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The Year 9 Extended Performing Arts class have been working on a play called Trainers  which is about the low wages of the people who make big brand name trainers.  It is focused on the poor working conditions of the sweat shops that these people work in and the amount they are paid.  This story is set in the far east.  It starts with a girl called Laura who’s mother tells her that she can no longer afford to send her to school, and that she has to go work at the Oriental Footwear Company. Laura meets the unkind boss Mr Lee who tells her, after a long hard 12 hour day, that she has only earned £3.80 . The year 9s have been working very hard to pull these productions together with the help of their teacher Miss Sargison.

The Facts:


  • Almost half the toys in the US are produced in China, Thailand, and other Asian countries in sweatshops.
  • 85% of sweatshop workers are young women between the ages of 15-25
  • No health insurance is provided
  • On average, a migrant worker works about 12 hours a day, 26 days a month.
  • In a sweatshop in Capetown, there were only 3 toilets for about 2,000 workers
  • 200,00 children die annually due to the hazardous conditions in the sweatshops.


So where were your trainers made and how?  What responsibility do we have?

Trainers and shoes in Harrogate Grammar.  An international issue at our feet.