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Pontllanfraith Playground Project

On Wednesday 15th February, New Directions Account Manager, Gemma Hill and Business Development Manager, Peter Cornelious visited Pontllanfraith Primary School to donate £300 towards their new playground equipment. The children at Pontllanfraith Primary School have previously been using an old yard which was small, in poor condition and lacked security. They have recently moved the yard where the car park used to be at the front of the school and have been raising money to bring the new yard up to scratch. Angela Taylor, Headteacher at Pontllanfraith Primary School told us, "We've been successful […]

Celebrating Success – Trophies and Beyond…a blog by Howard Burge

As I walked into the office this morning I passed our perfectly polished trophy cabinet. I have to admit that it does provoke a sense of pride knowing that the hard work of our teams across the UK has been acknowledged. Each week the workforce of Great Britain turns up to their place of employment and dedicates their time (hopefully) to creating a better tomorrow for their organisation – of course the reward generally is a remuneration package, a salary and healthy benefits. With the exception of those that do so much for charity, there is normally financial reward. Here in our team we […]

The Intermediaries Legislation (IR35) and the Impact for Schools…a blog by Gary Williams

The first half-term break of 2017 is fast approaching. Our teams across Wales and the North of England will welcome the respite, as I am sure the whole of the education community will. Throughout January we have worked to develop our strategy for the year ahead of us, and of course much of this is informed by the changes and reform within the education sector itself. One of the key outcomes of the 2016 Autumn Statement was the plan for reform Intermediaries Legislation (IR35) in April this year. I reviewed the statement with interest as I realised what this meant and the huge implications it […]

£20m Funding for the Additional Learning Needs Sector in Wales – a blog by Jon Evans

News has arrived with our team today (Via Business News Wales – thank you!) about the government’s plans to allocate an extra £20m spend in Additional Learning Needs (ALN) education provision across Wales. We are absolutely delighted to hear this commitment to a sector that has been at the heart of our provision for many years. We started out with a small team of ambitious Account Managers who had a passion for sustaining supply for ALN schools. Now we employ a team of 12 people who work tirelessly to support our brilliant schools offering such an important provision to the education community […]

New Directions Announced as Cardiff Life Finalist for a Second Year

Leading business services organisation New Directions have been announced as ‘finalists’ in the ‘Best Company’ category at the Cardiff Life Awards. This is a second successive year of shortlisting for the organisation who had a 2016 in which they won a flurry of awards and became Wales’ first supply agency to be announced ‘Gold Status – Investors in People’ status. Speaking about the shortlisting, Group Head of Communications and Marketing - Ruth Dalton said ‘I have worked as part of this team now for over five years. I have watched the growth and change within the business. […]

New Hub Announced for Leading Recruiter

New Directions Education have announced the appointment of a new 'hub' within their central office to support the work of the recruitment team who link up with schools and colleges across the UK. The team, led by former Teacher Meilir Tecwyn who will be assisted by Montana Hooper will work to drive processes to ensure the smooth registration and clearance of supply staff looking to work within the education sector. We caught up with the team to find out a little bit more about their plans for the future. Tell us more about the hub... The hub will become a centre of excellence for candidate […]

Big Up Blaenau Gwent – a blog by Gary Williams

Gary Williams

New Directions Education has worked with schools across Blaenau Gwent since 1999. Our team have nurtured brilliant relationships with the entire community in order to understand their supply needs and the type of staff they need to nurture their students. The region as a whole has often had a spotlight on it regards employment ratios, but we believed in the area so much we opened an office there - right in the heart of Brynmawr. By 2015 69,500* people were listed as residing in the region – 62.3% of those individuals were of a working age. 64% of those of a working age were in employment […]

St Peters clinch the title in the Cardiff City Foundation Cup

St Peters RC Primary School from Roath have triumphed as the New Directions sponsored Cardiff City FC Foundation Kids Cup winners for 2017.   The final saw the Cardiff side clinch the win over Swansea side Pontybrenin in a close South Wales derby final.   Dean Pymble, the Sport Engagement Manager for Cardiff City FC commented on the success of the tournament. “The Cardiff City FC Foundation and Kinder +Sport EFL Kids Cup in partnership with New Directions Education has been a massive success this season with a record number of teams participating. 160 teams in total took […]

Award Winning North Wales Business Supports School Art Initiative

New Directions Wrexham have worked to support Babanod Y Foryd with fund raising efforts for their creative pursuits. Sarah Baker, Account Manager for the award winning North Wales supply teaching agency has been working closely with the school and their ‘Creative Collaborations Project’. The school have been engaged in – environmental arts, kite making, drum making, writing, story telling, magic light theatre group participation, dancing, animation with clay, music and singing with the Welsh National Opera with a number of professional artists and associated art groups and projects. After […]

Christmas Card Competition Winner 2016

Ten year old, Niamh from Darrenlas Primary School based in Mountain Ash in Rhondda Cynon Taf has won first prize in a national Christmas card design competition, run by New Directions Education. The competition which is now in its 16th year is open to the whole education sector across the UK and received over 1000 entries, so this is a fantastic achievement for Ten year old Niamh who was delighted to have his design printed on New Directions’ Christmas cards and win £500 for her school. Chloe Devereux, Primary Account Manager for New Directions presented Niamh with her winning card and […]