Global Learning Programme

Fairtrade Fortnight

Fairtrade Fortnight 2018 (26 February to 11 March) aims to help people to understand the principles of ‘fair trade’, and how trade can sometimes be unfair to some producers in developing countries.

This year, Fairtrade Fortnight focuses on supporting the farmers and workers who grow our food. How can we produce and consume goods in a fairer, more ethical and sustainable way?

The Global Learning Programme in England (GLP-E) has produced this free resource, with the help of the Development Education Centre South Yorkshire (DECSY), to support teachers wishing to develop their pupils’ critical thinking skills, knowledge of interdependence, global trade and fair trade, while encouraging them to consider their values and the concepts of fairness, rights, sustainability and how individuals can make a difference. Aimed at Key Stages 2 and 3, this free resource includes:

You can access this free resource by logging in to your GLP account.

If your school isn't one of the thousands of schools in England already registered for the GLP and benefiting from up to £500-worth of funding for CPD,* curriculum guidance and resources available, simply register your school today! Registration is free and takes just a few minutes.

If you’re not sure if the GLP, or global learning, is relevant to you and your school’s needs and priorities, please take a look at examples of how global learning can bring tremendous value to teaching across the following subject areas:

You can find even more resources supporting a range of topics and issues around fair trade and the broader topic of trade, on the GLP topic webpages, and via the case studies developed by schools already embedding global learning.

Case studies and background reading

GLP-approved CPD 

You can use GLP fundingworth up to £500 to pay for attendance at a wide range of accredited CPD courses. Our CPD Calendar offers a variety of courses to help you incorporate global learning into your classes – including a Fairtrade and global justice course on 28 February in Wiltshire. Here is a selection of ‘flexible’ courses (which can be arranged for a time that suits you) with a focus on fair trade:

Supporting the Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) defined 17 goals to achieve by 2030, all of which are important and relevant to today’s world. Decent work and economic growth (goal 8), aims to ‘promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all’. The target is that by 2030, we will have achieved full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men, including for young people and persons with disabilities, and equal pay for work of equal value.

* The GLP is funded by the UK government. All schools can join the programme, but funding is only available to Key Stages 2 and 3 in state schools in England. The deadline to book onto GLP-funded CPD* is 29 March 2018, and courses must be attended by 1 June 2018. The GLP in England (GLP-E) is managed by a consortium of partners: Pearson (lead), Geographical Association, UCL Institute of Education, Oxfam UK, Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), SSAT and Think Global.