Education

Side by Side wins rebuild approval

June 23, 2016

Nursery and special needs school Side by Side has received Hackney Council's approval to build a £10.5 million school at Lordship Road in Hackney, the former site of Avigdor Primary.

The new build will increase the school's capacity from 80 to 110 pupils aged from two to 19, as well as doubling the floor area of the school site in Stamford Hill.

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Earlier and later

June 23, 2016

A sensible and imaginative move from Wolfson Hillel Primary School, which is to start its day half an hour earlier at 8.20.

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Earlier start is 'better'

By Simon Rocker, June 23, 2016

Wolfson Hillel Primary School is to start the day half an hour earlier from September in the hope that it will improve children's learning.

From the next academic year, the school day will begin at 8.20 am and end at 2.30 pm rather than start at 8.50 am and end between 3.20 and 3.40 pm (depending on the children's age).

Kirsten Jowett, headteacher of the school in Southgate, north London,

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It is 'more important' to learn about Muslims than about Islam

By Simon Rocker, June 23, 2016

Next autumn a number of Jewish schools will begin teaching Islam as part of their GCSE religious studies.

It is "on the whole, a positive step" which sends a "good signal" to Britain's Muslim community, according to Dr Ayman Agbaria, an academic who specialises in research on teaching Islam.

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Charedi youth pray for right to Torah teaching

By Simon Rocker, June 10, 2016

Thousands of Charedi youth across Britain took part in special prayer meetings on Monday in the wake of increasing pressure on Orthodox schools from the government's inspection service.

Answering the call of the rabbinate, educational institutions brought pupils to gatherings in north London, Manchester and Gateshead.

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Parents pay teachers’ salaries to keep secular studies going at Orthodox grammar school Pardes House

By Simon Rocker, June 9, 2016

An independent strictly Orthodox grammar school in London closed its secular studies department this week because it could not pay teachers.

Parents of boys at Pardes House Grammar School in Finchley were told yesterday that lessons in secular subjects were being cancelled from lunchtime “with immediate effect” until staff salaries were paid.

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School's delight as Ofsted praises improvement

June 9, 2016

Kantor King Solomon High School in Essex has received a significant boost to morale this week after inspectors restored its rank as a good school.

Matthew Slater, who joined as head teacher just over a year ago after a period of uncertainty at the school, said: "We're delighted at the outcome. It shows that the hard work, dedication and commitment of the teaching staff has paid off."

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Question marks over GCSE religion

By Simon Rocker, June 9, 2016

There is more devil in the detail of the new religious studies GCSE course than many Jewish schools had bargained for.

When the government insisted that from September, GCSE students would have to study at least two religions - rather than one as before - Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis objected.

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Worries over rule to teach Christianity

By Simon Rocker, June 2, 2016

Jewish students could be "disadvantaged" by a new requirement to show knowledge of Christianity for GCSE religious studies, the Department for Education has been told.

They will have to demonstrate it even if they study Islam as a second religion after Judaism.

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Leave or remain — youth have their say on Europe

By Simon Rocker, June 1, 2016

They may be too young to vote in next month's Brexit referendum but a group from Noam Primary School in London were closely following the arguments for and against Britain staying in the European Union last week.

They were among more than 100 children aged from eight to 13 from across the country who took part in a debate staged by First News, the newspaper for youth, at Speaker's House in West

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