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Wrexham Primary Athletics Festival

Wrexham Athletics Festival

New Directions were the proud sponsors of Wrexham Primary Athletics Festival held at Queesnway Sports Centre on Wednesday 17th June 2015. It was a wonderful event and the rain just about held off for the day. The event was well supported by the local schools in Wrexham and many parents came along to support their children competing. New Directions were delighted to be a part of the day and supported the event by sponsoring, and giving out the trophies and medals. Photograph: (left - right) Mr Robert Ratcliffe; Shelley Nicholls; Wrexhams fastest boy and Wrexham's fastest girl (100 metre sprint […]

Denbigh High’s production of ‘The Lion King’ is a roaring success


Denbigh High have staged an extremely successful production of “The Lion King” selling out tickets over an impressive 4 dates in July! Carol Fielden, one of the members of staff at Denbigh High  went on to say “it was the best production that the school has ever put on and I feel incredibly proud to have been part of it.” To support this production the school required some donations and prizes to raise funds for the show to go ahead. This included a non uniform day and a raffle in which New Directions Education Wrexham branch donated a £25 Argos voucher.

The amazing Mr Jenkins retires from Libanus Primary School, Blackwood


On Thursday 16th July 2015, Laura Jeffreys and Gemma Hill from New Directions Education met with Mr Peter Jenkins to bid him farewell as he retired from Libanus Primary School in Blackwood. On arrival at the school, Mr Jenkins thanked the team for his recent invite to the New Directions Inspirational Teacher Awards, held at the Mercure Holland House in Cardiff in June. He remarked how he was overwhelmed by how much of a 'big deal' the event was and how many people were present. Mr Jenkins took a particular interest in the 'The Choir Factor' winners, Treorchy Comprehensive, adding that he […]

New Directions Sponsor Flintshire Primary Games Association 2015

[caption id="attachment_50040" align="alignleft" width="320"] Front: 2nd & 3rd from the right are best boy athletes Dominic (Golfty) and Jack (Mountain Lane). 4th from the right is best girl athlete Holly (St Winefride's)[/caption] New Directions were the proud sponsors of the Flintshire Primary Games Association 2015. The presentation was held at Gwynedd Primary School in Flint on Monday 6th July 2015 and Mrs Kate Fox-Parry from Caer Nant was the Chairperson. The Main Award Winners on the day were: Outstanding Contribution to Sport in Flintshire = Mr Neil Owen (Class Teacher at Ysgol […]

Paralympic hero shares his Olympic success with Welsh pupils

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Paralympic hero John Harris this week visited a school in South Wales to talk to students about his journey through sport after a life-changing accident rendered him paralysed. Students heard from John about how he achieved sporting success as a Paralympian and how he has gone on to raise thousands of pounds for charities dedicated to sport for children with disabilities. Having been paralysed at the age of 18 after falling almost 20 metres from a fairground ride, John Harris was encouraged to start training again. He had been a keen sportsman before his accident and was recognised as having […]

Primary Teacher Open Day – August 5th 2015

New Directions Education will be holding an open day for Primary Teaching staff on the 5th August 2015. Details as follows:

Singapore Education Ministry Visits Liverpool School


Delegates from the Singapore Ministry for Education have visited the Royal School for the Blind in Liverpool. The visit was conducted as a fact finding mission for the delegates, who included Dr Chong Suet Ling (Lead specialist, Special Education Branch, Ministry of Education Singapore), Ms Teo Pek Wan (Senior Assistant Director, NCSS) and Mr Chua Yew Sein Michael (Special Education Officer, SE Branch, Ministry of Education, Singapore). The team visited staff and students at the Wavertree school to gain insight into the education of young people who have a visual impairment here in the UK. […]

Supporting Newly Qualified Teachers in the local community


On Thursday 2nd July, leading recruitment and training provider, New Directions Education delivered a seminar to Newly Qualified Teachers in Swansea focusing on how the education sector is moving forward into the technological era. Former Headteacher, now NQT mentor, Ed Berry talked to the students about the key issues and changes in their practices during their NQT Induction year. Ed spoke about how the 55 Practicing Teaching Standards have moved from paper to online and how to make the most out of the year. Ruth Dalton, Group Head of Communications for New Directions talked to the delegates […]

Supporting Communities across Bridgend

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Last Thursday evening saw the second Active Young People Development (AYPD) Leadership Pathway event, named ‘The Road to Rio’, celebrating the achievements of young people, schools and communities across Bridgend. The Leadership Pathway was set up by Bridgend County Borough Council to create a pool of volunteers who deliver physical activity sessions in their local community, saving the local economy a substantial amount of money whilst creating a skilled workforce. Over the last 12 months, pupils have delivered 2880 hours of work, equating to an impressive £24,000 at minimum wage. Leading […]

Shropshire College raises an impressive £9K at summer fete

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Derwen College a residential college for students with additional learning needs in Gobowen, Shropshire has raised a massive £9k at their annual fete. The College held the successful summer fete in mid-June which saw visitors flocking to the event amid glorious sunshine. The day offered a vast array of attractions and activities for the visiting crowds including go-kart rides, a coconut shy, penalty shootout, bottle stall, bric-a-brac stands and cake stalls. Local organisations supported the event, by donating their time, activities and various raffle prizes, including an iPad Air which […]