Education

Akiva and King David ranked in top 20 of UK primary schools

By Charlotte Oliver, November 17, 2015

Two Jewish schools have made it into the top 20 of the Sunday Times’ list of the 200 best-performing state primary schools in the UK.

Akiva School in Finchley, north-west London, ranked highest, at number 14, while King David Primary School in Manchester came in at number 17.

The Independent Jewish Day School Academy in Hendon, north-west London, featured at number 94.

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JFS chair accuses parents of making "wild and inaccurate complaints” about the school

By Charlotte Oliver, November 13, 2015

The chair of governors of JFS has accused some parents of running to the press to make “wild and inaccurate accusations and complaints” about the school.

In an email sent to families with children at the school, Steven Woolf also criticised the “pack mentality” of parents who posted “hysterical” messages about JFS on social media.

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Yeshivot may be under threat in crackdown

By Simon Rocker, November 12, 2015

Some Jewish religion schools could face closure after the head of Ofsted Sir Michael Wilshaw called for the authorities to act against unregistered schools.

In a letter to Education Secretary Nicky Morgan, he expressed concern that "not enough is being done to stop this illegal activity".

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Parent raises questions over school security after mugging

By Charlotte Oliver, November 11, 2015

A parent of a pupil at JFS has criticised the school’s security after her son was mugged.

The mother, who did not wish to be named, said her 16-year-old son had been walking towards the school path leading up to JFS in Kenton, north London at 8.30am when he was accosted by two boys in their teens.

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Hackers target JFS website

By Charlotte Oliver, November 11, 2015

JFS’ website was hacked on Wednesday by a group who described themselves as the “Tunisian Fallaga Team”.

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Schools' GCSE results take a dip

By Simon Rocker, November 5, 2015

Jewish schools performed less well at GCSE this year, according to provisional government figures.

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Teaching of Israel-Palestine conflict must be balanced, says Nicky Morgan

By Simon Rocker, November 4, 2015

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has reiterated the need to teach the Israeli-Palestine conflict in a balanced way following a meeting with the Board of Deputies.

Board president Jonathan Arkush and chief executive Gillian Merron raised the subject yesterday, as well as discussing the contribution of faith schools and tackling antisemitic, Islamophobic and homophobic bullying in schools.

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Najos urges Government to curb anti-faith school group campaigns

By Simon Rocker, October 29, 2015

The government is considering limiting the ability of secular groups to challenge the entry policies of faith schools, according to a participant at a recent Department for Education meeting.

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Compulsory Arabic lessons backed by Knesset

October 29, 2015

Knesset members have backed a law to make Arabic classes compulsory for Israeli students above the age of six.

The Israeli parliament voted unanimously in favour of the bill on Wednesday, with about half of all members in attendance.

The bill will now be studied in committee before returning to parliament for a second vote.

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Pupils and staff at school involved in Trojan Horse affair ‘used antisemitic language’

By Charlotte Oliver, October 23, 2015

A Birmingham school involved in the Trojan Horse scandal encouraged “antisemitic language” between staff and pupils and welcomed speakers from the Jewish anti-Zionist sect Neturei Karta, according to a former staff member who spoke at a disciplinary hearing for teachers involved.

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