Education

Parents call for school admissions reform

By Simon Rocker, May 21, 2015

The growing pressure on Jewish secondary school places in London this year has led to calls for changes in the admissions system.

Gilead Limor, the founder of a support group for parents of children without a place, predicted this week: "The problem is not going to go away. It's only going to get worse."

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Robert Wistrich, scholar of antisemitism, dies

By Sandy Rashty, May 20, 2015

Robert Wistrich, the academic who led the battle against antisemitism, has died.

He suffered a heart attack in Rome on Tuesday night, where he was set to address the Italian Senate on rising antisemitism in Europe.

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JCoSS sent pupils home early over muck-up day concern

By Josh Jackman, May 15, 2015

JCoSS placed its students on early study leave last week to avoid potential misbehaviour arising from a pre-GCSE “muck-up” day.

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A day of war and peace for VE day at JFS

By Charlotte Oliver, May 14, 2015

Thursday was not just “muck-up day” at JFS.

Before it hit the headlines for flour-filled halls, the school was enjoying something of a time hop, taking its students back to 1945.

To celebrate VE day, 18 Second World War veterans from Ajex (the Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women) visited to share their stories.

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Hot air at Hasmonean for WJR's Nepal appeal

By Charlotte Oliver, May 14, 2015

More than 400 Hasmonean pupils raised awareness and money for Nepal on Monday by taking part in a school-wide balloon race for World Jewish Relief.

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We fail our children when we choose to isolate them

By Lianne Kolirin, May 14, 2015

There is set to be a sea-change in my son's life come September. Like most 11-year-olds across the country, he is anticipating the autumn with a mixture of nerves and excitement as he prepares to go from being the big fish in a little pool, to the tiny plankton in the great big ocean.

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Problem on the rise in schools, universities and in the workplace

By Josh Jackman, May 14, 2015

We are a community that cares for its children. The stereotype of the Jewish mother - feeding, clothing and coddling their offspring, sometimes to the extreme - exists for a reason: children are seen as precious.

However, this desire for our sons and daughters to succeed has created higher and higher levels of expectation of young people.

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JFS mayhem

May 14, 2015

Muck-Up Day is an annual tradition at many schools. But this year’s revels at JFS did not merely get out of hand; at times they edged towards criminality. Some have criticised the school for over-reacting in calling the police and sending the entire year home. What world do they live in? Those responsible are lucky that they are not now facing criminal charges.

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'Loutish' pupils will face consequences, says JFS head

By Charlotte Oliver, May 12, 2015

The JFS headteacher has pledged that the pupils who led the “loutish and dangerous behaviour” which caused 300 teenagers to be sent home will be dealt with “in the strongest possible way”.

Jonathan Miller said taking the drastic action of removing all of Year 11 from the school premises had been “necessary, if regrettable”.

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Jewish teacher speaks of fear as second Nepal earthquake struck

By Sandy Rashty, May 12, 2015

A British Jewish teacher from London who has been travelling around Nepal has described the fear he experienced when the second big earthquake hit the region this morning.

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