Education

Plan to help 'needy' pupils welcomed

By Simon Rocker, November 10, 2016

The government's intention to look at better support for pupils from families who are "just managing" financially has been welcomed by Partnerships for Jewish Schools.

Schools receive extra money only for children eligible for free school meals.

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Chasidic school criticised

November 10, 2016

Chasidic boys' primary school in Stamford Hill is still to satisfy inspectors despite a fifth visit in two years.

Ofsted said Beis Aharon had to do more to meet the standards expected of independent schools.

Earlier this year the school lost an appeal to the Care Standards Tribunal against an order from the Department for Education not to admit new pupils until improvements were made.

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Court ruling raises question of equality

By Simon Rocker, November 10, 2016

This week a High Court judge rejected the claim that separating girls and boys for lessons in a state-aided faith school amounted to discrimination.

But his ruling still seems to leave the door open to a case being brought under the 2010 Equality Act against certain Orthodox schools.

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Top advisers for Kavanah College

November 3, 2016

Dame Helen Hyde, the former headteacher of Watford Grammar School for Girls, will play a leading role in Kavanah College, which is backed by the United Synagogue to open a new Jewish secondary free school in north-west London.

She will be joined as "educational lead" for the project by Marilyn Nathan, who has been an Ofsted inspector and a secondary school deputy head.

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Salford head wins Ofsted praise

November 3, 2016

The headteacher of Broughton Jewish Cassel Fox Primary School in Salford has been praised by inspectors for transforming it over the last two years.
Mel Eastwood had played "a pivotal role in turning around the school's fortunes" since it was classified by Ofsted as a school requiring improvement two years ago.

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Norwood to close 'outstanding' nursery at the end of the year

By Simon Rocker, November 3, 2016

Norwood is to shut its inclusive Hendon nursery for children with, and without, special needs at the end of December because it is only half full.

A spokesman for the charity said that it had been forced to meet over 60 per cent of the costs of the nursery, which is based at the Kennedy-Leigh Centre.

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'We couldn't be happier': Parents' praise for King Solomon High School

By JC Reporter, October 28, 2016

Many parents of children at Kantor King Solomon reacted with concern after the JC published its story last week on the possibility of the school moving out of Redbridge.
Here two mothers explain why they send their children to KSS, and why it is so important to the community

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Kantor King Solomon High School: 'No plans' to relocate

By Simon Rocker, October 27, 2016

The leaders of Kantor King Solomon High School in Essex say they have "no plans" to relocate it.

Governors of the state-aided United Synagogue school - the only Jewish secondary in the area - last week announced a "wide-ranging" review into the future of Jewish education in north-east London.

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New entry code for Yavneh

By Simon Rocker, October 27, 2016

Yavneh College has published its revised entry rules for September 2017 after being forced to amend them by the Office of Schools Adjudicator.

If the secondary school is oversubscribed, priority will now simply go to children living nearest to the school.

It had wanted to create a catchment area for those in the WD and AL postcodes in Hertfordshire.

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Returning teacher heads new era for Clore Shalom

October 21, 2016

Karen Cohen will switch Hertfordshire schools in January to take up the headship of pluralist primary Clore Shalom, which has operated under interim leadership for the past 10 months.

Although Mrs Cohen began her teaching career at Clore Shalom in 2001, she moved on to work at other Jewish schools and is currently deputy head at Hertsmere Jewish Primary.

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