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British Values

British Values


At SESN, the curriculum provides many opportunities for our students to explore the concept of Britishness and we actively promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. This is achieved specifically within subject areas and our Global Citizenship, Debate, PSHE and Religious Studies lessons as well as through our school ethos, which celebrates diversity, inclusion and marks significant events throughout the calendar. 


The Board aims to ensure that this ethos is reflected and implemented effectively in SESN's policy and practice and that there are effective risk assessments in place to safeguard and promote student's welfare. 


At our George Johnson Education Centre, British Values are broken down in to five parts as above:


  • Democracy
  • The rule of law 
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect
  • Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs


At our school, students encounter these principles throughout everyday school life. Listed below are some examples of how we promote these values in our school community:



Student voice plays major roles in the functioning of the school. Each year group has two democratically elected Student Council representatives who represent the voice of their peers within their year group. The Student Council has a formal constitution that outlines the rules, by which it operates, and the roles and responsibilities of each of the representatives. The Student Council meet with a member of the senior leadership team to discuss key areas of the school, express their views, assist in school affairs and activities and gather community relations. This year's elections coincided with our Parliament Week, with all pupils having a vote for their Student Council elect. 


Student voice is used on a regular basis to inform both academic and pastoral decision making. Pupils views are sought on a variety of issues using regular feedback and questionnaires and face to face discussions. By involving students in the democratic life of the school, we hope to foster a wider sense of democracy and engagement within the student body.


The Rule of Law

Our students will encounter rules and laws throughout their entire lives including both criminal laws and religious laws.  We want our students to understand that whether these laws govern the class, the school, the neighbourhood or the country, they are set for good reasons and must be adhered to.


This understanding of the importance of rules is consistently reinforced through group activities and our curriculum. The involvement of our students within discussions around decision making and expectations helps them to understand the rationale behind the rules and the potential consequences if they are broken. Through our Global Citizenship, PSHE and Debate lessons and the wider academic curriculum we look at the rule of law and the role of the courts, parliament, the police and the judiciary in upholding and enforcing the law of the land. Throughout the year we welcome visits from members of the wider community including police and other emergency services, armed forces, local politicians and many more. 


Individual Liberty

At SESN, staff invest a great deal of time in creating a positive and respectful culture within our school so that students are in a safe environment where choices and freedoms are encouraged. In lessons, we encourage students in tasks that will challenge them, giving them more freedom to determine their own learning.  We offer a range of enrichment activities which students have the freedom to choose from, based on their interests. Through our Global Citizenship, PSHE and Debate lessons, we educate students on their rights and personal freedoms as well as supporting them in recognising how to exercise these freedoms safely.  At the school we believe that valuing choice and freedom in daily school life will foster a value for individual liberty as the pupils embark upon their further education and on to adult lives.


Mutual respect

Through SESN Respect Charter, mutual respect is at the core of our school life. Pupils learn to treat themselves, each other and staff with respect. All pupils are encouraged to recognise their own reasons for attending our George Johnson Education Centre and how their reasons may differ from the reasons of others meaning all pupils are welcome in their own right. 


Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

At our George Johnson Education Centre we offer a culturally rich and diverse curriculum in which all major religions are explored, studied and respected. We strongly believe that tolerance is gained through knowledge and understanding.  Through our curriculum and external activities, we strive to demonstrate tolerance and help students to become knowledgeable and understanding citizens who can build a better Britain for the future.  

Our Principles

Every individual should be continually encouraged to develop and succeed by uncovering their abilities and talents

Exposure to new experiences, venture and skills are essential to develop a young person’s confidence and desire to learn

An educational environment should be inviting and a place in which young people want to be because it meets their needs and their interests

Innovative without the prescription of linear education

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We will not only inspire young people but also the teachers and professionals involved

There is a need to promote a healthy diet and healthy, balanced lifestyle