a FAIRTRADE school?

  • Because Fairtrade guarantees a better deal for farmers and workers in the developing world.
  • Because this is your chance to make a real difference.
  • Because its FUN – and you will love it!

You could also become a Fairaware School, a Fairactive School or a Fairachiever School. For information visit the Foundation’s website.

Fairtrade Films and Resources for Schools

Patrick’s Virtual Visit. This film features Patrick Kaberia who talks about Fairtrade and the impact that climate change is having on tea farmers in Kenya. Patrick visited Chelmsford a few years ago and was a guest speaker at Chelmsford Star Co-operative Society’s Fairtrade evening.

Visit this page on the Fairtrade website for further films.

How does your school become a Fairtrade school?

The Fairtrade Foundation provides an excellent educational resource pack for schools. This enables pupils to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to play an effective role in society at national, local and international levels. It also provides suggestions for a School Fairtrade Campaign, provides teaching resources, hints for assemblies and worksheets.

“Fairtrade in your School” also assists in providing knowledge about fairness, social justice, respect for democracy and diversity.

You might also like to look at Global Footprints This provides primary schools with ideas and activities for a sustainable future. Oxfam’s website is also of value for teachers.


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