British Values Video

Students at the College produced a thought-provoking and insightful short documentary on what British Values mean to young people living in the next UK City of Culture.

The students worked with social enterprise group LOOP and were asked to contemplate what it means to be British and analyse the values which run through society before putting together a film about their findings. Their work was aired in front of students and staff at the College’s Henley Campus, bringing months of hard work to a celebratory close.

The documentary mixed clips of Coventry landmarks with shots of college life, student interviews and demonstrated how the varied group, who were all studying different subjects and had not met prior to the project, grew closer as a result of working together.

Tiegan Cross, a 16-year-old Medical Science student from Bedworth, said: “I think this project has taught us all a lot about the values that connect British people.  It has helped some of us come out of our shells and grow in confidence, which I think is probably the most valuable thing we have got from this.”

“We wanted to show that young people like ourselves are aware of big issues and we have a voice.  We are all excited that Coventry is going to be UK City of Culture 2021 and things like this project prove what a great community we have.”

The video focused on democracy, rule of law, mutual respect and tolerance and individual liberty. Issues such as stop and search, The Suffragettes’ battle for the women’s vote, homosexual rights and understanding of different faiths were discussed in depth during the film.

The group’s work will now be given another airing at the next Coventry College governors meeting and will also be shown to all new starters joining in September.

Jo Lawrence, Assistant Principal Student Experience at Coventry College, said: “Everyone at the College is incredibly proud of what these students have achieved. They have come together as a group of strangers to produce a thought provoking piece which proves just how in touch the young people of this city are.”

“I think this video is a perfect example of the kind of teamwork and forward-thinking ideas we encourage in all of our pupils.”

Diana Galloway of LOOP, has worked with the students on the project from start to finish.  said: “The positivity and enthusiasm which this group approached the task was incredible. They have all learned something about British values and something about themselves. They can be very proud of what they have achieved.”