Education

Ofsted closes summer camp used by hundreds of Jewish families

By Sandy Rashty, August 7, 2015

A children’s summer camp popular with Jewish families has unexpectedly closed leaving hundreds of parents without child care.

The LL Camps, in Bushey, in Hertfordshire, was shut down on Thursday with no advance notice.

Ben Lewis, a camp director, would not comment on rumours that a child had got out of the camp unsupervised or suggestions that the police and Ofsted may be involved.

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NUT pulls 'one-sided' school books on Palestinians

By Charlotte Oliver, August 4, 2015

The National Union of Teachers has “temporarily” pulled a new educational resource which aimed to “illustrate the daily struggles experienced by Palestinian children”, following public outcry that it was one-sided and unbalanced.

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Concern over ‘one-sided’ school books on Palestinians

By Charlotte Oliver, July 30, 2015

Concern has been raised over a new educational resource promoted by the National Union of Teachers, which aims to “illustrate the daily struggles experienced by Palestinian children as they try to gain an education”.

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We need to change our conversations about Jewish education

By Rabbi Neil Janes, July 23, 2015

I want to change the conversation we seem to be having about education in the Jewish community. We need to start by recognising that the structures we have put in place are dysfunctional and generally insufficiently embedded in the home and total community experience.

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Students attack NUS president over failure to implement Israel boycott

By Sandy Rashty, July 20, 2015

The National Union of Students has criticised its president over her “failure” to fully implement its Israel boycott policy.

At a National Executive Committee meeting on Monday, NUS chiefs backed a motion to censure president Megan Dunn after she allowed Coca Cola to sponsor the NUS awards this month.

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Before an inspector calls ... it is up to Pikuach to get them ready for the task

By Charlotte Oliver, July 16, 2015

Who watches the watchmen? When it comes to Jewish schools, that job falls to Pikuach, the Board of Deputies' inspection service.

Since it launched in 1996, in response to the UK statute that schools of a religious character be subject to Section 48 inspections, the organisation has cemented itself as the stamp of approval for Jewish education.

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Shoot it like Shiner, the schoolgirl star

By Charlotte Oliver, July 16, 2015

If you have seen Bend it Like Beckham, you will recognise the story: young London girl juggles her studies and cultural identity with her almost prodigious footballing talents.

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Israeli teachers meet their British counterparts

By Charlotte Oliver, July 14, 2015

Exchange visits may normally be reserved for pupils, but that didn’t stop 22 Israeli teachers from flying to the UK last week to meet their British counterparts.

The teachers, from 11 schools in the Galil in northern Israel, came as part of UJIA’s Schools Partnership Programme, which is run in partnership with the Jewish Agency.

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Charity urges schools to promote 'intercultural education'

By Charlotte Oliver, July 13, 2015

An interfaith charity is calling for more interaction between school pupils of different religions.

In a report launched last week at the Institute for Public Policy Research, the Three Faiths Forum (3FF) - together with educational think-tank LKMco - said there must be a “major shift in education policy” towards a system of “intercultural education”.

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Hundreds flex their brains in annual quiz

By Charlotte Oliver, July 9, 2015

Are you smarter than a 10-year-old?

The chances are slim, if last week's Etgar Challenge is any indication.

On Thursday, more than 600 children from 20 Jewish primary schools across the country proved their brainpower by taking part in an inter-school quiz that tested the limits of their Jewish knowledge.

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