Criteria Primary School

 The FairLife Mark is free to schools and is awarded based on the school’s own declarations.

  1. The first criterion is that the Head Teacher supports the FairLife initiative.

  2. The second criterion is actively encouraging children to learn basic financial skills.

  3. The third criterion is to raise awareness of the FairLife initiative within the school and in the wider community.

  4. The fourth criterion is to support any pupils who have signed up to be FairLife School Ambassadors.

Criteria detail and example

The first criterion is that the Head Teacher supports the FairLife initiative.

 With the permission of the Head Teacher the school can engage with the FairLife Charity solely via staff members or in collaboration with interested pupils (who may become School Ambassadors).

The second criterion is actively encouraging children to learn basic financial skills.Your school may already have an established programme, which we would encourage to display the FairLife Financial Education Mark. There are many ideas the school might consider to help children learn about money. These range from:

  • Displaying FairLife posters (available on the website) to engaging with external groups such as Red Start or Ask Sam.
  • Volunteers from the FairLife Charity are available to give short talks during assembly, with the option of a workshop afterwards. These fun and informative talks are designed to get children thinking about money and to lay the foundations for financial management as adults.
  • Age-appropriate lesson plans are available on the charity’s website together with ideas for competitions and puzzles. Teachers may also download certificates for children who complete activities successfully.

The third criterion is to raise awareness of the FairLife initiative within the school and in the wider community.

This can be done opportunistically and could include:

  • Displaying FairLife posters (downloadable from the website).
  • Displaying information about the FairLife initiative during open days.
  • Encouraging parent and groups like the PTA to get involved
  • Asking suppliers and local firms to support the initiative
  • A simple email of support allows us to add their organisation to our growing supporters list.
  • A poster or window sticker helps to raise awareness.
  • They could also consider taking a FairLife Commitment Mark. The Pension Funding Mark is available to any employer that pays or matches pension contributions of 5% or more and the Fair Creditor Mark to any companies that offer credit or allow customers to pay in arrears.
  • Adding information about the charity to school literature.
  • Encouraging local finance firms (from banks to credit unions) to review the FairLife website and consider offering FairLife products.  Ask them to get in touch (info@fairlife.org.uk) or contact FairLife to request the charity speaks to your local supportive company.

  The fourth criterion is to support any pupils who have signed up to be FairLife School Ambassadors.

  • Where the school agrees to support FairLife School Ambassadors, the charity will seek to work with these volunteers, via their parents, to ensure that the school meets the criteria of the mark. The volunteers themselves will gain an educational benefit as well as credit for their extracurricular activity.