Did you know that Clavering was the first school in Hartlepool to achieve 'FAIRACHIEVER' status from the Fairtrade Foundation?

Dear parents, carers, children and other interested parties,

At Clavering Primary School, we believe that learning about Fairtrade issues is an extremely powerful way for children to find out about issues beyond the classroom and make a positive contribution to the world in which they live. It is an opportunity to learn about how individual consumer choices can make a real difference to people's lives.

Clavering Primary School is committed to learning about, promoting and taking action for Fairtrade wherever possible. We believe that Fairtrade can make a difference to the lives of young people throughout the world by improving living and working conditions for the people who grow the things we buy.

This section of our school website celebrates our ongoing commitment to Fairtrade and our achievements as a 'FairAchiever' school!

Best wishes, 

Mr N. C. McAvoy and Miss L. Dent

Fairtrade Champions

Did you know that our Fairtrade work (as part of our wider commitment to conservation, sustainability, adventurous activities and outdoor learning) has won the prestigious 'Best of Hartlepool' Award? What an achievement!


If you're not sure what Fairtrade actually is, please click here to access our 'What is Fairtrade?' webpage; likewise, if you're wondering why you should buy Fairtrade products, please click here to access our 'Why buy Fairtrade?' wepage which was written by one of our previous Fairtrade Steering Groups.

If you're wondering about how or where you could buy Fairtrade products, please click here to access our 'Buying and selling Fairtrade products' webpage.

Finally, if you want to download a copy of our Fairtrade Policy, please click here.

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Every year, we establish a Fairtrade Steering Group to champion Fairtrade across the school. In the past, we have included representatives from the pupils, teachers, support staff and governing body, so that it's a whole-school effort, with many different opinions, skills, experiences and ideas. We have now evolved to a stage where we feel that our pupils are capable of leading the group themselves with the support of our Fairtrade Champions, Mr McAvoy and Miss Dent, and the Hartlepool Fairtrade Steering Group that we have excellent links with. The children take as much reponsibility as possible for planning, making decisions, organising events and writing letters. Please click here to access our Fairtrade Steering Group webpage.


Click on the links below to access webpages dedicated to each of the last seven Fairtrade Fortnights:

Every year, we promote and take action for Fairtrade in partnership with the Fairtrade Foundation and the Hartlepool Fairtrade Steering Group. This includes learning about Fairtrade in the Spring Term and whole-school challenges during Fairtrade Fortnight led by our Fairtrade Steering Group. 


Our ongoing commitment to learn about, promote and take action for Fairtrade has attracted a lot of publicity over the last few years: our activities have been featured on various Fairtrade-related social media accounts (including the Fairtrade Foundation and Fairtrade Schools), our work has been used as an example of best practice by the Hartlepool Fairtrade Steering Group, and we have had numerous articles published in the Hartlepool Mail. Please click here to take a closer look at these articles.

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We were awarded 'FairAchiever' status by the Fairtrade Foundation in 2014!

In 2014, the Fairtrade Foundation relaunched the Fairtrade Schools Programme. The programme now has three levels: ‘FairAware’, ‘FairActive’ and, the top level, ‘FairAchiever’.

We are delighted to say that we were contacted by the Fairtrade Foundation to say that they automatically awarded Clavering with ‘FairAchiever’ status because of the outstanding quality of the school’s work and commitment to Fairtrade.

CONGRATULATIONS to everyone in the Clavering Family who has learnt about, promoted and taken action for Fairtrade!


We were first awarded 'Fairtrade School' status in 2012!

A 'Fairtrade School' is a school that is committed to Fairtrade. This means it uses Fairtrade products; it learns about how global trade works and why Fairtrade is important; and it takes action for Fairtrade in the school and the wider community.

In order to gain Fairtrade School Status, we had to satisfy the Fairtrade Foundation that we had met all five 'Fairtrade Goals. The Clavering Fairtrade Steering Group submitted evidence to the Fairtrade Foundation on behalf of the school.

Read on to find out what the Fairtrade Foundation think about some of our Fairtrade practices and activities...

Overall, what did the Fairtrade Foundation think about our application for Fairtrade School Status?

The Fairtrade Foundation concluded that our application to gain ‘Fairtrade School Status’ was ‘one of the best applications [they] have seen. It was a real pleasure to assess.’ They commented that it ‘is clear that the school has made a real effort to make sure Fairtrade is embedded in the school, that the pupils have the opportunity to learn about it and share what they have learnt with the wider community; and that all this is done while having a lot of fun.

