Charedi youth pray for right to Torah teaching

By Simon Rocker, June 10, 2016

Thousands of Charedi youth across Britain took part in special prayer meetings on Monday in the wake of increasing pressure on Orthodox schools from the government's inspection service.

Answering the call of the rabbinate, educational institutions brought pupils to gatherings in north London, Manchester and Gateshead.


Parents pay teachers’ salaries to keep secular studies going at Orthodox grammar school Pardes House

By Simon Rocker, June 9, 2016

An independent strictly Orthodox grammar school in London closed its secular studies department this week because it could not pay teachers.

Parents of boys at Pardes House Grammar School in Finchley were told yesterday that lessons in secular subjects were being cancelled from lunchtime “with immediate effect” until staff salaries were paid.


School's delight as Ofsted praises improvement

June 9, 2016

Kantor King Solomon High School in Essex has received a significant boost to morale this week after inspectors restored its rank as a good school.

Matthew Slater, who joined as head teacher just over a year ago after a period of uncertainty at the school, said: "We're delighted at the outcome. It shows that the hard work, dedication and commitment of the teaching staff has paid off."


Question marks over GCSE religion

By Simon Rocker, June 9, 2016

There is more devil in the detail of the new religious studies GCSE course than many Jewish schools had bargained for.

When the government insisted that from September, GCSE students would have to study at least two religions - rather than one as before - Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis objected.


Worries over rule to teach Christianity

By Simon Rocker, June 2, 2016

Jewish students could be "disadvantaged" by a new requirement to show knowledge of Christianity for GCSE religious studies, the Department for Education has been told.

They will have to demonstrate it even if they study Islam as a second religion after Judaism.


Leave or remain — youth have their say on Europe

By Simon Rocker, June 1, 2016

They may be too young to vote in next month's Brexit referendum but a group from Noam Primary School in London were closely following the arguments for and against Britain staying in the European Union last week.

They were among more than 100 children aged from eight to 13 from across the country who took part in a debate staged by First News, the newspaper for youth, at Speaker's House in West


Lubavitch girls earn plaudits from Ofsted

By Simon Rocker, June 1, 2016

Although strictly Orthodox schools have had a tough time with Ofsted over the two years, some are still proving able to make the grade.

The state-aided Lubavitch Senior Girls' School in Hackney, north London, which was rated as "requiring improvement" in 2013, has now been officially classified as a good school.

Its headteacher had worked with determination to tackle weaknesses, senior lead


A school where children of all faiths are welcome

By Rosa Doherty, June 1, 2016

Mosaic Primary, south London's only Jewish day school, is singular in more ways than one.


Over 900 sign petition to save jobs of four JFS staff

By Sandy Rashty, May 27, 2016

The jobs of four “likeable” JFS staff members are in jeopardy after the resignation of the school’s former headteacher Jonathan Miller was announced this week.

An online petition, which was launched by a JFS student on Thursday, has claimed that the school’s four community officers were asked to leave after Mr Miller quit.


Jewish bubble? Not at King Solomon

By Matthew Slater, May 26, 2016

As a head teacher I am in a privileged position to have the opportunity to influence the lives of the young people that attend my school.