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Benefits of outdoor learning

We’re sure you can all remember a time when we were younger, running through the woods, jumping in puddles, swinging precariously from trees discovering new and exciting things on our adventures.We enjoyed the rare school trip once or twice a year where we would visit sea aquariums, museums or zoos. For most of us this was all the outdoor learning we experienced, but when we were at home we were rarely inside. Instead, children would fill the streets outside their homes, riding bikes, playing football and other games.Over the years it seems with better technology readily available to […]

School Dinners Around the World

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In the UK for years school dinners have been subject to mockery, campaigns to create a healthier culture and many a playground school rhyme. Our team decided to investigate how we shape up against the rest of the world. We were, at times shocked with what we discovered.In an attempt to make ourselves feel better we headed across the pond to America – they were sure to have school dinners that would outdo our own turkey twizzling offer of the mid-nineties. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that one third of children in America are obese. With a reported typical lunch of […]

The 100 legendary women who could be the first to be immortalised

We would like to wish a huge congratulations to one of our very own Learning Support Assistants, Martha Musonza Holman, founder of Love Zimbabwe charity and Love Zimbabwe CIC who has made the shortlist of 100 legendary welsh women who could be made into Cardiff’s first female statute. The list is made up of 50 historical and 50 present-day women to mark the 100 years of women’s vote.In September, 50 of the historical women will be whittled down to just five by a panel and then put to public vote to decide which of the legendary women will be immortalised into an iron statue. The statue […]

Spring Attendance Winners

We were recently invited to one of the schools we work within Liverpool, to present to the lucky winner of the spring attendance prize draw.Kerry one of our account managers from the Wirral office attended St Margaret Mary's Infants Catholic Primary School to present the lucky winner with £50 worth of Chester Zoo vouchers for the Spring attendance prize draw. The children entered into the draw needed to achieve 100% attendance with no late marks from 27th February to 7th April 2017.Kerry met with the school’s Business Manager, Deputy Head of the School Council members and the attendance […]

Rise in weapon attacks in the UK; are our schools safe?

Gang warfare is rife in the UK, especially in London with 50 plus killings so far this year. The steady rise in knife and gun attacks is in direct correlation to this is and has been increasing year-on-year, finally reaching a boiling point in January 2018. This seems to be having a detrimental effect on school children and what they deem as appropriate. In 2016-17 alone, 1,369 weapons were found at schools across the UK- a rise of almost 20% on the previous year. Children are arming themselves and heading off to school, some as young as four have been caught armed with knives and other lethal […]

Boys in skirts, girls in trousers

Should children wear school uniforms? And if so should schools be more flexible in what they wear? In today’s society of gender fluid, trans, gay, hetro individuals why not let boys wear skirts and girls wear trousers? Many schools in the UK have faced recent backlash over the strict rules they enforced on school uniforms. Some were even sending children home if they break the rules; not allowing boys to wear shorts and all children having to keep their blazers on during the hot summer months.Eighty state institutions, including 40 primary schools, have either removed reference to girls and […]

The name of a new high school to replace Llandrindod and Builth Wells has been revealed.

Both schools are due to close in July and will be transformed into one large bilingual school. The new school will operate on the two existing sites from September 2018.Powys County Council has now revealed it intends on naming the school Ysgol Calon Cymru, which translates as the ‘Heart of Wales School’.County Councillor Hywel Lewis, who represents Llangunllo, has given his full support on the name change, recently stating; "I am in full agreement with the chosen name for the new Mid Wales school."We at New Directions are looking forward to seeing the new school and hope to carry […]

How to create the perfect revision timetable

Whatever you are revising for it is good to set out a plan of action; set times and amount of revision, give yourself goals and rewards.Plan early Preparation is key! Create reminders in your phone of your revision times or setup a calendar on the wall; use something that you will look at every day and works for you, so you can track your progress. Make sure to spread your time out evenly and you give yourself breaks in-between each session so you give your brain a rest. When structuring your revision plan, you must make sure that sufficient “blank” time is left close to the exam to revisit […]

How’s your sign language?

There are an estimated 11 million people in the UK who are Deaf or hard of hearing.Every country has its own sign language. Here in the UK most people use British Sign Language (BSL) which is not simply the English language with hand signs, it has its own grammar and sentence construction. So, whist we would say “what is your name?” in BSL it would be signed “Your name, what?”Deafness is the third most common disability in the world. Most deaf people don’t view their deafness as a disability or as a problem that should be fixed. For many of them, it’s a natural part of their […]

Lesson Planning Tips: Make An Impact in Every Lesson

Lesson planning can be one of the most time-consuming aspects of a teaching role. To help try to shorten this process we have gathered some useful tips to help you properly plan and execute innovative lessons every time:Who are you planning for? Before you even begin to plan, you have to understand who you are planning for and what is the best way to inspire them.Make objectives What is your goal for the outcome of the lesson? Be specific in your points. As an NQT, your lesson plans will still be subject to scrutiny, just as they were during your training. But don’t be tempted to over-plan […]