Plan for new Orthodox secondary school in London

By Simon Rocker, February 2, 2016

A new state-aided Orthodox Jewish secondary school is being planned to open in Barnet in September next year.

Prospective parents have been invited to a meeting on Thursday week to discuss proposals to launch the Kedem High School.


Government adviser praises Israeli scientists as important partners for the UK

By Sandy Rashty, February 1, 2016

A senior government adviser has welcomed the contribution Israeli scientists can make to major British institutions.

Speaking ahead of the arrival on Wednesday of a delegation of Israeli scientists in London, Emma Hennessey, the Foreign Office’s deputy chief scientific adviser, said Israel was “an important science partner for the UK”.


Yavneh issues new data for entry figures

By Charlotte Oliver, January 28, 2016

A Jewish school has issued a new table of data showing the likely effect on admissions of proposals to end its feeder school system.

Yavneh College produced the new table after parents argued that an original set of statistics showed that some families would lose out under the proposed new arrangement.


School admissions plan will put communities’ futures at risk, say rabbis

By Charlotte Oliver, January 27, 2016

Three United Synagogue rabbis have warned that a Jewish secondary school’s plan to change its admissions policy could spell disaster for thriving communities in Hertfordshire.

The rabbis — Meir Salasnik of Bushey, Jonathan Hughes of Radlett and Ephraim Levine of Watford — said Yavneh College’s proposal to end its feeder school system would mean an exodus of young families.


Worry over Ofsted plan to inspect faith schools

By Simon Rocker, January 25, 2016

Government plans to register and inspect part-time schools and educational institutions are "a sledgehammer to crack a nut", an organisation representing Orthodox Jewish schools has warned.


Figures show no reduction in Yavneh places for Hertfordshire parents

By Charlotte Oliver, January 25, 2016

Claims made by parents that Yavneh College’s proposal to remove feeder schools benefited only families living in Borehamwood and Elstree were based on a serious misreading of data, the school has explained.


More teachers and more training needed for Holocaust education, say MPs

By Charlotte Oliver, January 23, 2016

More teachers need to be trained to teach the Holocaust, according to a report published today by the Education Select Committee.

It said that more attention should be paid to spreading Holocaust education to include other subjects in schools besides history, such as English, drama and PSHE.


Jewish schools outstrip national average in GCSE and A-Level results

By Charlotte Oliver, January 22, 2016

Jewish schools continue to perform well on a national level in their A-Level and GCSE results, according to the government’s latest round of school league tables.

The results, which were released last week, were based on 2015 national exam results, and show that all mainstream Jewish schools are out-performing national averages.


MPs protest against government's plans to regulate non-school, religious settings

By Charlotte Oliver, January 21, 2016

More than 20 MPs have protested against the government’s plans to regulate and inspect non-school settings, which could potentially include cheder classes, Sunday schools and Islamic madrassas – labelling the proposals “fundamentally illiberal”.


Parents challenge Yavneh College's plan to remove feeder school system

By Charlotte Oliver, January 21, 2016

This article was written based on a misreading of figures. For a correct interpretation of the data, please see this article