Education

Labelled 'not good enough'

By Emma Gold, July 7, 2016

When I was four years old, I managed to secure myself a place at one of the most prestigious schools in London. They said something to my parents about how they thought I had "a real spark" I left the interview room and said: "I don't think I'll go to that school; I didn't like it"

I was four.

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Walking in step with Ghana

July 7, 2016

Children from Jewish schools have taken to their feet to raise money for development charity Tzedek.

Rather than take the bus or ride in their parents' car, they chose one day to walk from home to lessons as part of the charity's "Shlep to School" campaign.

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Research projects large shortage of school places

By Simon Rocker, July 7, 2016

There will be a shortage of 90 places a year at state-aided Jewish secondary schools in north-west London over the next few years, according to fresh estimates released this week.

The number, which represents the equivalent of three additional classes, would not be enough on its own to fill a new Jewish school.

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Nicky Morgan calls for more Jewish free schools

By Simon Rocker, July 1, 2016

Nicky Morgan, the Education Secretary, has said that she hoped the Jewish community would set up more free schools and lauded the contribution of faith.

She promised that the government would protect the ethos of religious schools and noted concern among parts of the Jewish community over recent inspections.

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The dog who helps turn pages

By Simon Rocker, June 30, 2016

Yavneh College has a new learning assistant to help improve pupils' literacy - Flick, a 12-year-old Jack Russell terrier.

Once a week the dog comes into Borehamwood secondary school with her owner, Susan Marks, to lend a paw in Year-seven classrooms.

Research has shown that children who struggle with reading fiction aloud can overcome their anxiety with moral support from a four-legged frien

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Cost-saving scheme launched for schools

By Simon Rocker, June 30, 2016

A new scheme is under way to help Jewish schools cut their running costs and save more of their money for teaching.

The Jewish Schools Network believes that it will be more cost-effective for schools to buy utilities and services collectively rather than alone.

Brian Jones, who joined the Michael Sobell Sinai Primary School in London as finance director in September, has been seconded one d

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Side by Side wins rebuild approval

June 23, 2016

Nursery and special needs school Side by Side has received Hackney Council's approval to build a £10.5 million school at Lordship Road in Hackney, the former site of Avigdor Primary.

The new build will increase the school's capacity from 80 to 110 pupils aged from two to 19, as well as doubling the floor area of the school site in Stamford Hill.

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Earlier and later

June 23, 2016

A sensible and imaginative move from Wolfson Hillel Primary School, which is to start its day half an hour earlier at 8.20.

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Earlier start is 'better'

By Simon Rocker, June 23, 2016

Wolfson Hillel Primary School is to start the day half an hour earlier from September in the hope that it will improve children's learning.

From the next academic year, the school day will begin at 8.20 am and end at 2.30 pm rather than start at 8.50 am and end between 3.20 and 3.40 pm (depending on the children's age).

Kirsten Jowett, headteacher of the school in Southgate, north London,

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It is 'more important' to learn about Muslims than about Islam

By Simon Rocker, June 23, 2016

Next autumn a number of Jewish schools will begin teaching Islam as part of their GCSE religious studies.

It is "on the whole, a positive step" which sends a "good signal" to Britain's Muslim community, according to Dr Ayman Agbaria, an academic who specialises in research on teaching Islam.

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