Competition raises awareness of British values among students at Seevic College

Tuesday, 08 March 2016

A competition which aimed to raise awareness of “British values” among students at Seevic College has been won by Art & Design student Ryan Holton.

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Ryan, who studies Foundation Diploma in Art & Design at the College, located in Runnymede Chase, Benfleet, won first prize in the competition with saw students challenged to create a poster that would raise awareness of the values required to live successfully in modern Britain.

Ryan’s winning entry was selected by a poll on Facebook, with his design leading to 187 Likes.

Nineteen-year-old Ryan, who previously attended The Sweyne Park School in Rayleigh, said: “I feel proud of what I have achieved and very grateful. As I shared it with friends and family online, to get that many likes is overwhelming”. 

Ryan was awarded a £50 Amazon voucher for being the outright competition winner. Two runners-up, former The Fitzwimarc School student Rachel Masters and former The Deanes School student Perry Tam, both received a £10 Amazon voucher each.Tad Blower, Head of Creative Arts at Seevic, said: “I think that Ryan’s design was the most popular because it was simple and sometimes less is more. I think it is important for the College to run competitions like this, as sometimes concepts like British values can get lost in translation. This competition has been a good way for students to not just understand them better but also work towards their art and design qualification”. 

Ryan, who lives in Rayleigh, added: “I think it is important to understand British values as the UK is one of the most multicultural countries in Europe. I hope this came across in my poster.”

All competition entries are now displayed prominently in the College for visitors, students and staff to see.

The government identified five British values in 2011 as part of its Prevent Strategy, which aims to prevent young people being influenced by extremist organisations.

The five values are: democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty plus mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths.

In 2014, the Department of Education published guidance on promoting British values in schools and Further Education Colleges to ensure young people leave prepared for life in modern Britain.

The Foundation Degree in Art and Design is a one-year course which enables students to build a dynamic, original portfolio.

It aims to offer students the best possible chance of progressing to a relevant degree course, specialist Art college or employment in the creative industries.

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