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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 […]


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…

Image of staff in a training session

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?

Group of children smiling at the camera

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, […]


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 them 3 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) Potoroo 5. 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 […]