The AGS Learner
Our vision is to provide an exceptional education, rich in learning opportunities within an inspiring and supportive environment, developing the character of our students in preparation for their future.

Ownership is having the ability to manage your own learning, prioritise and set targets. It includes being a supportive and active member of the school community and having self-respect and respect for others who support the learning process.

  Students can: Take the lead in organising and managing their own learning. Support the learning of friends and peers.

Teachers can: Give clear guidance on expectations for managing learning and support on how to achieve this.

  Parents can: Help to develop routines for home learning and organising and monitoring from a distance to allow students to become more independent and confident learners.

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What is Ownership?
How did we do?
Learning Matters:Developing ownership in ourselves and our students

Brave students try new approaches to their learning. They learn from their mistakes and make greater progress because of this.

    Students can: Try new approaches and learn from mistakes. Be brave enough to make mistakes in front of others. Support classmates as they take risks.

Teachers can: Establish a climate where risks and mistakes are an accepted, key part of the learning process.

    Parents can: Encourage new approaches and give own experience of mistakes and risks as a key part of improvement.

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Try. Fail. Correct. Try again
Courage at the heart of it all
Learning Matters: Developing courage in ourselves and our students

Resilience is the strength not to give up in the face of challenge. Resilient learners have the resourcefulness to take learning forwards and carry it through to the end.

    Students can: Persevere when things seem difficult and appreciate that dealing with challenge is a key part of becoming a successful learner.

Teachers can: Plan learning that includes challenge for all students and discuss strategies on how to develop resilience.

    Parents can: Discuss with student how to progress when stuck on a problem, give own experience of resilience in the workplace.

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How do we instil good character?
The ABC of Resilience
The Baker/baker paradox
Learning Matters: Developing Resilience in ourselves and our students

Innovators are creative and adaptable and appreciate the need to assess, review and develop their ideas. They enjoy the freedom to imagine what is possible.

    Students can: Embrace the chances to be creative. Use plans and drafts to explore new ways of approaching learning tasks.

Teachers can: Provide learning opportunities for students that encourage them to be creative and discuss the importance of innovation in the development of the subject.

    Parents can: Discuss creativity as an important skill outside school and share any relevant life/work experiences.

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Do schools kill creativity?
Learning Matters:Developing Innovation in ourselves and students

Motivated students aspire to be - and understand how to be - successful through learning. They demonstrate a hunger to learn and to be inspired.

  Students can: Regularly reflect on aspirational targets in order to maintain good levels of motivation. Read around subjects to develop greater understanding and passion for learning.

Teachers can: Discuss realistic but aspirational targets. Include wider learning and knowledge in lessons.

  Parents can: Plan rewards for effort rather than just achievement. Discuss and support wider reading and research for enrichment.

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Motivating teens
The Advent-ure
Learning Matters: Developing Motivation in ourselves and our students

The Journey


Consultations take place with our staff, students and parents about what characteristics they feel will make a successful learner at AGS. Feedback is combined with the latest educational theory and research and the five traits of the AGS Learner are decided.


AGS Learner is launched to staff and students and a half termly focus introduces each key aspect. Staff build the development of learning into their lessons alongside the delivery of their subject. Monthly items in the newsletter keep parents up to date with AGS Learner progress.


The AGS Learner website is launched! After a successful Year 1, AGS Learner is in place and student, staff and parent feedback is used to shape how we develop and improve. Student and staff learning working groups continue to be active in refining what we do.


We continue to review and develop AGS Learner using student, parent and staff feedback. AGS Learner is central to staff CPD and student guidance on successful learning. The very popular and successful Learning Workshop enables parents to better understand the challenges, pressures and rewards of being a learner.


Are we missing anything? That is the key question for this year to help us consider how to take AGS Learner forward.

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Birth of the AGS Learner
Developing ideas
Shaping the AGS Learner
Exciting beginnings
What do we want for our children?
The difference we made
Character: Taught or caught

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