New Directions for Newham Borough

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New Directions Education has teamed up with the University of East London (UEL) to offer career advice for their 2012 graduates. The partnership is hoped to create a professional and personable advice hub for newly qualified teachers.

On Thursday May 9 the partnership launched their first careers event at the UEL campus in Stratford. With a series of events including a panel discussion and several workshops, the day attracted over 100 graduates.

Former Head Master turned New Directions Business Development Manager Bob Meier comments: ‘I was asked to take part in a panel discussion at the event. It gave newly qualified teachers the opportunity to ask the burning questions all teachers starting their career want to ask. It was certainly a lively session; lasting well over the one hour allocated.’

The New Directions team pre-registered details from over 70 students at the event. They ranged from Teaching Assistants to Newly Qualified Teachers in both the primary and secondary sectors. Kate Robinson, speaking on behalf of New Directions added: ‘The day was incredibly inspirational – delegates were enthused and inspired by the panel discussion, especially the honesty of Bob. They were extremely keen to consume his vast knowledge within the education sector.’

University of East London offers around 100 different programmes across their Cass School of Education and Communities. These range from under graduate to post graduate, as well short-courses for continuous professional development.

The Newham Borough, which houses the Cass School at UEL, and is home to 80% of their students, has exactly 100 schools. These are predominantly infant, junior and community primary schools.

Kate Robinson adds ‘The demographic of the students we registered compliments the borough perfectly. We will be working closely with the university in the coming weeks to match NQTs to schools.’