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 from the education industry who provided invaluable advice.
Howard Burge, National Director for New Directions opened the event, addressing the audience with a series of key points regards supply teaching. He told the delegates ‘supply work offers you a chance to ‘try before you buy’, get some experience in a variety of schools and see what suits your plans best’. He went on to add ‘no matter what their journey with supply work they ‘must choose an agency with integrity’ to pledge their allegiance to’.

The event had a host of speakers from a variety of backgrounds delivering sessions on a host of topics including:

Ruth Dalton, Group Head of Communications, New Directions – How to protect your professional reputation on social media.

Jonathan Bussy, Headteacher, Radyr Primary School – Preparing to apply for jobs in the teaching sector

Bob Meier, Safeguarding Officer, New Directions – Exploring safeguarding for supply

Ed Berry , NQT Mentor – Navigating the NQT year

One newly qualified teacher who attended the event commented, ‘I particularly enjoyed the advice given about the applications for jobs very useful, along with lots of practical tips. The session was very beneficial and all relevant to me and other candidates’.

Anna Powell, Branch Manager for New Directions Education’s Cardiff Primary team, ‘This is an invaluable event for NQT’s to get ahead in the job search process. It also gave them the opportunity to meet our Account Managers and register with New Directions for supply work’.

For anyone that missed this event and would like to keep up to date with any future events that the team holds, please contact them on 02920 390133 or email

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