Hackney girls' school criticised by inspectors

By Simon Rocker, November 6, 2014

Inspectors have said that a strictly Orthodox girls school in Hackney should not be allowed to expand because of weaknesses in its welfare, health and safety arrangements and problems with its premises.

Bnois Jerusalem in Stamford Hill, North London, which has 780 girls on its roll from 3 to 16, applied last year to the education authorities for permission to expand to 850.

The school alread


Bid to set up Holocaust study centre in Glasgow

By Sandy Rashty, November 5, 2014

The Scottish Jewish Archives Centre is looking to set up a Holocaust study centre in Glasgow.

The group will apply to the Heritage Lottery Fund and appeal to the Scottish community for funds for the centre.

The move comes after the group completed a feasibility study, funded by a grant from the Scottish government.


Ofsted raps 'narrow' Orthodox school

By Simon Rocker, October 30, 2014

A state-aided strictly Orthodox girls school in Salford has been put into special measures after inspectors criticised its narrow curriculum and other failings.

The Beis Yaakov High School, an academy which teaches 258 girls from 11 to 16, was judged "inadequate" - the lowest of the four inspection grades - following an unannounced visit from Ofsted last month.

Rabbi Yochonon Goldlbatt, the


Classes for the family

October 30, 2014

The UK's largest Jewish state-aided primary school has appointed a family educator.

Rabbi Daniel Sturgess, from adult education organisation Project Seed, will hope to attract parents to courses at the Michael Sobell Sinai, in Kingsbury, London.

Seed's associate national director Rabbi Malcolm Herman described the new post as a "pioneering moment in community education".

Parents will be o


Cash boost for trainee Jewish studies teachers

October 30, 2014

Trainee Jewish studies teachers for secondary schools will be able to get bursaries next year after the government agreed to provide funding for religious education.

No money was available from the Department for Education for secondary RE training this year.

But now the department has decided to fund 40 places nationally next year - including a quarter reserved for Jewish studies training a


Professor Geoffrey Raisman: The tailor's son who performed a medical miracle

By Sandy Rashty, October 23, 2014

The man behind the pioneering spinal surgery that helped a paralysed man walk is adamant about where he got his drive to succeed - it was growing up in a working class Jewish family.

Professor Geoffrey Raisman stunned the medical world with a ground-breaking operation to treat a knife victim's damaged spine by transplanting cells from his nose.


School faces closure threat

By Simon Rocker, October 23, 2014

One of the largest Chasidic schools in London has been warned it could face closure if it does not improve provision for pupils' welfare, health and safety.

Inspectors found arrangements at the independent Talmud Torah Yetev Lev, in Stamford Hill, unsatisfactory after an unannounced visit in June.


Faith schools' battle over British values

By Simon Rocker, October 23, 2014

Over the past few weeks, we have reported growing concerns about a possible backlash against faith schools, following the so-called "Trojan Horse" inquiry into Islamist indoctrination in a number of state schools this summer.


Elie Wiesel chooses teenager to join David Cameron’s Holocaust Commission

By Marcus Dysch, October 20, 2014

Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel has selected a teenager from Lancashire to join David Cameron’s commission on Shoah education.

Charlotte Cohen, 17, was one of a six-strong panel of youth ambassadors chosen earlier this month to work on developing educational tools to help future generations learn about the genocide.


Let children open their eyes

By Geoffrey Alderman, October 7, 2014

Are you all worked up over plans to force students taking GCSE Religious Studies to learn about two or more world religions?