At this point the school has fully embedded Fairtrade into their daily life and work to raise awareness of Fairtrade in their local community.
You will need to submit evidence to become a FairAchiever School which will be assessed by an independent assessor. Below are the requirements for this step which you will be able to upload on to the relevant section of your school’s profile page.
Your Fairtrade Group should be responsible for the Fairtrade Policy. This is a record of why the school wants to make a commitment to Fairtrade, and what the school would like to do to support Fairtrade. Please make sure your policy is signed when you upload it.
For a sample policy, click here.
This is a great time to reflect on the Action Plan that you wrote in your previous application and see how many of your goals you have met. It might be that some of them need tweaking now to reflect what has happened since you wrote them.
At this point you will need to carry out another Learner Audit. This asks young people a little about their knowledge, attitudes and opinions about the world around them and should take them around 10 minutes to complete. At least 60 learners should complete the audit – or the whole school if it’s smaller. If you do not have 60 pupils in the school please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org. The Learner Audit can be downloaded, given out to pupils and then collated. These do not have to be the same pupils who completed the audit previously. It is important to know that there are no wrong answers. This should be an honest reflection of the understanding and values of students so please try not to influence the answers in any way. A teacher will need to record the results of the learner audit for self- assessment.
You may wonder why you are being asked to repeat this audit. There are two reasons. Firstly it is useful for your school to see if there is any difference in attitudes before and after their work on Fairtrade. It will also highlight any areas where you may need to do more work. Secondly it provides us with longitudinal data about the impact of the Fairtrade Schools Awards on the knowledge and attitudes of young people.
Please note that if your pupils are under seven years old or have special educational needs we have developed an Alternative Learner Audit which you may find more suitable. The Alternative Learner Audit is based around a story pack for young learners which can be ordered or downloaded here.
For more information on how you could embed learning in your school, download our useful guide.
By the time you are a FairAchiever School you should be using Fairtrade products wherever possible. This might include tea, coffee and sugar in the staff room or at meetings, Fairtrade sugar and dried fruit in Food Technology lessons, Fairtrade fruit and juices in the canteen or Fairtrade cotton uniforms. Obviously some of these switches will be easier to make than others but it is always worth contacting your catering supplier or local authority and seeing if they are able to help in any way. Perhaps your Fairtrade Group could do a presentation to show the benefits.
Because every school is different and what is possible in one school is not always possible in another school, the Fairtrade challenges are designed so that you can pick and choose which one you would like to work towards. It also means that when you renew at FairAchiever you can try something different each time.
For FairAchiever you will need to take two of the challenges below:
This might involve working with your canteen, catering company or even local authority to switch to Fairtrade bananas in your canteen or encouraging a local café or restaurant to switch to Fairtrade ingredients.
Have a look at our Take Action pages and see if there are any national campaigns that your school would like to be involved with or perhaps younger pupils could create a campaign to encourage staff to switch to Fairtrade tea and coffee in the staffroom.
This might be a Fairtrade bake sale, a Fairtrade fashion show or running a stall at a local event to raise awareness of Fairtrade.
This could be through a Fairtrade tuckshop or perhaps a bakesale. Take a look at some of the activities and games that we have such as ideas for event decorations and quiz sheets.
There are many people that you could invite to speak at your school – your local Fairtrade town group may have somebody who would like to come and speak to pupils about Fairtrade. Or get in touch with your local Co-op store to see if they have somebody who can talk about Fairtrade in your school or at a parents’ or community event.
This could be a visit to an exhibition about trade, a schools conference or an event where a Fairtrade producer is speaking. Or talk to your local Co-op store about running a Fairtrade visit, event or activity with them.
This would involve inviting other schools to come along to a day or an afternoon of Fairtrade activities. You can use our schools map to find out which other schools in your area are working towards their Fairtrade Schools Awards. If you would like any help with this challenge please let us know at email@example.com.
Take your learnings and activities to another school in your area, show them what you have been up to and help them begin their Fairtrade journey. Or perhaps you could work with a local Fairtrade towns group on a project to share your Fairtrade work with the wider community.
We’re sure that you have lots of great ideas that would suit your school so do feel free to get creative and come up with another activity that promotes Fairtrade in your school and/or local community.