1. Can we send a paper application for the Fairtrade Schools Award?

No, unfortunately we are unable to accept paper applications. There are a number of reasons for this including storage issues, but we have also had a number of schools’ applications go missing in the post which is very upsetting for the school. The online system is very easy to use and you can upload evidence as you go, throughout the year.

2. We want to start selling Fairtrade. Where can we get products?

Your existing supplier is always a good starting point – if they can’t offer Fairtrade products, you can find a full list of products, local catering suppliers, wholesalers and shops at www.fairtrade.org.uk and in the National Fairtrade Purchasing Guide.

Also, Traidcraft offer great accounts for schools with discounts and an invoicing facility: www.traidcraftschools.co.uk/buy-fair-trade

3. How often does our school need to renew its Fairtrade Status?

You will need to renew your status after a year if you have achieved FairAware; after two years if you have achieved FairActive; and after three years if you have achieved FairAchiever. If you are a Fairtrade School under the previous awards scheme this will mean that you are a FairAchiever school – you will therefore have three years to renew your Fairtrade status.

4. Can a Sixth Form College apply to be a Fairtrade School?

Although we welcome schools with sixth forms, there is a separate scheme for colleges and universities. See Fairtrade Universities.

5. What happens if my school already has a supply contract it can't get out of?

We understand that it isn’t always possible to switch to Fairtrade products immediately but it is worth asking your supplier if they are able to stock Fairtrade products. You could even get pupils to use their persuasive writing skills and write to your supplier.
Even if you can’t change your supply contract, you can still promote Fairtrade through your own events and personal purchasing.

6. We have fundraised money for the Fairtrade Foundation. How should we pay it in?

Firstly, thank you! Your donation will support the projects that we run to bring Fairtrade to more farmers and workers, and to deepen the difference Fairtrade makes to their lives.

You can pay in your fundraised income through a variety of methods:

  • You can send us a cheque. Please make it payable to the Fairtrade Foundation and send it to Fairtrade Foundation, 5.7 The Loom, 14 Gower’s Walk, London E1 8PY
  • Or click here to see our online donation methods – Credit/debit card, PayPal, JustGiving
  • If you would like to pay via BACS, please contact us at fundraising@fairtrade.org.uk or by calling 0203 301 5041

Do let us know your school’s full name and address so that our Fundraising team can send a thank you certificate to your school.

If there’s anything you want to know about your donation or the Fairtrade Foundation’s work, please get in touch on 020 3301 5041 or email fundraising@fairtrade.org.uk

7. Why are you asking for donations?

Farming is an intensive and difficult job, yet many of the farmers who produce our food do not earn enough to feed their own families. Fairtrade believes in a future where farmers and workers receive a fair price and earn a fair wage, so they can feed their families properly, and work their way out of poverty.

Whilst Fairtrade farmers receive the Fairtrade Minimum Price and Premium by selling their produce on Fairtrade terms, money from donations helps us go further. It allows us to run projects that bring Fairtrade to more farmers and workers, challenge unfair trade and deliver programmes that allow farmers to tackle threats such as climate change and crop diseases.

8. How will you spend our donation?

Your donation will support the projects that we run to bring Fairtrade to more farmers and workers, and to deepen the difference Fairtrade makes to their lives. Examples include:

• Increased assistance to farmers and workers to join Fairtrade
• Training to increase yield and quality of crops
• Campaigning for fairer trade policies
• Climate change adaptation programmes
• Support to women farmers to take more equal roles

9. Does our donation go directly to farmers and workers?

Donations are not passed directly to farmers as cash handouts. The aim of Fairtrade is to address a broken food system which currently keeps many farmers and workers living in poverty through unfair trade. We do this through Fairtrade certification and campaigning both within the UK and overseas.

10. Can the Fairtrade Foundation send someone to tell us how to become a Fairtrade School?

We are a very small team and are not always able to come and talk to schools as much as we would like. Do drop us an email though (schools@fairtrade.org.uk) and we will try our best.

There are also nearly 600 Fairtrade Towns and many of them have been working on Fairtrade for a long time, and are only too willing to help schools work on their award. Contact us so we can put you in touch with your nearest Fairtrade town.

Traidcraft also have a network of schools speakers. To find out more go to the Traidcraft website.

11. FAIRAWARE: The learner audit requires sixty pupils to take part but this is not possible in my school?

No problem! Get in touch with us at schools@fairtrade.org.uk and we will be able to change the number required on your account.

This is also true for the Alternative Learner Audit.

12. FAIRAWARE: The learner audit is too complicated for my pupils. Does this mean I can't apply?

Not at all. We have had feedback that the learner audit is too difficult for younger pupils so we have developed the Alternative Learner Audit.

This is an ‘audit’ based on a story-time activity called Pablo the Super-Banana. You can order this as a physical pack or download all of the resources from here.

13. FAIRAWARE: My school has been awarded FairAware. How do I get my certificate?

Well done! You can download your certificate by logging into your school’s online account. Once you have got an award, a button will appear next to the FairAware box that says ‘Certificates and Identities’. If you click on this button you can download your certificate and the FairAware logo to use on your website, newsletter or headed paper.

14. FAIRACTIVE: My school has been awarded FairActive. How do I get my certificate?

Well done! You can download your certificate by logging into your school’s online account. Once you have got an award, a button will appear next to the FairActive box that says ‘Certificates and Identities’. If you click on this button you can download your certificate and the FairActive logo to use on your website, newsletter or headed paper.

15. FAIRACHIEVER: The learner audit requires sixty pupils to take part but this is not possible in my school?

No problem! Get in touch with us at schools@fairtrade.org.uk and we will be able to change the number required on your account.

This is also true for the Alternative Learner Audit.

16. FAIRACHIEVER: The learner audit is too complicated for my pupils. Does this mean I can't apply?

Not at all. We have had feedback that the learner audit is too difficult for younger pupils so we have developed the Alternative Learner Audit.

This is an ‘audit’ based on a story-time activity called Pablo the Super-Banana. You can order this as a physical pack or download all of the resources from here.

17. FAIRACHIEVER: My school has been awarded FairAchiever. How do I get my certificate?

Well done! Your certificate will arrive in the post shortly.

You can also download your certificate by logging into your school’s online account. Once you have got an award, a button will appear next to the FairAchiever box that says ‘Certificates and Identities’. If you click on this button you can download your certificate and the FairAchiever logo to use on your website, newsletter or headed paper.

18. FAIRACHIEVER: We have been continuing our Fairtrade work but are having difficulty meeting the renewal deadline. We are really keen to continue with the award and don't want to lose it. Can you help?

That is fine. Please email us at schools@fairtrade.org.uk before your deadline and we can extend it for you. If your deadline has passed then your award will expire and unfortunately we are not able to reactivate it due to limitations with our system.