Category Archives: Rights


Latest in Aleppo

Find out about the latest for people living and escaping Aleppo here. 

Reunited Families

Explore how the Chibok girls were reunited with their families here. 

May is starting to talk tough…

Explore what May has said today at the G20 summit. She has rejected a points based immigration system, read more here. 

EU Referendum North West Tonight Debate


On the 12th June myself, Ellie and Harina (all from year 13) got the exciting opportunity to attend BBC North West tonight’s EU referendum special. Harina and myself were representing young people voting out, whilst Ellie was a strong remain advocate.

Having previously been asked to each submit 2 questions to be pre picked for the debate we arrived at media city knowing that Harina would definitely be able to grill the panel taking a stance from the out side as one of her questions had been picked. However Ellie and myself had to wait and see if we would be able to get our voices heard.

On arrival at media city we were all greeted and met the rest of the audience, a small group of people all with big opinions. We got to know a few people, and it quickly became apparent we were the only young people present- no surprise there! This only spurred us on more to be able to have our say.

After a drink and a chat we were moved into the studio, the same one in which they record Jeremy Kyle, and there we were prepped and powdered ready for our staring moment. The debate was ran by Roger Johnson from North West Tonight and the panel consisted of the following people-

Lisa Nardy, Labour MP for Wigan (Remain)
Paul Nuttall, UKIP deputy leader (Leave)
Janet Beer, University of Liverpool vice chancellor (Remain)
Nigel Evans, Conservative MP for Ribble Valley (Leave)

The NHS, education and immigration were some of liveliest areas of debate, whoever the whole debate was non-stop and in the end we ended up filming more than was fitted into the programme. However, we did all get our time to shine.

Harina’s question kicked off the whole debate and began things rolling, the audience and panel were very lively and facts and figures were flying everywhere. As Alty Girls, we all sat there patiently waiting for our chance to speak raising our hand every minute or so to get chosen.

Sadly, this tactic wasn’t the most successful and as the debate moved on we got more and more hyped up about wanting to speak and raise the issue that we as young people believed to be important.

On the last point of the debate my yellow cardigan finally got me noticed and I was able to give my point about the lack of political education and information for young people. I told the panel and audience that the scaremongering was putting young people off voting at all and this was a big problem. They agreed however, in true politician style didn’t have much of an answer for me.

The debate came to a close, but we still felt as young people we hadn’t had our say. So, Ellie went on to record her views for the end of the programme, before the three of us spoke to a BBC reporter about the lack on inclusion of young people for the whole referendum. We also had the opportunity to have a chat with Roger, and met a lovely lady to had developed a clever idea of coins with ‘leave’ on one side and ‘remain’ on the other for those who were unsure what to vote.

We throughly enjoyed our time filming and being involved at the BBC and would like to thank Mrs Bowyer for getting us such a wonderful opportunity. It was great to be able to see ourselves back when the programme was aired and get support and feedback from many people via social media. It was an added bonus to appear as a clip in the BBC EU advert!

If you would like to watch the debate it is still available on iplayer at the following link-

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Are you concerned, excited, confused, anticipating what’s next for the UK after the BREXIT decision?


Many people have lots of different views about the events of the last few days. Some are excited, jubilant, anticipating what is next. Other’s are worried, angry and uncertain of the UK we now live in. If you want to know more check out some of the links below as to what happens next…

BBC – What happens next, click here. 

See The Radio 4 presenters views here. 

How will this affect your family? Find out here. 

Find out how it will affect young people here. 

If you still want to find out more we will be streaming a live debate on 30th June at Rec to explore how this will actually affect young people. Come to Rm 13 at Rec to find out more.

Orlando Shooting

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AGGS EU Mock Referendum Results

On Wednesday 27th April, AGGS held its very own EU referendum to help gage young people’s opinion on whether Britain’s place in the world belongs in Europe or out. Six ballot boxes were situated around school ready to catch eager voters; we had a great turnout with over 600 girls exercising their right to vote.

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 To drill up support and educate people about the issue that they were voting for, the week before the vote, members of AGGS Politics Society delivered assemblies to all year groups. Covering why this referendum was important and actually taking place, and educating them about both sides of the argument – thus allowing them to make an informed decision when it came to vote.  On top of this the Politics Society also organised a hustings (debate) the following week, for those who were particularly interested. This gave the girls an opportunity to quiz the IN and OUT teams (composed of members of the Politics Society) and hear a more in depth discussion about the referendum. This was a thrilling debate for all involved.

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The results were as follows: 83% voting to stay within the EU and 17% voting to leave the EU. Although not a surprising result, there was a definite winner. It is clear that most young people want to stay within the EU. Thanks to all the girls in Politics Society who organised it, Mrs Bowyer for bringing it all to life and to all those who turned up to vote!

Devo Manc write of the event

We attended a politics event at People’s History Museum in Manchester regarding the topic of Devolution.

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By definition, Devolution is the delegation of power to a lower level, especially by central government to local or regional administration.

In the morning, we listened to 7 experts from Manchester City Council, Manchester Evening   News Journalists, a CEO of TunaFish Media, who proposed the reasons they thought Devolution could benefit Greater Manchester, the most important issue they would tackle with Devolution and any concerns with the devolved power from central Government.

The main issues they thought would be essential to tackle with this powers included; Homelessness, social housing, transport, the disparity between skills learnt in schools and what is needed in industry, especially regarding technical skills such as coding.

After hearing all the experts prepositions, the chosen idea included the development of a  wider northern power structure, by having a northern layer of government whom would then delegate more powers accordingly to local councils.
In the afternoon, it was a chance for young people to have their say, which is highlighted through the day as so vital within the decision making process. We spilt off into five groups including Education,Health & Social Care, Democracy, Transport and Culture&Identity. We all discussed the good and bad aspects in Manchester amongst these categories. In light of this each group proposed 5 points that they felt would need to be a focus.

The best of points of each group were:
Education: Personalising the education system so that individuals had the chance to choose options more suitable to their interests which perhaps would tackle the skill disparity problem within growing industries.

An idea of a school network which stressed the importance of different schools of different standards, within the 10 boroughs of Great Manchester to collaborate.

Heath & SocialCare: Further promotion of the importance of both mental and physical health. Especially ending the stigma of Mental Health which is inextricably linked to homelessness.

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Democracy: More events to engage young people within both local and national politics, encouraging to their say, not just through a vote. This interest would hopefully show the government that young people are involved within politics and increase the chance of 16 years old receiving the vote.

Transport: Cheaper tickets for young people under the age bracket of (16-18)
More safety on the Metrolink, especially at night.
Throughout the day, comparisons were made to the London transport system and the need for a more integrated transport system was highlighted.

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Culture&Identity: Greater Manchester felt that the new elected mayor, gives us the opportunity to be a figure head in encouraging a regional identity. Hopefully, becoming nationally recognised as a region whom tackles their issues such as Homelessness head on.
As Sixth Form students, the four of us found the day extremely educational and we hope to filter down this knowledge amongst our school community.

On 24th June – Room 13 – Politics Society will be holding a talk on devolution, if you wish to find out more.