Education

Ofsted praises primary schools and nurseries

April 14, 2016

King David Primary School has been rated "outstanding" by Ofsted.

The school, which was upgraded from "good", was praised by Ofsted inspectors for its "strong leadership and exemplary teaching".

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Finchley Reform Nursery is 'inadequate'

April 14, 2016

Less successful in its Ofsted inspection was Finchley Reform Synagogue Kindergarten, which dropped from its "outstanding" rating to "inadequate" - the lowest possible rating.

Inspectors said: "Leaders and managers have a poor understanding of their roles and responsibilities to protect the welfare of children. They have not ensured that some committee members are suitably vetted."

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Sinai pupils chop their locks for a good cause

By Charlotte Oliver, April 14, 2016

Samson's strength came from his hair, but four Sinai Jewish Primary School pupils showed how bold and brave they were last week by cutting their hair off for charity.

Anya Berg, 11, Jenna Newgrosh, 11, Jessica Rowley, 8, and Eliana Panas, 8, had their hair cut during school assembly in aid of Zichron Menachem, which makes wigs for children with cancer.

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Reshet head calls for better safeguarding and child protection

By Charlotte Oliver, April 14, 2016

More needs to be done to improve safeguarding and child protection within the community, according to educational group Reshet.

The organisation, which connects more than 2,000 people working in informal Jewish education in the UK, has launched an initiative to "take our community's safeguarding provisions from good to great".

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Is segregation the price Jewish teenagers must pay for a less stressful social life?

By Student Views, April 12, 2016

When I was seventeen, I used to beg to go out on Friday nights. My friends would congregate at one house every week after school, and they’d stay until late, drinking cheap wine bought from the wilfully ignorant man in the corner shop who’d decided they were all eighteen and didn’t ask any more questions. It was an institution for the group.

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Chasidic school takes on government

By Simon Rocker, April 7, 2016

A Chasidic independent school has mounted a legal challenge against an order from the Department for Education restricting it from taking new pupils until standards improve.

Beis Aharon Trust, which runs a school for 347 boys aged from three to 13 in Stamford Hill, north London, is awaiting the outcome of an appeal to the Care Standards Tribunal.

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The wider implications of a Hasmonean move

By Simon Rocker, April 7, 2016

We reported a few weeks ago that the governors of Hasmonean High School in London were considering resurrecting a 50-year plan to move its boys' division in Hendon alongside the girls in Mill Hill. That has now moved forward with an invitation to parents to view an exhibition this month showing what the proposed relocation would look like.

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I worry about leaving school for university and being judged just because I am Jewish

April 7, 2016

My name is Alice. I am Jewish. I have non-Jewish friends and family, but Judaism is an intrinsic part of who I am.

So far, growing up as a Jew has been straightforward. I go to a Jewish school and I attend synagogue. But I have noticed all the controversy surrounding Israel and how Jews are sometimes viewed. And it has made me a little bit scared.

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Hasmonean confirms plan to move boys’ school to share site with girls

By Simon Rocker, April 1, 2016

Hasmonean High School has confirmed that it hopes to move its boys’ school in Hendon next to the site of its girls’ division in Mill Hill.

Parents have been invited to attend an exhibition displaying the plan – which was first reported in the JC two months ago – later this month.

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Government investigates Islamic school over antisemitic leaflet

By JC Reporter, April 1, 2016

The Department of Education is investigating a school accused of promoting antisemitism and Islamic extremism.

The Islamic Tarbiyah Academy in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, is said to have used a leaflet quoting the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, the antisemitic forgery which claims Jews are involved in a global conspiracy.

An investigation by Sky News uncovered the leaflet at the school.

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