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Ysgol Parc y Tywyn Opens Doors to Pupils

Logo for Ysgol Parc y Tywn

On Monday July 9th 2018 Ysgol Parc y Tywyn opened its doors to pupils for the first time since the completion of the new £9.6m new build. The school is now located in its new home near the harbour. The Welsh language school will now offer part-time nursery provision for the first time. The building has been constructed to the highest energy efficiency standards and both staff and students are excited to move in. Headteacher Donna Jenkins said of the project ‘It's great to see this fantastic new school for Ysgol Parc y Tywyn. The school opened on October 4, 1965 with 49 pupils being enrolled […]


Pupils Budding Attempts to Grow a Garden of Sustainability

New Directions Account Managers presenting a cheque

Nicola Morgans, Year 6 Teacher and the pupils at Plasmarl Primary have turned their playground from a concrete jungle into an entrepreneurial venture involving the whole school and community. Local Businesses and Keep Wales Tidy have supported the school through funding and materials to make this garden a resounding success. Their design brief was to create a sustainable environment and the Year 6 pupils created and presented their design plans in a Dragons Den style to Phil Budd from Keep Wales Tidy to secure funding. The school are currently growing fruit and vegetables which are being […]


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 […]


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 […]


Denbighshire School Receives Donation for Sensory Breaks Project

New Directions Wrexham deliver donation to Ysgol Plas Brondyffryn

Senior Account Manager for our Wrexham team, Rebecca Macintyre was on hand recently at Ysgol Plas Brondyffryn to present the schools with a cheque for funds raised of £300. Rebecca is our point of contact for schools across Denbighshire, and she was delighted to share the presentation with Eleri Thomas from the school and a host of the pupils. Speaking about the opportunity to support the school Rebecca said 'it's always great to give back to our communities. We work with some really inspirational people across North Wales and being able to assist their ambitions as a business within the region […]