Students' standing start

By Anna Sheinman, September 30, 2013

Thirteen pre-university students have returned from a week-long intensive programme in Israel designed to make them better campus advocates for the country.


Student questions answered

By Simon Rocker, September 30, 2013

A young science graduate has published a book explaining the Jewish attitude towards other faiths based on his campus experiences in London.

Sina Cohen, who was president of the Jewish society at Royal Holloway, University of London from 2008-11, hopes that The Jewish Position on Other Religions will be helpful to students.


Ofsted downgrades Menorah primary

By Simon Rocker, September 30, 2013

Governors of the Menorah Foundation Primary in Edgware say they have already begun to tackle problems identified by Ofsted inspectors, who lowered its ranking from “good” to “requires improvement”.


Chasidic Salford school receives improved Ofsted report

By Simon Rocker, September 30, 2013

An independent boys’ school in Salford run by one of the most conservative Chasidic sects has been commended by Ofsted inspectors.

The Satmar-owned Talmud Torah Yetev Lev was rated good in all six categories after an inspection earlier this summer.


I'm not sorry for faith schools

By Sandy Rashty, September 25, 2013

A spirited debate quickly descended into a table-thumping row as a close friend and I discussed the effect of faith schools after the experience was played out in last week’s JC.

He regurgitated the conventional misgivings: a Jewish school promotes insularity, ignorance and a fear of mingling with the non-Jewish world from university to the workplace.


Confront the Charedi Taliban

By Geoffrey Alderman, September 25, 2013

I'm not in the least surprised that the Department for Education is carrying out an investigation into the education of Orthodox Jewish boys in institutions not officially registered for this purpose. On the contrary, I’m surprised that it has taken the government so long to convince itself — or to be convinced — that this is a scandal demanding investigation.


Ex-pupils give Jewish faith schools mixed marks

By Sandy Rashty, September 18, 2013

These are good times for Jewish schools. An estimated 66 per cent of Jewish children in Britain are educated at institutions dedicated to providing Judaism and Jewish studies as a significant part of their curriculum.


Children are costly, but not as expensive as you first thought

By Martin Lewis, September 17, 2013

If you have a family, your purse or wallet is probably crying. Having children is a terrible investment. You fork out an estimated £200,000 per child by the time they reach age 21.

Of course, if you’re happy to be repaid in hugs, it’s all more than worth it. Yet a few tips to ease the burden never go amiss...

Are you missing £1,000s of childcare help?


Leeds high school opens with only nine pupils

By John Fisher, September 16, 2013

The Leeds Jewish Free School opened this week with just nine pupils — three of them non-Jews. Yet LJFS chair, Councillor Dan Cohen, professed “delight” at the first intake at the £3.5 million secondary school, which shares its site with the Brodetsky Jewish Primary.


Immanuel deputy leaves for headship

By Simon Rocker, September 16, 2013

Immanuel College deputy head Martin Blain is to leave in January after being appointed head of a new secondary school in the Radlett/Shenley area.

The New North London Synagogue member — who joined Immanuel in April 2012 — has been chosen to lead Harperbury School, which is due to open next September.