Beis Yaakov improving, says Ofsted

By Simon Rocker, April 16, 2015

A Charedi academy ranked inadequate last year has received encouragement in its efforts to improve.

The state-funded Beis Yaakov High School in Salford was put into special measures after an Ofsted visit seven months ago.


Ofsted inspectors need to be more consistent

By Simon Rocker, April 16, 2015

In less than a year, no fewer than seven Jewish schools have been rated as inadequate by Ofsted — the lowest of the four inspection grades. All but one of the schools is Charedi and most are independent.


We cannot vote, but our opinion matters

By Jordan Freund, April 16, 2015

At 17, I don’t yet have the privilege of voting. But that doesn’t mean I haven’t been caught up in the frenzy of the general election.

Over the past month, I have been on a quest to find out more. I began looking at my own constituency, Finchley and Golders Green, and speaking to the major party candidates. First up was Mike Freer.


Hollywood to make film about former JFS pupil and mental health

By Sandy Rashty, April 16, 2015

Hollywood producers are in talks to make a film about a former JFS boy who tried to commit suicide, it has been revealed.

Jonny Benjamin launched a nationwide search to find the stranger who stopped him jumping off Waterloo Bridge last year.


Planting seeds in schools for family learning

By Charlotte Oliver, April 15, 2015

It is a fear that will strike through the heart of every parent: the day their child comes home with a question they cannot answer.

The risk of this increases around the holidays, when tradition is met with curiosity and the inevitable “why?”


Essex man challenges school fine

By Simon Rocker, April 8, 2015

An Essex man is trying to take his local council to the European Court for Human Rights after being fined for removing his daughter from school during Shavuot.

Paul Clements, from Romford, whose wife is Jewish, was fined £60 by Havering Council after the family went away to Ibiza for five and a half days in term last spring, which included the two days of the festival of Shavuot.


Exam boards threaten to drop Hebrew

By Charlotte Oliver, April 2, 2015

Members of the community are being urged to take exams in Hebrew to save GCSEs and A-levels in the language from being scrapped.

The appeal, from the Board of Deputies, comes after the OCR and AQA exam boards, which offer biblical Hebrew and modern Hebrew respectively, announced that both subjects face being axed in 2017 alongside other "non-traditional" languages.


Another primary school downgraded by Ofsted

By Simon Rocker, April 2, 2015

The headteacher and chairman of governors of Clore Shalom primary in Shenley, Hertfordshire, have said they were disappointed after inspectors downgraded it from a good school to one which "requires improvement".

It is the second time within a week that a state-aided Jewish primary has received a critical report following the demotion of Rosh Pinah in Edgware to inadequate.

In a letter to Cl


Primary project attracts a crowd

By Jay Grenby, April 2, 2015

Yavneh College Trust chair Malcolm Gordon is "hugely encouraged" by the 300 turnout at an information meeting on the school's proposed addition of a primary section on its Borehamwood site.

The plan is to apply for a two-form entry free school with a target opening date of September 2016.


‘We want to give parents the choice’

By Rosa Doherty, April 2, 2015

When two mothers met in the playground two years ago, neither expected that their schoolyard chatter would lead to them launching their own school.

But as parents of children with special educational needs (SEN), Ali Durban and Sarah Sultman found common ground discussing lack of choice in the community for children like theirs. Gesher school was soon born.