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.


Alma attracts diverse roll

By Simon Rocker, September 16, 2013

In 2011, the deputy head of Clore Shalom Primary, Marc Shoffren, left after a decade in the Jewish school system to become director of studies at the junior section of one of the country’s top independent institutions, North London Collegiate.

But in less than two years, he was back in the communal fold, having been appointed head of the new Alma Primary free school in North Finchley.


£1 million plan to boost Ivrit teaching in schools

By Simon Rocker, September 13, 2013

A one million pound programme is under way to tackle one of the toughest challenges for Jewish schools — raising standards in modern Hebrew.

The Jewish Curriculum Partnership (JCP) has launched a four-year project to train teachers in the language and create an up-to-date course for secondary school pupils.


South London primary starts full of promise

September 13, 2013

In a landmark for south London Jewry, the Mosaic Primary School opened on Monday in Wimbledon with a full complement of 30 four- and five-year-olds.

Mosaic head Kate Baum said it was “the realisation of a dream, a dream that will see us contributing to the life and education of children from across south London”.


Israel removes sex from school textbooks

By Josh Jackman, September 4, 2013

Israel’s Ministry of Education has been criticised for removing a chapter on sex education from textbooks supplied to children in state-run religious schools.

The chapter, aimed at children aged between 12 and 15, describes the reproduction process, methods of contraception and sexually transmitted diseases. It was taken out after objections from Orthodox educational officials.