Blacko Primary School has become only the second primary school in the whole of Pendle, and one of only a dozen or so in the whole of Lancashire, to achieve Fairtrade status.
To achieve this, the school had to meet the following criteria:
l Setting up a Fairtrade Steering Group.
l Writing a whole school Fairtrade Policy.
l Selling, promoting and using Fairtrade products.
l Incorporating Fairtrade issues in three subject areas across at least two year groups.
l Promoting and taking action for Fairtrade.
The Fairtrade Steering Group had to meet at least once a term with minutes and action plans uploaded to the Fairtrade Foundation website.
Members of the Steering Group took action in the following ways:
l Presenting a PowerPoint to the PTA asking them to use Fairtrade products at their meetings and activities.
l Helping man the Fairtrade stall at the Christmas fair.
l Incorporating Fairtrade products in the staff room and at the school treasure hunt.
l Placing Traidcraft magazines in the staff room at Christmas for staff to purchase presents.
l Did an assembly during Fairtrade Fortnight about the chocolate industry.
l Held a very successful coffee afternoon raising nearly £300 for Blacko’s link school in The Gambia.
Teachers also participated by designing three Fairtrade lessons covering science, literacy and art and design.
The school was assisted in the first instance by the Lancashire Global Education Centre who received funding from the Fairtrade Foundation to support local schools with their Fairtrade work.