Hello Stephen, What a fabulous Fairtrade Fortnight that was! The passion and creativity from our schools has been truly inspiring. Many thanks to you, Stephen, and your school for telling the stories of our remarkable women farmers. Your tweets and emails of what you have been up to have amused and amazed us over Fortnight. If you haven't shared already, it isn't too late to let us know what you have been up to. Fortnight may be over, but the story of our farmers and their struggle for a dignified life and a living income is far from over. This Fortnight was a moment to highlight the injustices faced by farmers around the world. Keep sharing the stories, keep asking for Fairtrade, and keep buying the products to help create the world you want to see. All the teaching resources we launched for Fairtrade Fortnight will stay on our website. If you haven't yet watched our fabulous new Guardians of the Rainforest, please do. It is fronted by the wonderful Beshey and will warm your heart. So, grab your Fairtrade favourite and take a little peek at the selection of schools featured below and their antics in Fortnight. With all our thanks, Claire, Joe and Jo The Fairtrade Schools Team



Across the country today, there are children spending the day in fear. Too frightened to go to school. Too frightened to speak out. Too frightened to tell anyone. Across the country, today, children are being bullied. You'll hear from two mums whose children took their own lives as a result of the bullying they experienced. Then watch this video with your children, and help your children know they can ask for help, for them to know someone cares and for them to know how important it is to BE KIND..PLUS ADUITS SUFFERING TOO.


Plymouth obesity campaigner demands tighter controls on takeaways Stephen Beer from St Budeaux says he wants others to learn from his experience. Stephen Beer from St Budeaux says he wants others to learn from his experience. Credit: ITV News Westcountry An obesity campaigner from Plymouth says councils across the UK should put tighter controls on takeaways opening in certain areas of towns and cities. Stephen Beer from St Budeaux has featured on many television programmes about the battles with his weight. Now at 35 stone, Stephen is on a strict diet to try and get his weight down and live a more healthy lifestyle. However, he claims the easy accessibility of takeaways has contributed to his obesity. Play Video £16bn Obesity related illnesses are costing the NHS an average of £16 billion pounds a year. Stephen has campaigned against new branches of certain takeaways and fast-food outlets from opening in parts of Plymouth, once chaining himself to the site of a proposed new fried chicken restaurant. There are 23 fast-food businesses on Victoria Road near his home, almost double the number that existed five years ago. A recent investigation by ITV's Tonight Programme revealed that the number of fast food takeaways on our streets has risen by nearly 10% in the last three years. Stephen is concerned about the number of takeaways near his home in St Budeaux. Stephen is concerned about the number of takeaways near his home in St Budeaux. Credit: ITV News Westcountry Residents in St Budeaux had mixed views on whether takeaways were having a negative influence on health ... Play Video Academics are also calling for more to be done by several parties involved in the public health debate. Clare Pettinger is a Lecturer in Public Heath at the University of Plymouth. She says that the producers of fast food, politicians and individuals all need to take more responsibility for combatting obesity. Play Video In a statement, Plymouth City Council said: “Plymouth’s Health and Wellbeing Board has identified encouraging a healthy diet and tackling obesity as priorities. “We know that there is a lot we can do as a city to encourage us to watch what we eat and look after our health and we’re taking a co-ordinated approach to doing this with our partners through Thrive Plymouth. “We are supporting the national Sugar Smart campaign to reduce sugar in food and drinks and help Plymouth’s residents make healthier food choices. “We also commission Livewell’s ‘One You Plymouth’ services, which include support and advice around healthy eating and nutrition. “The emerging Plymouth and South West Devon Joint Local Plan has integrated polices that seek to improve the health and wellbeing of all communities across the city. “One of the policies in the plan (Policy DEV6 – Hot food takeaways in Plymouth) says the local planning authority will resist new hot food takeaways within a 400-metre radius of secondary schools and will protect the food environment. “Another (DEV16 – Providing retail and town centre uses in appropriate locations) regulates the type and mix of commercial uses within the retail hierarchy. This means the number and type of uses within a city, district or local centre will be carefully managed to ensure they are of an appropriate scale. “The Plymouth Development Guidelines Supplementary Planning Document (2013) sets out the type of considerations that will be used to assess this, including noise and disturbance, cooking odour, visual amenity, refuse, litter, cumulative impact, access and parking. “The Plymouth and South West Devon Joint Local Plan has been submitted to the Planning Inspectorate for examination and is being referred to in determining planning applications. How much weight to attach to the plan would be a decision for the case officer for that particular application (and, if appropriate, the Planning Committee), taking into account the National Planning Policy Framework.” – PLYMOUTH CITY COUNCIL SPOKESPERSON. Social media Share


What is the Government doing about obesity? In 2015 stevebeer began a campaign to reduce unhealthy food choices in British schools and to get children more excited about eating lower calorie nutritious food instead. His efforts to bring radical change to the school meals system, shown in the series Jamie's School Dinners, challenged the junk-food culture by showing schools that they could serve healthy, cost-efficient meals that kids enjoyed eating. The programme prompted 271,677 people to sign an online petition on the Feed Me Better website, which was delivered to Downing Street on March 30 2005. As a result, the government added an extra £280million to help with the school meals plan, and currently fried foods are only allowed to be served twice a week and soft drinks are no longer available. In the 2016 budget, the British Government announced the introduction of a sugar tax on the soft drinks industry, which came into effect in April 2018. Beverage manufacturers are taxed according to the volume of sugar-sweetened beverages they produce or import, which will generate an estimated £520million a year in additional tax revenue to be spent on doubling existing funding for sport in UK primary schools.