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New Directions Education – International Division

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New Directions Education International Division covers all things recruitment for the overseas education community. We spoke with Louise O’Hanlon and Emily Tune - Account Managers for the team about the growth of the business and plans for international travel… Can you tell us about why the International Team was put together? New Directions has been in operation since 1994. That’s 20 years working within the recruitment and training sector. We have worked hard to develop strong relationships with the education communities across England and Wales. As the global market has grown across […]

Teacher Perspective: My Favourite Event in the School Calendar


We asked a handful of teaching staff - what is your favourite event in the school calendar... It has to be the annual school show that our drama department works so hard to produce every Christmas time. It is lovely to see the hard work and dedication pay off after seeing both teachers and students faces at the end when everyone applauds. It really is the highlight of the year! Miss Wilcox, Drama Teacher The best part of the school year, for me, is the first day back after the summer holidays. Hearing all of the student’s stories about their holiday abroad or their adventures with their […]

New Directions Chairman Takes the #Icebucketchallenge

New Directions co-founder and Chairman Jeff Tune has this week accepted the ice bucket challenge set to him by daughter Emily Tune. Jeff, who is a long time supporter of charities including the NSPCC performed his challenge yesterday evening. In turn, he nominates Gary Williams (Director of Business Development for New Directions Education) Howard Burge (Regional Manager for New Directions Education) and Greg Element (Group Finance Director). Don't forget your donation guys... httpv://

Teacher Development: What can new and experienced teachers learn from each other?


One of the best ways for new and experienced teachers to integrate, sharing their collective experiences, is through mentoring. New teachers can have feelings of doubt and are at pains to admit mistakes they might make. When you enter a new profession it is easy to panic when you think you have made an error in judgment, leading to fear and unnecessary embarrassment. Experienced teachers have been through this tough early stage and, when teamed with a new teacher, can alleviate the pressure, provide assurance that simple mistakes are common in the early stages of a teaching career and impart […]

In the Spotlight: Top tips on raising confidence in students

Children with Balloons

Some students will breeze through their education with a natural ability for learning. They soak up every piece of information fed to them and will rarely struggle throughout their academic lives. However learning does not come naturally to every pupil and, whilst some encounter little resistance when taught, others struggle to grasp abstract concepts or find it difficult to apply to their everyday life what they learn in the classroom. For these pupils - they may become despondent and quickly retreat away from education, setting themselves on a path to mediocrity or even failure. Instilling confidence […]

New academic year – how to make your students feel welcome

Books and Apple WEB

Do you remember the feeling you had at the end of the summer holidays? The new school year is approaching fast and you are filled with a mixture of excitement and apprehension. You are happy to be seeing the friends you have missed through the summer, but you are a little nervous about what to expect from your new teacher, classmates and school. It is a natural part of the school experience, but it can certainly be a little scary. As a teacher, what can you do to settle your new students quickly and make them feel at home in their new environment? It may seem obvious, but one of the easiest […]

New Directions Candidate – One in a million…

Helen and Philweb

In July this year New Directions Education filled our one millionth day of cover. In celebration, we awarded both the school and the candidate involved an iPad in recognition and thanks of this achievement. This week we met with Helen Dawson, a modern foreign languages teacher who was working in Llanishen High School at the time of the milestone to present her with her tablet. Phil Indge, Account Manager (pictured with Helen) was delighted to award Helen the iPad commenting 'reaching our millionth day of cover was a real achievement for the business. We have had an excellent year, and to top […]

New Directions Swansea Summer Club – The final day…

oliver and kids

Sadly all good things must come to an end, and today was the last day of the pilot of New Directions’ Summer Club. We have hosted a wide range of activities from felt making and puppetry to sports and even dance contests, and the children have had a great time. For our last day we will be having a party, making our own s’mores from biscuits and marshmallows, and enjoying some snacks and music. The children are sad to see the end of the summer club, and as you can see they quite literally don’t want to let go of Oliver! This was our pilot scheme, so we will be evaluating the success […]

Swansea Summer Club Week Three


This week our summer club has been action-packed, with activities ranging from cricket to throwing clay pots and painting jewellery. Oliver Tune and Lauren Lawrence joined the summer club team this week, and have been busy providing the children with engaging projects. Week three has been a particularly sporty one, with the children enjoying games of cricket and basketball, as well as taking shots at the inflatable penalty shoot-out. We encourage teamwork and good sportsmanship as part of our sports activities, and the children have all shown a healthy sense of competition. However, we […]

Summer Camp Take 2

felt making

As the second week of New Directions Education Swansea Summer Camp in Dunvant Primary draws to an end, the children and staff have reported that they have had a fantastic week. With more children attending and the weather improving, they have had the opportunity to undertake many more exciting activities. While loom bands are still being changed into every design imaginable, the children have also had a go at making felt, designing their own masks, creating and competing in their own obstacle courses and turned their culinary skills to making rice crispy cakes which were enjoyed by all. [gallery […]