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‘Temp of the Term’ Julia Evans, at The Innovate Project, Caerphilly

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Julia Evans has been awarded as 'Temp of the Term' by the Cardiff SEN Team. Her nomination was put forward by Jon Evans, Branch manager for the business in Cardiff. Julia's recognition has stemmed from her work for the Innovate Project, which is part of the Caerphilly County Borough Council Youth Service. Their aim is to engage and work with young people in Caerphilly who have been unconnected from formal education training and employment. The young people involved in the project are often at risk of exclusion or have been excluded from mainstream education provision and are aged between […]

Lesley Curtis, Supply Teacher of the Year 2014 – An Interview

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We interviewed Lesley Curtis, winner of last year’s Supply Teacher of the Year award to find out what the award meant to her and how it has impacted on her career. Lesley was nominated by Liz Keys, Head Teacher from Bryn Celyn Primary School which was the school she was working at, at the time of the awards. A year on from winning Supply Teacher of the Year award, how has this impacted on your career? Other schools saw me winning the award, so a lot of teachers now recognise me and particularly ask for me to work in their school. In your opinion, what characteristics does an inspirational […]

Inspirational Teaching Awards – Recognising your support staff


In schools across Wales we have a number of unsung heroes who work to ensure that our school buildings run efficiently, that our young people are fed balanced meals and cherished in the playground. From your Caretaker to your Cook, your School Secretary to your Lunchtime Supervisor, these individuals are the very glue that holds the fabric of your school community together. Why not recognise their hard work and the contribution to your team with an Inspirational Teaching Award? We have a specialist Ancillary category to pay homage to support teams throughout Wales. The Inspirational Teaching […]

Celebrating Secondary Education Across Wales

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Inspirational Teaching Awards Do you know a secondary teacher in Wales who deserves recognition? In March 2015 New Directions Education launched our annual Inspirational Teaching Awards. These awards recognise those individuals from across the education community in Wales who deliver outstanding teaching in our schools and colleges. The award for ‘Secondary Teacher of the Year’ always receives a high standard of entries. From Modern Foreign Languages Teachers who make their lessons come alive with innovative interactive dialogue, to Mathematics specialists who develop and encourage […]

Inspirational Teaching Awards – New Category Announced for 2015

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New Directions Education launched our annual Inspirational Teaching Awards on March 12th 2015. This year we have created an additional category for FE Lecturer. We believe that every facet of the education sector across Wales should be involved in celebrating success. The Further Education community adds so much to the learning and development of our young people, and to the growth of lifelong learning sector. Speaking about the award, Kelly Storer, Regional Manager for New Directions said ‘This category honours those individuals who work to ensure post-16 education remains current and […]



Sixteen primary schools from across Knowsley and Liverpool have taken part in a basketball tournament organised by the ‘Everton in the Community’ initiative. The competition, sponsored by education recruitment and training specialists New Directions Education took place on 1st April 2015 for the second successive year. As part of their preparation and training for the event, each school received at least two coaching sessions from professional experts - the Everton Tigers.. Denise Sunderland, Reception Teacher from Broadgreen Primary spoke about her school’s participation in the […]

Inspirational Teaching Awards Sponsor The Consortium Q&A


On 12th March 2015 New Directions Education launched our annual Inspirational Teaching Awards. This event celebrates all that is outstanding within the education sector across Wales. The awards a sponsored by some key partners to the education sector, and this year we are delighted to be working with The Consortium. The business has been serving organisations and businesses delivering public services for over 40 years. They currently work with over 25,000 customers from the education, early years and care sectors providing them with all the supplies and services they need to operate on a daily […]

New Directions Manchester ‘Temp of the Month’

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New Directions Education Manchester would like to announce Stephen Blight from Manchester as their Temp of The Month. Essa Primary described Stephen as ‘a consistently professional, hard-working superstar'. Since joining New Directions the team say that Stephen has built up a very good reputation, and has now become an irreplaceable member of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) team at Essa Primary. Joanna Wood, the Headteacher of ESSA Primary was full of praise and said of Stephen He has been so adaptable in an ever-changing role, has taken a natural leading role in the EYFS team and […]

New Football Kit for Ysgol Penrhyn

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New Directions Education are now the proud sponsors of Ysgol Penrhyn's football team. This month the business delivered the new kits directly to the children. The squad tried on their football kits for the first time, and were battling between them who will take which number shirts. We got a snapshot of the team with the Team Coach (Mr Owen - left); the Head Teacher (Mr Mathias - middle); and Dan Bailey from New Directions (right). Headteacher, Mr Mathias said of the sponsorship 'We're very grateful and the children are delighted with their new kits. At the moment the children are preparing […]

Inspirational Teaching Award Sponsors

We are delighted to announce that our sponsors for the 2015 Inspirational Teaching Awards are:   Lloyds Bank Headline Sponsor One of the big top four banks in the UK, with branches across England and Wales.     Western Mail Main Sponsor Owned by Trinity Mirror, the Western Mail is a daily newspaper printed throughout Wales.     The Consortium Main Sponsor and sponsor for the Primary Teacher category The Consortium has been serving organisations and businesses delivering […]