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Singapore Education Ministry Visits Liverpool School

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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

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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 […]


FREE Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) Partnership Evening in Swansea

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New Directions Education will be holding a partnership evening in Swansea aimed at Newly Qualified Teachers in 2015. The aim of the event is to support those entering the sector with specialist information. From protecting your professional reputation online to answering questions about the application process, our specialist panel of presenters will be on hand to help. The details… Location: New Directions Education, 5 Prospect Place, Swansea, SA1 1QP Date: Thursday 2nd July 2015 Time: 17:00 to 19:00 RSVP: swansea@new-directions.co.uk


Worm Turns for School Fundraising Efforts

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A Chester school has continued with their unique approach to raising funds for their students by hosting their annual Worm Festival. Tattenhall Park Primary School launched the idea of a Worm Festival four years ago, with an idea inspired by the Deputy Headteacher, Emma Clark. Speaking about the event, Headteacher Laura Noble said. ‘The Tattenhall Park School annual Worm Fest is such a fun way to engage the whole community and to raise some funds for our school at the same time. The winners of the Worm Fest Trophy automatically qualify to enter the International Worm Charming Championship. […]


Amazing Motivational Methods at Undy Primary school

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This term Rachel Allen, Primary Account Manager for Monmouthshire had the great pleasure of supporting Undy Primary School, Magor with Educational Prizes for their motivational raffle. Mark Gunn, the Headteacher at Undy Primary approached New Directions to make a positive contribution to their motivational raffle at the school. The idea was to reward pupils who consistently work hard and always adhere to school rules. When teachers witnessed this behaviour from pupils, they would be rewarded with a raffle ticket and the chance to win a prize at the end of the week. After receiving their 5th […]


Supporting Newly Qualified Teachers in the Local Community

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A host of education professionals came together in Cardiff last week to offer practical advice to students qualifying as teachers this year in South Wales. At a critical time in the student’s journey into the education sector, leading recruitment and training provider, New Directions Education gave newly qualified teachers from the local community a head start when looking for work, by inviting recent graduates to a free NQT seminar held at their head office in Cardiff. The event gave individuals an opportunity to meet face-to-face with Headteachers, mentors and other pertinent representatives […]


Inspirational Teaching Awards: An Interview with John Healy

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As part of the build up to this year’s Inspirational Teaching Awards, we are interviewing previous winners to find out what winning the award meant to them. Carolyn Pearse, Communications Officer for New Directions Holdings interviews John Healy, last year’s Inspirational Teaching Award winner for Primary Head and now works for New Directions as a Business Development Officer. John, it’s almost a year on from winning your inspirational teaching award, how has this impacted your career? It was a wonderful accolade towards the end of my headship career which ended on a high. I had […]


New Directions Supports National Supply Teacher Week #NSTW

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National Supply Teacher Week #NSTW will run once more commencing June 15th 2015. The aim of this event is to recognise, celebrate and say thanks to the very important staff who work within the supply sector across England and Wales. New Directions Education is proud to support this initiative, and in doing so we have committed to a number of pledges of support to ensure that supply staff from across all of our offices - Cardiff, Swansea, Wrexham, Brynmawr, Aberystwyth, Bridgend, Liverpool, Wirral and Manchester. New Directions Education has been embedded within the supply teaching community […]


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