Fairtrade award success for Northumberland school

An Ashington school has taken its first steps towards becoming a certified ‘Eco School’ after receiving the FairAware Award from the Fairtrade Foundation.

By David Sedgwick
Monday, 11th April 2022, 6:00 am
Teacher Claire Donnelly with the ‘Eco Warriors’ at James Knott C of E Primary School.
Teacher Claire Donnelly with the ‘Eco Warriors’ at James Knott C of E Primary School.

James Knott C of E Primary School, which operates as part of Northumberland Church of England Academy Trust, achieved the award in recognition of the efforts its pupils and staff have made to become more environmentally aware and conscious of the positive impact of using Fairtrade products.

Driven by the school’s ‘Eco Warriors’ group, pupils took part in a special assembly during the national ‘Fairtrade Fortnight’ event to introduce the topic of Fairtrade.

Staff and pupils then participated in a series of audits to assess what Fairtrade products were already in use within the school, how Fairtrade was included in the teaching curriculum and what level of understanding the children had about Fairtrade.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The data was then submitted to the Fairtrade Foundation for analysis which resulted in the school receiving its FairAware Award.

Teacher Claire Donnelly said: “We’re absolutely delighted to have achieved the FairAware Award.

"The Award is the culmination of a huge amount of work to help us take the first positive step towards becoming a fully-fledged Eco School.

“The enthusiasm shown by our staff and pupils throughout the project has been incredible.

"Our Eco Warriors – a group of pupils from Years 5 and 6 have been fundamental to the success of the project having given up their break times and even stayed late after school to help compile the audit results and complete the online application forms.

“Looking to the future, we hope to achieve our second Fairtrade Foundation accredited award – the FairActive Award, by Christmas 2022 and to grow our eco community in school even further by electing a Fairtrade ambassador for each form class.”

Alan Hardie, CEO at Northumberland Church of England Academy Trust, added: “At NCEAT, we are passionate about encouraging our pupils to become conscientious global citizens, tuned in to the wider impact that they can have on the world around them through small actions taken in their own lives.

“I’d like to congratulate all of the pupils and staff at James Knott C of E Primary School on their FairAware Award and wish them every success with the continuation of the project.”