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Manchester Office – Candidate Testimonials

Candidate Testimonials

I have found my Account Manager a very professional and efficient individual, who has looked after my work contracts in a smooth and stress free way. She is very warm and welcoming person who is always helping me to secure good work contracts. The professionalism that New Directions take in order to fit the right people with the right work contracts, also the way both sides have easy two way communications about educational matters. I would like to say a big thank you for all the continued support over the last three and half years that I have been registered with New Directions.

James – Candidate Testimonial


Easy access, a very good service the highlight of working with New Directions has been gaining Employee of month, I Would recommend New Directions. My Account Manager is amazing at what she does!

Rhodri – Candidate Testimonial


I find my Account Manager to be very professional and hard working to get all her staff to work. Besides she is very friendly, polite and approachable while maintaining her professional boundaries Keep up the good work.

Mvikeli – Candidate Testimonial


Excellent Communication with my recruiter speaking frequently about work opportunities also about working towards more CPD. Person centered approach and professionalism and understanding for someone who is seeking employment. I have a belief in New Directions Education for me to gain the right work opportunities in Education. I would recommend New Directions.

Sheila Bentley – Candidate Testimonial


I would like to share my experience of working with New Directions; I started working with New Directions Education on the 21/10/2013.  Upon meeting for my initial induction, it became clear that New Directions is a company that prides itself on building relationships with their clients and candidates. I was surprised with the amount of attention to detail and also their personal touch, it became clear from the offset that it is a company I can identify with and am proud to be associated with.

From my experience of working with other agencies, I can say without any doubt that New Directions Education for me is the standout agency, the level of professionalism and personal association is second to none, I have always felt valued and supported within my role, if I ever have any queries or need to clarify anything, the staff are always helpful, patient and understanding. There is a great deal of opportunity to improve your skills and knowledge through CPD.

Throughout my time of working with New Directions Education I have had the opportunity to update my skills and attended various courses including Safeguarding, First aid, Team Teach and many more. The training for me has been outstanding. the training is delivered with attention to detail, is informative, true passion and great level of contextualisation which helps to put things into perspective, it is clear that Steve who conducted the training sessions has vast valuable experience and passion which makes courses enjoyable and informative.

Steve is keen to ensure that the needs of all trainee’s are met and all learners come away with a sense of having gained not only the qualification but also a deep level of understanding, I would recommend the courses to teachers and support staff, you can be sure you will come away feeling more confident and have gained a great wealth of knowledge.

I would sincerely like to thank my Account Manager for her efforts in finding me placements that have been fully enjoyable and my needs have met with aplomb, my Account Manger is the most passionate person I have had the pleasure of working with, always keen to go the extra mile to ensure that my placements meet my expectations, I can only conclude that you have a truly outstanding member of staff, thank you sincerely for all your effort and hard work.

If you are looking for an agency that works hard for you, I would recommend New Directions Education.

Lee, FE Teacher


I have worked with New Directions Manchester branch now for over Two years and it has been a very positive experience.

They really listen to what you’re looking for and will find schools that you enjoy working at, the support is a breath of fresh air compared to other agencies.

New Directions don’t call you up checking your availability without having any work to offer and they don’t fill you with false promises of having long-term work in the pipeline, they are open, straightforward and sincere, you can’t ask for any more than that from an agency

Mudasser – Secondary Science Teacher


I have worked as a Teacher specialising in Mathematics and Physical Education (PE) for over 41 years, in this time I have worked with students of varying ages from University to Primary schools in both the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States of America (USA).

My positions have always been permanent and long term, however upon my return to the UK, I decided to use an agency for some supply teaching.

I registered with New Directions Education in Manchester, having had a professional orientation, I filled in the forms and then waited for work via my Account Manager.

The phone has never stopped ringing! I have been provided with work whenever I have been available. New Directions has kept me very busy, this has exceeded my expectations of the company.

I would like to thank the team for finding me regular work and I would certainly recommend my Account Manager and New Directions as an agency for the supply of teachers.

Alan – Physical Education and Mathematics Secondary Teacher


I have been working for the Manchester branch of New Directions since last December.

Previously, I was a permanent teacher of Modern Foreign Languages for four years in London. I then moved to Manchester and registered with many of the big agencies, as this was my first time doing supply teaching work I felt very daunted by the prospect. I was not always provided with the right information or with regular work with other agencies.

That is when I came across New Directions Education who have helped immensely, I can honestly say without my Account Manager at New Directions Education Manchester I would have left and returned to London. From day one the team at New Directions has been honest, conscientious and extremely hard working. I can’t thank them enough for their dedication.

