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This page is for information and is updated from time to time if new information becomes available.

Student Guidance

In the event of a school closure, please can all students and parents follow the advice and guidance outlined below.

From Monday 4 May all remote learning will be provided via MS Teams. Therefore, over the next two weeks, we will be rolling this out to staff and students. For further information please click here, installation and next steps are outlined in the guidance below.

Please click here for full guidance regarding Microsoft Teams. This guide explains how students can access Microsoft Teams and their remote learning assignments. MS Teams will also enable us to streamline all aspects of school provision through one, central online platform ensuring that expectations are clear for staff, parents and students.

Guide for students - How to upload work to MS Teams.

We will use MS Teams to share resources and, where necessary, direct students to other relevant platforms. AGS would like to thank parents and carers for the tremendous support and understanding you have shown us, and the way in which you have embraced this new way of working.

Until 4th May, work will continue to be available to students via Showmyhomework in addition to other online platforms and websites. 

Students can contact their teachers via Showmyhomework and email. For email addresses please visit Contact Us - Teaching Staff.

Form Group meetings
We are excited to launch virtual Form Group Meetings at 9am on Monday 4 May!! Each Form Tutor will conduct their meeting via text correspondence within MS Teams. This forms part of our new Pastoral Strategy during school closure. We are not checking up on school work, we are checking in on student welfare. It's our way of reaching out to every single student. We need to know that all are students are safe and well, as such we will be making follow up phone calls to those who don't engage and respond during the weekly form time meetings. Therefore, we ask that parents and carers ensure their child is logged on to MS Teams ready to take part in the virtual meeting every Monday - the Form Tutor message will be available from 9 am and students may log in and respond at any point during the day. It's also a great way to put students back in their form group environment and reconnect with friends and their Form Tutor. Thank you in advance for supporting our new strategy.

Useful links:
AGS Remote Learning Protocol
AGS Student Expectations
Showmyhomework (link to website)
How to access Showmyhomework without a log-on

In addition to completing the work set, please also encourage your child to spend some time every day self-quizzing. Please see the Guide to Self-Quizzing and 5 Habits of an Effective Learner for more information.

Big Bang Digital 2020 is aimed at students 11+, #BigBangDigital gives young people a front row view of the incredible contribution of people working in science and engineering. Safeguarding measures mean they can safely participate in interactive polls, live Q&A sessions, Big Bang activities and there’s also a follow-up competition. The line-up is still growing as new sessions are confirmed, so do check www.digitalbigbang.co.uk for the latest details.

Digital Skills

The Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award, known as iDEA, is a free international programme that helps you develop and demonstrate your digital, enterprise and employability skills.

The Welcome Back Project is running a competition, inviting students to design aan advert welcoming people back into the city of Leeds when lockdown is lifted. This could be a poster, a painting, a poem or even a video. More information on what's involved and how to enter.

Cyberland is a suite of fun educational games designed to educate young inquisitive minds and introduce them to the world of cyber security as well as the Computer Misuse Act.

Virtual Cyber School is a programme of over 200 cyber themed educational games and challenges which can be accessed online but registration closes on 01/08/20.

Cyber First will be hosting “Summer Camp” online schools between June – August 2020 which are two weeks long but are only half days to educate them in cyber skills.

Careers

• Success at School – spotlight on Transport and Logistics - Success at school resource

• Careers in Allied health webinar series - Register for Health Alliance webinars

• Founders4Schools have developed a schedule of webinars and “Career Masterclasses” - find out more and register for updates 

Futuregoals have launched a brand-new series of free interactive resources that are tailored towards students who are learning from home due to COVID-19. Resources come complete with parent guidance notes making them simple to use without support from a teacher and enable the development of students’ communication, research, problem solving, planning, organisation, IT and creative skills. The resources are split into three challenges that will be released in stages over the next few weeks: Pitch It!, Create It! and Imagine it! and can be found at https://futuregoals.co.uk/remote/

KPMG WorkReady programme is available as a home learning resource which teachers and parents can share with students whilst schools are closed. KPMG came into school to deliver the face to face programme earlier this year and this resource allows more students to benefit from their own homes. The resource is suitable for all year groups so it doesn’t just need to be the year groups who originally took part in the face to face programme.

Talk the Talk

Talk the Talk trainers come into school to work with students and help them work on their communication skills. Students can access resources at home.

Support for Parents
Useful material for parents on supporting their children with careers guidance.

Virtual Work Experience Opportunities
Speakers for Schools are offering virtual work experience opportunities for students. Sign in via their portal to register and then apply for opportunities.

• 29th June – 4th July 2020 Young Academies Group: Virtual Work Experience for aspiring Journalists and Story-tellers Age: 16-18 Application Deadline 29th May 2020

• 6th July – 10th July 2020 Cisco: Virtual Work Experience for Year 11 in Ciscos Tech/Business Departments Age: Year 11 Application Deadline 6th June 2020

• 6th July – 10th July 2020 UKNA: Spend a virtual experience week with UKNA and earn your Bronze Arts Award Age 14-16 Application Deadline 6th June 2020

• 21st May 2020 Mediacom: Virtual Insight Day with a Leading Media Agency Age: 14+ Application Deadline 15th May 2020

• 6th July -10th July 2020 Jo Cox Foundation: Virtual Work Experience at a unique charitable foundation Age: 16+ Application Deadline 6th June 2020

Magazines

We have set up an account with Exact Editions which has given us access to quite a few digital magazines until September. The magazines available are: Chemistry World, New Internationalist, Geographical, Prospect, The Biologist, Resurgence & Ecologist, BBC History Magazine, BBC Music Magazine, BBC Science Focus Magazine and The World Today.
Please email agadmin@allertongrange.com for the log in details.

Reading
Students are encouraged, as much as possible, to read for pleasure. In addition to completing the work set here and on Show My Homework, please read everyday, both fact and fiction. This is a great opportunity to do as much reading as possible. The more words we read, the smarter we become!

Year 7 and 8 students have taken extra books from the school library. If any other student would like to do the same before school closes, please email Mr Donlon.

Students in Year 7 and 8 can access Accelerated Reader as usual by going to rmunify and logging on as they normally do with their school username and password. The orange AR box will be there as usual for them to click on. They DO NOT need their AR username or password for this.

If you are a member of a library in Leeds you can access books, audiobooks, magazines and newspapers online - more information. Kindle also have a number of free classic books available, which can be read through the smartphone app if you don't have a Kindle device. Audible has a a range of free audiobooks available while schools are closed. 

Keeping Active
Joe Wicks, the Body Coach, is running 30 minute PE sessions Monday to Friay at 9 am on his YouTube channel to help to keep children (and their parents/carers) active. This starts on Monday 23 March.

Hand Exercises
A selection of hand exercises have been collated by one of the SEND Teaching Assistants. This is still in draft but is available for information as it may be useful to those currently working at home. Please remember, don't overdo it, if it hurts, don’t do it and ice afterwards if needed.

Lexonik
Lexonik Home Study is a place for parents to access resources, activities, support and advice on how to support children’s learning at home. Video resources are also available on the Lexonik YouTube channel.

Young Money and Young Enterprise resources
Young Enterprise focuses on skills development of young people aged 4 to 24. Access resources for home learning about money and financial matters.

LifeSkills
This is a free employability programme, with Student Hub and Parent Hub interactive tools and resources.

Sixth Form
Year 12 and 13 students need to read the Guidance for Sixth Form Students document. Please check the subject specific information below for each of the subjects that are studying. Information about exams will also be put on the school website as it becomes available.

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