Mind the gap - Israelis to fill educational need

By John Fisher, October 1, 2015

It is a gap year with a difference for the two new Jewish Agency emissaries in Leeds, Mia Winroab and Shiri Livnym.

Ms Livnym said that in Israel, "it is common to take a gap year prior to doing army service and to engage in volunteering work in the community. We chose to come to Leeds because the connection between Jews in Israel and the diaspora is very important to us.


Strictly Orthodox inspectors off Ofsted list

By Simon Rocker, September 24, 2015

An education inspector who criticised Ofsted's approach to Jewish schools no longer appears on its approved list.

Rabbi Nesanel Lieberman, head of the Bnos Beis Yaakov School in Kingsbury, north-west London, accused the government's inspection service of "having an agenda to knock down our schools" earlier this year.


Schools at fault on admissions policy

By Charlotte Oliver, September 24, 2015

The Office of Schools Adjudicator has partially upheld complaints about the admissions policies of two Jewish schools.

Both Rimon Jewish Primary School in Golders Green and Etz Chaim Jewish Primary School in Mill Hill failed to comply with some of the requirements of the schools' Admissions Code.


Cancer researcher thanks Brampton for support

By Charlotte Oliver, September 24, 2015

Brampton College has welcomed the return of former pupil Benji Rosen, who spoke to students about his pioneering cancer research work.

The Jewish medic, who studied biology, chemistry, maths and German at the sixth-form college in Hendon, before leaving in 2012 to study Medicine at University College London, spent his third year at university analysing the effect of viruses on cancer cells.


Naima JPS rated 'outstanding'

September 24, 2015

Naima Jewish Preparatory School has been rated "outstanding" by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) after an inspection in June.

ISI, which regulates independent schools in the UK, found that the west-London school's setting "makes outstanding provision in meeting the needs of the range of children who attend".


Nicky Morgan praises ‘outstanding’ faith schools on visit to Yavneh College

By Charlotte Oliver, September 17, 2015

“Faith schools are outstanding, provided that they teach their pupils fundamental British values,” according to Education Secretary Nicky Morgan.

Ms Morgan praised Jewish schools in general, and Yavneh College in particular, as she arrived at the Borehamwood school today, in a visit that followed the government’s recent approval to build a primary section on its site.


Mother's relief after school appeal victory

By Simon Rocker, September 17, 2015

A mother has finally won her battle to get her son into a Jewish secondary school in London after convincing an appeal panel of his case.

Colette Assor's 11-year-old son had started a non-Jewish comprehensive last week where he was one of a tiny minority of Jewish pupils.

But now he will join JCoSS in East Barnet after winning an appeal which was unusually held after the start of the new sch


Three more schools rapped

By Charlotte Oliver, September 17, 2015

Another three Jewish schools have been downgraded to "inadequate" in their latest Ofsted inspections.

The strictly Orthodox Menorah Grammar School in Edgware, the Chasidic Talmud Torah Bobov Primary School in Stamford Hill and the Chasidic Beis Rochel D'Satmar Girls' school in Hackney all scored four, the lowest grade, after their summer inspections.


Boost for LGBT Jews as Keshet UK gets charitable status

By Sandy Rashty, September 7, 2015

A UK group that promotes equality for LGBT people in the Jewish community has achieved charitable status.

Keshet UK, a major grassroots LGBT forum in the British Jewish community, said the new status would help its fundraising activities.


Three more people charged in LL Camps case

By Sandy Rashty, September 4, 2015

Three people have been charged by police in connection to the closure of the LL Camps in Hertfordshire.

Police have confirmed that two men and one woman had been charged with offences.

LL Camps co-founder Ben Lewis was charged with three offences relating to indecent images of children last month.