M&S Making a Mark - Plan A

Discussion ideas

Use these suggestions below and on the following page for ideas on how to use the Plan A resources with your pupils:

Plan A - KS3 Citizenship:

  • Do you believe it is everyone's responsibility to make positive changes? Do you want to make a change, if so what and why? For example, what would you do to improve your school or where you live?
  • What could you do to help a particular group of people in your community?
  • Choose three other video clips summarising some of M&S's achievements towards Plan A commitments so far  (follow the 2012 Manifesto Video link at bottom of page) then in groups discuss which ones affect you the most, either directly or indirectly, and why?
  • What do you think M&S should do next, once all the 180 Plan A commitments have been achieved?

Fair Trade -  KS3 Citizenship, KS3/4 Geography:

  • What is meant by a 'developing country'? How many can you name, and where in the world are the majority of them?
  • What do you think are the main features of a 'developed' country and why?
  • Apart from cotton, what other raw materials can be certified as 'Fair Trade', and which countries do they come from?   (you can check your answers on the Fair Trade Foundation website, link below)
  • How many different people, groups or organisations do you think are involved in the supply chain of goods sold in large shops like M&S today?
  • One of the Fair Trade principles is ensuring good working conditions for everyone involved in the supply chain - describe what you think is meant by 'good working conditions'?
Forever Fish - KS3 Citizenship, KS3/4 Science and Geography:
  • Can you think of any famous people who have campaigned for food or animal related causes? 
  • 80% of all fish consumed in the UK is from only five main species  (see Forever Fish Case Study PDF) - find out what they are. Think about why people prefer those fish to other species, such as mackerel, herring, sole or squid.
  • The Big Beach Clean-up shows how everyone can help to make a difference by doing something very simple. What little thing could everyone do in your school or your community to make it better?
  • Find out if we have any laws in the UK that help us to take care of the planet. They might deal with keeping resources sustainable or reducing environmental impact. Do you agree with them? Who might not agree with them and why?

Recycling - KS3/4 Science, Citizenship:

  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of the following:
    - recycling clothes by making them into other things;
    - donating clothes to charity shops; or
    - swapping clothes with your friends? 
    How many of these have you done yourself?
    Which idea do you think is best and why?
    Who benefits most from each one?
  • What things do you recycle, both at home and at school? 
    Do you know what happens to the stuff in your recycle bin?
    How could we all help to reduce landfill even more?
  • Some countries have banned the disposal of untreated waste in landfill sites, while others hardly recycle anything at all. How can governments be persuaded to change the law in their countries to improve the situation? 


Landfill - a site for the disposal of waste materials by burying them in the ground
Principles - laws or rules that must be, or are usually, followed
Sustainable   able to be continued with minimal long-term effect on the environment

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