‘Well done to everyone involved, it is our pleasure to award Clavering Primary School with the well deserved Fairtrade School Status. Keep up the great work!’

What does the Fairtrade Foundation think about the leadership of Clavering’s Fairtrade endeavours (including the Fairtrade Steering Group)?

The Fairtrade Foundation praised us for our ‘well thought through Fairtrade Action Plan’ and ‘the methodological approach [we have taken] in order to embed Fairtrade in the school.’

They thought that we had written and introduced an ‘excellent Fairtrade Policy’. They thought it was ‘especially good to see that [we] have not only stated what [we] were committing to achieve, but also why [we] are supporting Fairtrade.’

The Fairtrade Foundation was impressed by ‘the contribution of [our] Steering Group with pupils from different classes.’

What does the Fairtrade Foundation think about our activities during the annual Fairtrade Fortnights?

They praised our events during Fairtrade Fortnight (‘We are glad that you took part in our Fairtrade cotton bunting challenge’; ‘We love the Clavering Fairtrade Collage!’) and the 'Take a Step for Fairtrade' Fairtrade Fortnights (‘We are glad so many people took a step for Fairtrade during Fairtrade Fortnight this year!’).

They really like seeing our ‘Lovely pictures of the assemblies, cotton bunting, and other events. It looks like everyone worked very hard but had a lot of fun too!’

What does the Fairtrade Foundation think about how the school’s curriculum provides opportunities to learn about Fairtrade?

With regards our curriculum, the Fairtrade Foundation commented on our ‘really methodological approach to Fairtrade in the curriculum’.

They felt that there ‘is a good mix between use of existing resources (i.e. videos) and new ideas to introduce Fairtrade to pupils’ and they stated that it was ‘wonderful to read the work from pupils – it shows they have really engaged with Fairtrade.’

What does the Fairtrade Foundation think about how the school provides opportunities for children and staff members to take action for Fairtrade?

They commented on ‘how wonderful it was to see so many different Fairtrade products used in so many ways’ and that it was ‘good to see all the Fairtrade products in the staff room’.

They praised our sports teams for their commitment to using Fairtrade balls during matches and tournaments; wearing their Fairtrade Sports Relief wristbands and ‘for getting your Fairtrade football into an article written by the Hartlepool Mail on [your] sporting success.’

What does the Fairtrade Foundation think about our strong partnership with the Hartlepool Fairtrade Steering Group?

The Fairtrade Foundation was ‘really impressed’ with our joint work with the Hartlepool Fairtrade Steering Group, commenting on: ‘How wonderful it was to see you work with the Fairtrade Hartlepool Group, this is such a good initiative.'

They thought that it was ‘really good to see you are working alongside Fairtrade Hartlepool by joining your efforts to promote Fairtrade as part of one community.’


What does the Fairtrade Foundation think about how we work with and support the wider community to take action for Fairtrade?

In terms of Fairtrade events, the Fairtrade Foundation thought it was particularly impressive how the school has ‘involved the wider community, well done.’

They were delighted to read ‘that families often ask [the school] where [we] get [our] Fairtrade products from [and that this] inspired the Steering Group to include a ‘Buying and selling Fairtrade products’ page on the ‘Fairtrade’ section’ of [our] school website.’

The Fairtrade Foundation praised us for ‘having a positive influence even outside the school’s gate.

What does the Fairtrade Foundation think about the ‘Fairtrade’ section of our school website and our ‘Fairtrade’ articles in The Hartlepool Mail?

The Fairtrade Foundation was ‘really impressed’ with the ‘Fairtrade’ section of the school website, commenting on how the website ‘is a great place to share what you are doing for Fairtrade.’

They were also impressed with our Fairtrade-related articles in The Hartlepool Mail: ‘Well done for getting some press coverage! Imagine how many people you are reaching with your Fairtrade message!’


If you are interested in finding out more about Fairtrade and its many benefits, visit the following websites:

Fairtrade Foundation: http://www.fairtrade.org.uk

Fairtrade Schools: http://schools.fairtrade.org.uk/

Fairtrade International: http://www.fairtrade.net/

World Fairtrade Organisation: http://www.wfto.com/

European Fairtrade Association: http://www.eftafairtrade.org/

The Fairtrade Corporation: http://www.thefaircorporation.com/

Oxfam’s Cool Planet: http://www.oxfam.org.uk/coolplanet/

CAFOD: http://www.cafod.org.uk/primary/fairtrade

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