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So you think your school run is bad?

We are all guilty of having a moan about the school run journey. During which we are constantly getting stuck in traffic or undergoing issues with the public transport causing our travel time to nearly double and making us late for the rest of the day.The change in weather can also have a huge adverse effect on our journey times, as we all experienced recently with the snow storm from the ‘Beast from the East’. Schools and most of the UK shutdown, with temperatures dropping to -2c and many parts of the UK enduring a snowfall of up to 8cm. Some of those who braved the commute were stuck […]


Our commitment to continuous professional development continues…

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New Directions Education works to align support to our candidates and clients beyond the recruitment service we offer. We are dedicated to the development of our staff and we want to ensure that the schools we work with benefit from the best supply across the UK.Howard Burge, National Director for our organisation explains more:“We often talk about how isolating the world of supply can be for our staff. For many – it’s a defined choice they take to work day-to-day – it affords them flexibility and variety. For others it is a ‘foot in the door’ to find the type of environment […]


Dolls are for girls and Lego is for boys

When we were younger we all had naive ideals of what we wanted to be when we grew up; Astronaut, Famous Footballer, Cowboy or Fairy Princess. As we got older our dreams would probably change slightly to; Doctor, Engineer, Policeman or Scientist. But how much were our decisions affected by the stereotypical environment we grew up in and the toys we were given to play with; dolls are for girls and Lego for boys.Gender role diversity can start very early on from the toys our children are given to the widely dispersed perception that pink is for girls and blue for boys. Hamley’s store in London […]


In a digital world, are our children becoming detached from reality?

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In 1995 less than 1% of the world population had access to the internet. Fast forward to 2016 and approximately 40% of the entire planets occupants have the world at their fingertips. With almost half of the world accessing online materials – there is no defined explicit common user.From silver surfers to tactile toddlers tapping at a screen and everyone in between – the internet and all associated technologies are more accessible to most people in the developing world than ever before.But what does this mean for our teens?The Children’s Commissioner for England warned recently, […]


New School Build for Ysgol y Berwyn

On Tuesday 13th February Gwynedd Council’s cabinet met to consider a recommendation to issue statutory notices on the proposal to establish a Welsh Medium 3-19 Learning Campus with community status on the current Ysgol y Berwyn site, in Bala with a scheduled opening on 1st September 2019.A spokes person for the planning team said, "The Diocese of St Asaph wishes to support a way forward that protects the investment of £10m and allows the new school to open as soon as possible so that the children of Bala, Penllyn and the wider community can benefit.”New Directions Aberystwyth works […]


Are your children addicted to Social Media?

Since the release of the first social media platform, ‘Six Degrees’, in 1997, Social media has taken the world by storm. Everyone uses it from multi-million pound companies, the general public, celebrities and even the Queen. It can be a very useful and tool where you can communicate with friends you might not see regular, promote your business to a worldwide audience in an instant and even turn your photos into something worthy of a high end fashion magazine. So what is the downside?Children today are becoming increasingly anxious about their online image as they head into their teens. […]


Go Green Week 2018

Go Green Week ran from the 12th-16th February 2018, it is organised by People & Planet who are highlighting the climate crisis we are facing and the reliance we have on fossil fuels. People & Planet are demanding that banks put a stop to financing fossil fuel extraction which drives the climate crisis and repeats colonial injustices.Although Europe’s great empires dissolved in the 20th Century, Colonialism is still in effect today in one form or other. It has been transformed by fossil fuel companies and financial capitals causing severe climate change in the Global South by extracting […]


Extinct Animals, How Much Do You know?

1. True or False? In 1914, the last passenger pigeon died in captivity at Cincinnati Zoo.2. Which two reasons make grey squirrels dangerous to endangered red squirrels? a) They attack them and eat them b) They eat the acorns first and carry a disease that kills them3 True or False? A dire wolf’s powerful bite-force could crush a skull.4. What is the name of this endangered creature? a) Pademelon b) Pangolin c) Peccary d) Potoroo5. True or False? The Irish elk was the biggest deer in the world.6. What is the name of the world’s last surviving male northern white […]


Work Experience – the good tips guide

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Work experience is almost every young persons rite of passage in the UK. It's an opportunity for students to essentially 'try-before-you-buy' and add a little experience to their CV in an ever changing competitive employment landscape.In this article we offer some top tips for people embarking upon work experience. We will explore how to get the most out of time spent gaining knowledge and understanding of different employers.#1 You never get the chance to make a second first impression...Do your research, before you attend your work experience find out more about the business you are […]


Swimming as a Life Skill in Schools

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Swimming is often described as a ‘life skill’. Swimming and water safety is currently included within the national curriculum (in England), with the objective being that all children should be able to leave primary school with the ability to swim and how to stay safe in the water. Source: Swim England.Swim England also reports that 31% of year 6 pupils leave primary school without the minimum swimming ability and water safety skills.In Wales Swim Wales has the commitment of all 22 local authorities for the ‘Every Child a Swimmer’ initiative. Swimming is also a part of the curriculum […]