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SES given Discovering Democracy Award

After his success in bringing the ‘Make Your Mark’ initiative to SES last year, James Zhang (Y12) has now helped the schools to be awarded a Discovering Democracy Award by the British Youth Council.

Forty one schools in total were awarded a Discovering Democracy Award by the British Youth Council in recognition of their commitment to a democracy curriculum and raising awareness of democracy. Winning schools were judged to be good practice examples in this Government backed initiative which is encouraging pupils to have their say in society, both within the school or through social action projects in the local community.

The award aims to showcase those schools who engage young people, particularly those aged sixteen and above, with democracy from an early age, whether that is voting for their representatives or  a school council, or voter registration, or getting involved in social action campaigns.

All awards were judged by a panel including young people and will celebrate and share the success of schools and colleges that go further in equipping their students with the skills and knowledge to use their voice in our society.

This most recent of political based successes comes after James was able to generate 1053 student votes from SES in last years ‘Make Your Mark’ campaign. In recognition of that particular achievement James was awarded with two certificates from Councillor’s Jackie Brockway and Chris Brewis from the Lincolnshire County Council, in addition to being awarded with another certificate from the British Youth Council (BYC).

James has now been invited by the British Youth Council to collect the Schools award at a reception which will be held at Admiralty House, Whitehall on 23rd February.