Education

Ballet teacher cleared of racial harassment despite 'deplorable' comment

October 31, 2013

A leading ballet teacher has been cleared of racial harassment, despite a court finding he made a “deplorable and ill-considered” antisemitic remark in the presence of a Jewish student.

Jonathan Barton told a group of pupils at Scotland’s prestigious Ballet West school: “You look like a bunch of Jews lining up waiting to be shot in the rain.”

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Top marks for Mathilda

October 28, 2013

Mathilda Marks Kennedy primary’s Jewish studies teaching has been judged as “outstanding” by Pikuach inspectors.

The inspection team looked at pupils’ progress and achievement, the quality of teaching, leadership and management and the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development in the Mill Hill school.

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Akiva primary school doubles up

October 28, 2013

Staff and pupils at Akiva School are celebrating securing two positive reports from education regulators.

Ofsted, the schools’ inspector, found that Akiva was a “good” school, in a report that praised both the school’s teaching and the spiritual and social development of its pupils.

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Religious studies 'must be part of national curriculum'

By Simon Rocker, October 25, 2013

A leading Reform rabbi has called for religious education to be made part of the national curriculum.

Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain, of Maidenhead Synagogue, said that the launch of new government guidelines on teaching the subject did not go far enough.

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Scottish teacher accused over Hitler comments

By Charlotte Oliver, October 25, 2013

A teacher at a private school in Scotland who allegedly made antisemitic comments during one of his classes will have a disciplinary hearing next week, according to the Herald Scotland.

Religious education teacher David McNally reportedly told students at Kilwinning Academy in Ayrshire: "Hitler was not all bad - he killed the Jews.”

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Gove observes a flying start to Etz Chaim site

By Sandy Rashty, October 21, 2013

Education Secretary Michael Gove joined communal leaders at the official opening of the permanent Etz Chaim Jewish Primary premises in Mill Hill last Friday.

Etz Chaim, one of the government’s free school projects, has been operating from nearby temporary accommodation since 2011.

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Exploring social justice

By Simon Rocker, October 21, 2013

A London synagogue has linked up with organisations in Israel and America for an innovative educational programme exploring Jewish ideas of social justice.

Participants in the “Takum” course will learn locally with a rabbi in their own country, while being able to access material online from other centres.

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Exploring social justice

By Simon Rocker, October 21, 2013

A London synagogue has linked up with organisations in Israel and America for an innovative educational programme exploring Jewish ideas of social justice.

Participants in the “Takum” course will learn locally with a rabbi in their own country, while being able to access material online from other centres.

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Family and head clash over Israel trip

By Charlotte Oliver, October 18, 2013

A couple are furious that a Jewish school has refused to allow a term-time trip to Israel to celebrate their son’s barmitzvah and daughter’s batmitzvah.

Amanda and Simon Moss arranged a double blessing at the Western Wall for next April.

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School probed in exam row

By Simon Rocker, October 17, 2013

A strictly Orthodox girls’ school accused of censoring science questions in a GCSE paper this summer insists that it is complying with exam regulations.

The Oxford, Cambridge and RSA Board (OCR) confirmed this week that it had found that part of an exam paper had been “obscured” by the Yesodey Hatorah Senior Girls’ High School in Hackney, north-east London.

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