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Men of Harlech Bike Ride – Day Three – A Blog by Howard Burge

After completing the 2016 Men of Harlech Tour (and not learning my lesson) I was still keen to sign up for the 2017 event. But…this year I was going to be prepared. I was going to take my commitment as a well-oiled* sportsman seriously, no injuries, no unnecessary aches. After reaching Aberystwyth and resting with my fellow cyclists, day two was going to need a little more care. Another 80 miles and a further 6,000 feet of peddling up and down hills – I chose a more professional approach than an ice cream – I opted for an ice bath. I had read about cold therapy, about how immersing my […]


Men of Harlech Bike Ride – Day Two – A Blog by Howard Burge

So the first day came to an end. Our three days of cycling taking in 190 miles and 10,000 feet of climbing hills and steep inclines has commenced in earnest…and doesn’t my derriere know about it… As we stopped to take in the views of Harlech and the mighty castle after departing from the very pretty Porthmadog, I was beginning to feel the wrath of every serious* cyclist – the saddle sore. Of course we are a team of seasoned professionals, and whilst some of the tips offered for treating it are quite frankly unprintable – the spirit of our community as the men (and women) of Harlech […]


Men of Harlech Bike Ride – Day One – A Blog by Howard Burge

Twelve months on and here we are again – the men (and women) of Harlech are set to cycle across Wales in a bid to raise funds and awareness for the Cardiff City Community Foundation. Last year New Directions Education got involved for the first time with the project. Physically, one would have thought I had learned my lesson. It was utterly exhausting. Mentally, it was a really exceptional challenge. But, I chose to take part again and I want to explain why… The Cardiff City Community Foundation changes lives. The impact the work of the charity aligned to Cardiff City Football Club is […]


So you are considering a career in supply teaching…

…a blog by Chloe Evans, Account Manager, New Directions Education The academic year is set to draw to a close once more, how quickly the time has passed since September 16’, though I am not sure how many of those who work in classrooms up and down the UK would agree. Our teams work throughout the calendar year, of course we do get some ‘down time’ where we re-charge our batteries ready for the phones to start ringing off the hook again in September. But…July and August is our time to re-group and make sure our service is ‘match-fit’ for the autumn term ahead and beyond. One […]


New Directions Chairman Highly Commended at Cardiff Business Awards

On Friday 23rd June 2017, New Directions Chairman Jeff Tune was highly commended at an awards ceremony held in Cardiff. The Cardiff Business Awards recognise outstanding achievement in business and celebrate talent, ambition and innovation from across Wales' capital city. This is the third year the awards have celebrated the best of Cardiff business. The event held at City Hall in the capital celebrated 19 awards in total and was attended by over 400 guests who enjoyed a three course meal and entertainment from former X Factor contestant Lucie Jones. The evening was hosted by television personality […]


New Directions Wirral Branch Help Cherry Tree Raise Funds

Cherry Grove Primary School held their annual summer fair on Friday 16th June 2017. New directions were invited along to participate in the event where the team loaned their inflatable penalty shootout which was a massive hit with all the visitors. Anita Bowman from the school said “We just want to say a big thanks for Samantha coming to the Cherry Grove summer fair last Friday with your penalty shootout! The kids loved trying to score into the shootout and it raised £43-50 – we’re very grateful!". Sam Pilling, Branch Manager for the Wirral Team commented “It was a pleasure to be […]


New Directions Wirral Name ‘Temp of the Month’

Jennifer Morrison, Senior Recruitment Consultant and Mark Monteith, Bookings Consultant have announced Louise O’Kane, Teaching Assistant as their Wirral Temp of the Month. Louise was nominated by the Wirral branch for her outstanding effort and feedback for her work at a Wirral ALN school. Jen was on hand to present Louise with a present and certificate to put in her portfolio. Jen said of the nomination “Louise has always been a pleasure to work with and it shows through her love and dedication of her job. I thank Louise very much for her loyalty to New Directions and her hard work.” Look […]


Happy Birthday Karen Dodd…from our #Wirral Team

Our Wirral team wanted to wish a big Happy Birthday to Karen, Office Manager from Brookdale School whose Birthday fell during the half term holidays. Jen and Mark (from our Wirral team) presented Karen Dodd with a birthday card and a bottle of prosecco along with a cheeky bag of doughnuts! Jen Morrison says “I’ve known Karen now for many years and we have a fantastic working relationship. I hope she had a lovely happy birthday!”


New Directions opens doors in Merthyr

New Directions Education has moved into the Orbit Business Park to support schools and colleges across Merthyr. Howard Burge, National Director for the organisation said of the decision “our team has been part of the schools and college community in Merthyr for many years. We have worked from our bases in Cardiff and Blaenau Gwent to service the area historically. Now is the time for us to commit to the region and put down some roots”. Merthyr Tydfil is home to some 22 primary schools, one nursery, four comprehensive schools, one additional learning needs school and a further education college. […]


Raising Money for the Herbert Thompson Gardening Club Fund

Herbert Thompson Primary School were looking to develop their green spaces around the school’s foundation phase classes. As budgets were tight at the school, Jen George and Jen Lambert offered to do some fund raising in the form of a ‘Cheeky’ Tuck Shop in the Head Office. Our staff we very happy to donate to the Herbert Thompson Gardening Club Fund as they munched on sweets, crisps and chocolate. Both Jens arranged an Easter ‘Bake Off’ where their colleagues made cakes and were judged on taste, appearance and textures by our own Mary Berry. The total raised was nearly £130 and […]


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