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Raising Autism Awareness in Schools

Last week, New Directions Education hosted Caedraw Primary school for their Erasmus event at one of our regional offices based in Merthyr Tydfil.The event saw teaching professionals attend from all over Europe; Latvia, Iceland, Slovakia and Estonia. The aim was to share knowledge on how to raise awareness of autism in schools as part of their Erasmus programme.The day began with an introduction by Jill Watkins, the Ex-Head Teacher of Caedraw Primary School and now the ALN Lead Officer for Merthyr Tydfil County Council in which she talked about Additional Learning Needs within a school setting […]

Girls score high in under 11’s football tournament

New Directions Education teamed up with Cardiff City Foundation to host another exciting football tournament for under 11yrs girls schools teams in the Cardiff area. A total of  57 teams from 47 schools participated in the three-day tournament.Eight teams made it to the final group stages today, where they battled it out in 12 minute matches throughout the morning in which four teams to made it to the semi-finals, which were:Millbank Vs Radyr and Dolau Vs CorytonThe semi-finals games were very closely matched. The girls kept up a ferocious pace throughout, not stopping until the final […]

Donated Running Vests are lighting the way for Risca Comprehensive

New Directions Education presented Risca Community Comprehensive School today with thirty running vests for their newly formed running club.This is the very first running club for the school and is still fairly new after only beginning in April 2018.The idea for this club came after Barri Mock, The Head of Welsh, noticed a need for the children who weren’t part of any teams to find a way to keep active.Students and teachers of Risca Comprehensive are invited to join every Friday after school to run either a 3K, 4.7K or 6K route. The children will be rewarded for their dedication with […]

New Directions Host Event to Support Newly Qualified Teachers

NQTs attending information session with New Directions

On Wednesday 5th September 2018, New Directions Education held the second of their Newly Qualified Teacher Seminars at their Cardiff head office.The leading education agency have facilitated these drop-in sessions for over half a decade, dedicated to equipping those teaching professionals fresh from university with a wider outlook on the current education recruitment landscape.Guest speakers included Mark Phipps - Qualifications and Registrations Manager from the Education Workforce Council (EWC) who spoke about how the organisation can support new Teachers and what they need to do to complete […]

New Directions and Cardiff City Continue Commitment to Girls Football

Crickhowell Community Primary School - winners of Girls Under 11 Cup

New Directions Education and the Cardiff City Community Foundation have demonstrated their commitment to girls football for another year.The 2018 Girls Schools Under 11 Cup was held on Wednesday 4th July amid an unanticipated heatwave and more skill on display than ever before.The final was fought out by Crickhowell Community Primary School and Georgetown Primary School with Crickhowell taking the eventual title.A spokesperson for New Directions described the event ‘It was a great event. I only arrived during the semi-finals. At the exact moment the weather turned! It was very atmospheric […]

New Directions Education – Echoing Estyn Sentiments with CPD

Gary Williams speaks at a conference addressing delegates.

A report by the office of Her Majesty's Inspectorate for Education and Training in Wales – Estyn has today reported that the quality of teaching in schools improves when staff are working in an environment where they are trusted and supported.The report identifies that environments in which schools allow their teachers to learn are the most successful in improving the quality of their teaching.Gary Williams, Director of Business Development for New Directions Education welcomed the findings ‘we want to ensure that the supply staff that work for our organisation have access to as much […]

Clearing the way for Newport Forest School

New Directions staff in forest

A leading education recruitment team swapped the comfort of their desks for a day to help clear the way for a Newport school’s forest classroom.Four staff from the award-winning Cardiff business were invited by Kim Fisher, Deputy Headteacher of Crindau Primary School to roll up their sleeves and get to one-to-one with nature to help tidy the overgrown resource.Kim explained more ‘due to the cold harsh winter and hot summer, our outdoor classroom has become extremely overgrown and too hazardous for pupils to use’ The costs to clear the area professionally were set at a hefty £1,000 […]

National Recruiter Opens State-of-the-Art Training Suite

Delegates at Harlech Suite Conference

On Thursday 14th June 2018 New Directions Education formally opened their fully equipped training suite as part of their continued commitment to their schools, colleges and candidates across South Wales.New Directions who are the ‘managed service provider’ of staff to the education community throughout Wales made the move in a bid to support the objectives of the sector in upskilling and facilitating a more accessible offer for those who work within the supply environment.Gary Williams, Director of Business Development for the organisation comments ‘there are numerous agencies throughout […]

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

Image of a tray of sandwiches

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 […]