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Teaching materials for Playfair 2012

Fair’s Fair – life and rights in the global sports industry

An interactive, cross-curriculum resource for 9 to 14 year olds.

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The London 2012 Olympics provides a fantastic opportunity for pupils to learn more about who makes the sportswear and sporting merchandise they buy. Fair’s Fair brings alive the concepts of human rights, equality and fairness by telling the stories of people who make these goods in poorer countries, often working with few rights, and for poverty wages.

Fair’s Fair includes:

  • 10 lesson plans
  • 14 activity sheets
  • 4 colour photo cards
  • A DVD made with pupils from The Cherwell School and Oaks Park High School.


Lesson ideas and activities make links between different subjects including art and design, citizenship, English, geography and maths. By using this pack, pupils can develop their understanding of why decent working conditions are part of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals to end poverty, and take practical actions to help make the world a fairer place.


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Fair’s Fair – contents

 Click on the links below to take you to the relevant sections of this pack or download the full PDF version. Please read the introduction and how to use this pack sections before using the lessons and activities. We hope that Fair’s Fair helps you to provide positive, fun and robust learning experiences for your pupils.

Foreword By Brendan Barber, General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress.
Acknowledgements This pack was developed through involvement with teacher members of Anti-Slavery International, the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, NASUWT and the National Union of Teachers, working in collaboration with the Trades Union Congress.
Introduction The introduction outlines the connection between international development and the core themes of this pack: human and trade union rights, global trade and world sporting events.
How to use this resource This section outlines the structure of the pack and resources available.
What’s the problem? Lessons 1-5
Lesson 1 and Activity 1: Globingo/Quiz  – KS2/3DVD: What do you think about the Olympics? Pupils reflect on and share their opinions about the Olympics. Through globingo or the quiz, they develop their knowledge about the life and rights of workers who make sporting goods and compare this reality to the Olympic Values.
Lesson 2Â and Activity 2: The price of a t-shirt – KS2/KS3
 DVD: Who gets what in a global supply chain?
Through role play and discussion, pupils learn what a global supply chain is and how they are connected to workers making sporting goods. Pupils will understand how global trade impacts on workers in supply chains and creates winners and losers.
Lesson 3 and Activity 3: Photo cards 1, 2, 3, 4 – KS2 Using an online presentation, photo cards and real-life case studies of workers making sporting goods, pupils analyse information and learn about rights at work and the role of trade unions. Pupils evaluate the impacts of lack of workplace rights on the lives of workers and their families.
Lesson 4
Activity 4a: Rights at work – KS3
Activity 4b: Life in sporting goods factories – KS3
Using an online presentation, and quotes and case studies from workers making sporting goods, pupils analyse information and learn about rights at work and the role of trade unions. Pupils critically evaluate why workplace rights may not be respected and the impacts this can have on development.
Lesson 5
Activity 5a and Activity 5b: The Unfair Factory game (paper version)Â – KS2. The online Unfair Factory game – KS3DVD: What’s fair and unfair in the workplace?
Pupils play the online Unfair Factory game or paper version to experience typical factory conditions in the production of sporting goods. They reflect on their experiences and by exploring what constitutes fair and unfair working conditions, consolidate previous learning.
What’s the solution? Lessons 6-10
Lesson 6 and Activity 6: Ethical trade – KS2/3DVD: What do we need to live and work in dignity? Pupils learn about the principles of ethical trade and can research human rights at work. They debate why ethical trade is important for development, and can consider in more depth the difference between living on a minimum wage and a living wage. Pupils use their knowledge about ethical trade to take practical action by writing persuasively to a sportswear brand.
Lesson 7 and Activity 7: Our Fair Factory Charter – KS2/3DVD: How would you like your workplace to be? Pupils develop their understanding of ‘decent work’ – a strategy for creating fairer societies developed by the International Labour Organisation, and part of the Millennium Development Goals. Pupils work collaboratively to create their own charter reflecting decent working conditions in a fair factory.
Lesson 8 and Activity 8: What we’d like to do – KS2/3DVD: What would you like to do? Pupils work collaboratively to develop a creative, effective action that could support workers in supply chains who are trying to get decent working conditions. The DVD and successful campaigns section can help with ideas.
Lesson 9 and Activity 9: Action tree – KS2/3 Building on the previous lesson, pupils plan their joint action, carry it out, and reflect on how it went.
Lesson 10 and Activity 10: T-shirt action – KS2/3 Pupils send a collective message to decision makers stating how they would like life to change for workers in supply chains producing sporting goods.
10 more things you can do This suggests some extra activities that you can carry out in your school to consolidate what pupils have learned; educate others about the issues; and raise awareness about why decent working conditions are important to eliminating poverty in developing countries.
Key words A glossary of key concepts.
Further information Background information on the key issues and themes in this pack.
Successful campaigns Three examples of successful campaigns.
Useful websites Sites with articles, reports and background information on the issues.
Evaluation of Fair’s Fair Your views will help us evaluate the impact and use of the pack.