An aca-mazing Chanucah at Sinai School

By Charlotte Oliver, December 16, 2015

They are a YouTube singing phenomenon who have amassed a cult following around the world for their Jewish parodies of modern pop songs - and even count Barack Obama as a fan.

But singing group The Maccabeats played the gig to end all gigs on Thursday when they performed a special Chanucah show at Sinai Jewish Primary School in Harrow.


King David is highest performing Jewish school in national primary school league tables

By Simon Rocker and Charlotte Oliver, December 11, 2015

Four of the community’s primary schools have achieved the maximum scores possible in the Department for Education’s league tables for state schools, which were released on Thursday.


Jewish groups divided over recommendations for faith schools

By Simon Rocker, December 9, 2015

Jewish groups are divided over a call by an independent commission for religious schools to open their doors to other communities and teach about different faiths.

While Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis was critical of recommendations by the Commission on Religion and Belief in British Public Life, they were broadly welcomed by Reform, Liberal and Masorti.


Woolf Commission recommends greater diversity in faith schools

By Simon Rocker, December 7, 2015

Faith schools should accept children from communities other than own and teach about other religions, a commission on religion in British life stated today.

It says that state-aided schools and bodies responsible for admissions should reduce the number of children selected for faith schools on the basis of their religion.


Israel bans European school trips over security fears

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 3, 2015

The Israeli Education Ministry has banned most school trips to Europe over fears of further operations by Daesh.

In a special directive that went out to all Israeli schools this week, the ministry's security department instructed schools to suspend all delegations and trips to Europe unless the students are accompanied by certified security personnel.


'Teachers lack Shoah training' says HET chief

By Rosa Doherty, December 3, 2015

Schools and teachers need more support in delivering education about the Holocaust, according to a leading expert.

Karen Pollock, chief executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, said that four out of five school staff teaching the Holocaust were self-trained.

More teachers needed to be able to access the training available, including that provided by HET.


Ofsted report praises strictly Orthodox school's British values

By Charlotte Oliver, December 3, 2015

A strictly Orthodox school for children with special needs has been praised by Ofsted for its teaching of British values.

Haskel School in Gateshead was singled out by Chief Inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw in Westminster on Tuesday, as he launched the inspection service's annual report for 2014-2015.


Rabbi urges students: be proud of your faith

By Charlotte Oliver, December 3, 2015

As an ambassador for University Jewish Chaplaincy, Rabbi Jonathan Hughes visits schools and encourages pupils to embrace their Jewish identities as they move to university.

It may come as a surprise, then, to learn that, growing up, he was more likely to become a footballer than a rabbi - and he only found Judaism at the age of 18.


I was shocked and confused: 13-year-old schoolgirl's reaction to snub from anti-Israel academic

By Marcus Dysch, December 2, 2015

A 13-year-old Israeli girl has described her shock after a Jewish academic refused her request for help with a school project “until there is peace in Palestine”.

Shachar Rabinovitch said she had been excited to email Marsha Levine, a former Cambridge University expert with more than 40 years of experience working with horses.


Mother's homophobic Facebook rant sparks outrage at King Solomon High School

By Charlotte Oliver, December 2, 2015

A homophobic Facebook post by a mother at King Solomon High branding the school’s LGBT week as “filth” and “an abomination” has sparked outrage among parents and students.