Darren, Secondary Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) Teacher


I signed-up with New Directions Manchester in September 2012. Since then the amazing and considerate staff have gone above and beyond ensuring I am always busy.

New Directions is very candidate-led to ensure that you are placed in schools that they think will be right for you. My account manager always listens carefully, he makes me feel like a priority and has sent me to some great schools. The communication is excellent and the information is always up-to-date.

What I particularly like about working with New Directions is that you are consistently asked for feedback about the schools in which you have worked to check you are happy to return there again.

As an NQT, working for New Directions has really helped to kick-start my career in teaching by getting me in to as many schools as possible and broadening my classroom experience. You are made to feel part of a team and I think it is that personal touch that makes it such a good agency to be part of.  I would definitely recommend working for New Directions to anyone.

Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) Testimonial


I have always found New Directions Education to be professional, friendly and dedicated to finding you work. You get a dedicated consultant, in my case a lady who knows the supply market very well and has been an education consultant for six years.

Communication is excellent and I feel that New Directions really listens to what you want and the type of schools you want to go to. There are no problems with pay issues as the rate is explained before you go into the school, another plus is that the school complete the time sheets online so there is no waiting around to get time sheets signed. I have no hesitation in recommending New Directions Education to any supply teachers or to any school.

Marcus, Secondary Teacher


Working with New Directions has been of great help to me since I was looking for a job during a difficult period of time when all positions were taken.

However, thanks to my Account Manager’s professionalism, I managed to work at enjoyable schools with the nicest people and I gained invaluable teaching experiences.

I highly recommend New Directions because they are professionals to what they are doing and they are really interested in offering job opportunities to their employees. They are more than just a recruitment agency since they try to offer positions that match your qualifications and experience, and this is something that is very difficult to happen when you are looking for employement on your own. Special thanks also go to the Manchester team who were all only an e-mail or phone call away and did their best to help me all this time.

I will definitely suggest fellow teachers to work with New Directions Manchester.

Voula, Teacher, Manchester


I am currently registered with New Directions Manchester as well as two other agencies. As a Teacher I used to hate supply work, but since working for my Account Manager at New Directions I am beginning to like it for the following reasons:

  • My Account Manager is very organised. She ensures that any supply bookings between a Teacher and a school are right; this prevents any misundestanding
  • The team also ensure that supply staff are sent, where possible to the same schools. This helps to engender a sense of continuity with the teaching and learning process of the pupils, and trust with the school
  • My Account Manager has the added virtues of punctuality and presence. Any time a Supply Teacher phones her office – she is there to solve any problems that may arise, or she makes a point of calling back as soon as she can
  • Finally, since starting work via New Directions, I have had more days of work than with any other teaching agency I have worked for previously

M.L., Supply Teacher, New Directions


I have been with New Directions Manchester for a year now and found them to be very professional and friendly. I can log online to check my future bookings, confirm my days worked and view my wage slips. It’s so simple! Since signing up with New Directions, I have always had work through them as a Teaching Assistant. Sometimes it has been to a school for just the one day and others have been for longer. I would highly recommend signing up with New Directions.

Vicky Cass-Buckley


After graduating last summer and initially having difficulty obtaining a permanent teaching role, I was unsure of whether to go into supply teaching until I spoke to New Directions. The team in Manchester have been brilliant in getting me started and supporting me throughout the time I have been with them. I am always kept informed and have had constant assignments at some fantastic schools.

Newly Qualified Teacher, Manchester


New Directions is an efficiently organised and family orientated agency who ensures that quality teachers are sent to good and outstanding schools. I began working for New Directions in May 2012 and was immediately impressed with their attention to detail and commitment to finding me the right schools for me, schools that employed a forward-thinking approach to teaching and were not afraid to listen to and respect the valuable role a supply teacher can provide. The advisers at New Directions in Manchester are available to me 24/7 and are always willing to listen to any ideas or issues I need to discuss.

Furthermore, through teaching with New Directions, I have managed to secure a fixed term contract which could lead to a permanent position in a school which is very much suited to my teaching style and I will be surrounded by teachers who are on my wave-length. I’m really looking forward to the opportunity and am very thankful to the whole team at New Directions Manchester

I have worked for a few of the more well-known supply teaching agencies based in Manchester, and am very happy to say I would hold New Directions in a higher regard than any of the others I have previously worked for. I have a fantastic and unrivalled professional and personal relationship with employees of New Directions.

Phil Armbrister, Primary Teacher, Manchester