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Wrexham School Celebrates 17% Improved GCSE Performance

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Kathryn Pearson, Secondary Account Manager for New Directions Wrexham met with Darland High as the school celebrated their record breaking GCSE results. A spokes person at the school told Kathryn "We are all thrilled. 73% of our Year 11 achieved five good GCSEs including English and Maths. This means that over the last two years, the school has improved its performance in this most important of indicators by 17%. There were many outstanding performances, including Emily Holden and Blythe Hallam, both of Wrexham, who achieved 10 A*s each. Other notable performances were from Jake Aldridge […]

The Maelor School Penley Smashes GCSE Results Day

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Kathryn Pearson – Wrexham Secondary Account Manger met with The Maelor School Penley today as pupils opened their GCSE results to one of the school's most successful years to date. Headteacher for the School Simon Ellis and the Head of Science Mrs Preston spoke to Kathryn about the results... A very proud Head Mr Ellis said “We knew the pupils were good but I have to say they’ve smashed all previous school records and their performance will be one of the best in Wales. To achieve over 80% is a landmark for the school and shows the tremendous dedication of the parents and the teaching […]

Back to Business – a blog from Gary Williams

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With the new term set to start, I have been giving some thought about the academic year ahead. Last year was a year of change, growth and lessons for all that work within the recruitment sector. We have seen compliance standards re-developed, enhanced and re-established. Safeguarding has become more of a hot topic than ever before, and pastorally speaking in 2016 this is a vital progression. I have reflected over the summer about what it means to be a recruitment agency to the education sector in the current climate. Yes, we provide a service linking schools with candidates – be it a teacher, […]

Primary Teacher Open Day

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Due to a big demand for supply teachers in Torfaen, Caerphilly, Blaenau Gwent and Monmouthshire on Wednesday 17th July we held a Primary teacher Open Day in our Brynmawr office. Teachers had the opportunity to come along and meet colleagues in the education sector within their community.   Over 10 candidates came to visit us throughout the day, Gemma Hill, Senior Principal Account Manager commented, "It was fantastic to see so many people come along and meet the team, we are very excited to help these teachers find local work. Being a supply teacher can be a difficult job but we pride […]

Employee of the Month – Manchester


New Directions Education, Manchester is delighted to announce Primary Teacher Kayleigh Lewis as Employee of the Month. Kayleigh has been working as the Year 3 Teacher at Temple Primary School in Cheetham, Manchester since the beginning of the year and was rewarded with vouchers and a certificate for her hard work. Head Teacher John Nish said "Kayleigh is a superb teacher she has worked so hard with their pupils, it’s been a pleasure to have Kayleigh with us".  Branch Manager at New Directions Education, Manchester, Cassie Summerton says, "I am delighted that Kayleigh has been selected […]

New Directions Supports Welsh Language Festival

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Leading Welsh recruitment agency New Directions sponsored the nationally renowned Tafwyl festival school tent. Supporting Welsh language in schools across the Cardiff area, the tent showcased performances from schools including song, dance and dramatic performances of over 5,000 pupils from the region. The Tafwyl festival organised by Menter Iaith Caerdydd, has been Cardiff’s Welsh language festival since 2006 had over 35,000 people attend in 2015. The event supports the 36,735 Welsh language speakers in the capital and encourages continuity and growth of the language. Speaking about […]

Creating a buzz in schools around Cardiff


New Directions are proud to be sponsoring the Pollen8 project. A government funded project through Cardiff University. They are aiming to donate to many Primary Schools in the Cardiff area a free bee hive and bees, also offering training and profit from the honey they produce. The aim of the project is to educate the pupils on life within the hives and how bees work together to create the honey. Julian Rees of Pollen8 Cymru: “The opportunity to show local children fully ‘operational’ beehives is incredible; the students have an amazing fascination of these tiny creatures.” Mrs Davies […]

Recruiter gets his runners on for charity…


A leading Senior Account Manager with award winning agency New Directions Education has raised £438 for the charity British Heart Foundation. James Evans who works to provide primary schools across the Newport area with supply staff pulled on his running shoes to run the JCP Swansea Half Marathon on June 26th this year. Speaking about the marathon and his choice of charity James said ‘The charity is close to my heart (no pun intended). I have people who are very close to me living with heart conditions that may need to call upon the work carried out by this brilliant charity at a future […]

Archdiocese of Liverpool announces Awards to be launched next academic year

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The Archdiocese of Liverpool is set to celebrate success with an awards ceremony sponsored by local recruitment and training agency New Directions Education. The Liverpool Archdiocese Awards will recognise schools and individuals within the Archdiocese community in 12 categories. The awards will be hosted at the prestigious Liver Buildings in what is set to be a stunning red carpet event. Three schools shortlisted for each of the 12 awards will be able to send a party of three (some pupils, some staff) to attend the lunch on Friday March 3rd 2017. Speaking about the decision to sponsor […]

Our Lady Of Perpetual Succour Catholic Primary Crowned Winners

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Our Lady Of Perpetual Succour Catholic Primary were crowned the winners of Widnes Championship Rugby Festival on Thursday 16th June this year. After lots of rain and a thunder storm in the afternoon there was a lot of uncertainty as to whether the event would take place, luckily by 4pm the rain had cleared to make way for clear skies to let play go ahead. After a strong start in the first half it was tough to call the winner. The Our Lady’s Captain took him team to victory by scoring the winning try. Lauran Collins, Account Manager for New Directions Education Wirral branch and First […]