Education

School gives hope to the disadvantaged

By Rosa Doherty, July 28, 2016

It is 9.30am and a constant flow of pupils have already been through the door of the glass office of Rachel Cohen on the sprawling Boys Town Jerusalem campus. And many of the requests she deals with are not standard school secretary fare.

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Jump in applications to mixed-faith Jewish and Arab school

By Jenni Frazer, July 28, 2016

The executive director of a unique network of bilingual Israeli schools, the Hand in Hand Association, has said that there had been "a tremendous increase" in applications from both the Jewish and Arab communities, despite - or perhaps because of - the often tense political situation.

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Board of Deputies calls for entry restriction to be lifted on faith-based free schools

By Simon Rocker, July 27, 2016

The Board of Deputies has entered the growing debate on free schools by asking new Education Secretary Justine Greening to remove the curb on admissions on the basis of faith.

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has called for the lifting of the 50 per cent cap whereby only half the places in a free school can be reserved for members of one faith.

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Charedi boys school fails Ofsted test

By Simon Rocker, July 27, 2016

Talmud Torah Toldos Yaakov Yosef, a boys primary in Stamford Hill, north London is the latest Charedi school to be told by education watchdog Ofsted that it is failing to comply with independent school standards.

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Inspectors restore Rosh Pinah to 'good school' status

By Simon Rocker, July 27, 2016

Rosh Pinah Primary School in Edgware has restored its reputation as a good school less than a year and a half after inspectors branded it "inadequate".

Ofsted praised the “resilience and hard work” of its governors in tackling previously identified weaknesses in a new report this week.

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At last - Ofsted praise for a Charedi school

By Simon Rocker, July 21, 2016

A girls' primary school run by one of the most conservative Chasidic groups has been praised by inspectors for teaching about tolerance and respect for others.

Beis Ruchel in Manchester, an independent school for 264 girls aged from three to 11 who are mostly from the Satmar community, has been ranked as good by Ofsted.

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Biblical welcome in Abraham's tent

By Simon Rocker, July 21, 2016

"If you have a jumper, take it off, as we are going into the desert," counselled Rabbi Yaacov Finn, programme manager of the London School of Jewish Studies, "It's going to be hot."

As the Year-three boys and girls from Etz Chaim School in Mill Hill donned Arabic dress, he warned, "You don't want to get sunstroke, so you have to put something on your head."

The youthful party was not about t

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​JFS switch fast track

July 21, 2016

JFS is to drop its accelerated academic programme for first-year students from September.

Until now, they were taught in tutor groups for all subjects, except Jewish studies, Hebrew and PE for which they were divided into sets.

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Progressive rabbis challenge Mirvis' free school plan

By Simon Rocker, July 21, 2016

A group of Progressive rabbis have challenged the Chief Rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis, over his wish to restrict the entry of non-Jewish children into Jewish free schools.

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JFS chair of governors resigns 'with immediate effect'

By Charlotte Oliver, July 20, 2016

Steven Woolf, the chair of governors at JFS, has stepped down from his role after less than two years at the school, it has been announced.

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