Young volunteers are flying the flag for Israel in the UK

By Daniel Easterman, March 14, 2014

A select group of Israeli teenagers are working within Anglo-Jewry’s major communal organisations to introduce new projects to bring British Jews and Israelis closer together.


Strictly Orthodox school head Rachel Pinter dies

March 13, 2014

The head teacher of the Yesodey Hatorah Girls High School in Hackney, North London has died after an illness.

Rachel Pinter, who was awarded the OBE for services to education in 2008, was the wife of the school’s trustee Rabbi Avraham Pinter.

Under her tutelage, the school became state-aided in 2006 and is rated outstanding by Ofsted inspectors.


X Factor is a test too far for Orthodox pupils

By Simon Rocker, March 6, 2014

Teachers at Jewish schools have told examiners that they should not assume all children are familiar with social media or with popular television shows such as X Factor.


James Joseph Sylvester - the maths genius you could count on

By Patricia Rothman, March 1, 2014

Those who value the versatility of their computers and tablets, rely on encryption to keep their data confidential,and wonder at the many marvels of the modern world, may thank James Joseph Sylvester, one of the giants of mathematics, whose work made all these advances possible. Later this year we celebrate the 200th anniversary of his birth.


Book week: brain food… and food

By Jenni Frazer, February 27, 2014

Jewish Book Week opened with a bang on Sunday. Well, actually, with a flash.

At the instigation of Gefiltefest founder Michael Leventhal, JBW saw its first flashmob — 40 participants took to the stairs and balconies of Kings Place, the venue for the nine-day events, to sing and play spontaneous music from Fiddler on the Roof, to the delight of Sunday’s crowds.


School must do better

By Simon Rocker, February 24, 2014

The Lubavitch Boys' Primary School in north London has been told that it must do better after its first inspection since becoming state-aided in 2012.

Ofsted, which visited last month, said that the school overall "requires improvement" because the "quality of teaching is not yet good".

Pupils did "not make enough progress in some year groups, particularly in reading and writing", Ofsted rep


The tablet that altered the story of Noah's Ark

By Sandy Rashty, February 17, 2014

The story of Noah’s Ark has always captivated the minds of children. Many have walked animal miniatures two-by-two into toy boats, as they imagine the vessel that saved believers from 40 rainy days and nights of flood.


Brodetsky's 'good' show

February 17, 2014

Ofsted inspectors have marked the Brodetsky Jewish Primary in Leeds as a "good" school in a new report.

After a visit last month, the inspectors concluded that pupils left the school with above average standards in reading, writing and maths and that the quality of teaching was good across all key stages.


School criticised by Ofsted

By Simon Rocker, February 17, 2014

A Chasidic primary boys' school in Hackney has been criticised by Ofsted for giving pupils an inadequate secular education after an emergency inspection.

An inspector arrived unannounced last month at the Chaim Meirim school, which is run by the Visnitz Chasidic group for 230 pupils aged from five to 12.


Aiming higher on teacher quality

By Simon Rocker, February 13, 2014

Two training schemes for Jewish studies teachers are to launch in the autumn in a bid to raise standards in the profession.

Up to 10 graduates will be recruited annually for a year-long school-based programme backed by a consortium of Jewish secondary schools and run by the education agency, Partnerships for Jewish Schools (PaJeS).

The London School of Jewish Studies, meanwhile, is introduci