Education

New pledge for children with special needs

By Charlotte Oliver, September 11, 2014

September may mark a fresh start for all schoolchildren, but this year’s biggest change comes for pupils with special educational needs (SEN).

Heralded by the government as a “landmark moment”, the change comes thanks to a pack of newly launched reforms that claim to integrate a child’s education and health needs for the first time in 30 years.

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Yachad's Hannah Weisfeld on educating from the grassroots

By Daniel Easterman, September 5, 2014

Hannah Weisfeld turned her back on Middle East politics after studying at Sussex University.

Such was the emotive nature of the Israel-Palestinian debate on campus during the Second Intifada.

“I put the whole thing to bed. I didn’t want to be involved in the debate anymore,” she said.

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How to cope with the back-to-school blues

By Nikki Teper, September 5, 2014

After the school holidays, with changes to routine and later bedtimes, the return to school may be causing some anxiety.

Parents worry as their child moves from the familiarity of home or nursery to primary school. Some feel that they are losing their “baby” as they enter full-time education, while others fear their child is finding it hard to cope with the full school day.

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GCSE at nine for Max, the computer whiz

By Charlotte Oliver, September 5, 2014

Like most nine-year-olds, Max Hoffman likes nothing more than to come home from school and play on his computer.

But unlike most boys his age, Max has a GCSE to back up his interest.

The Rosh Pinah Primary pupil found out in August that he had attained a C grade in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) — after sitting exams designed for students almost double his age in May.

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The man leading from the front of the class

By Charlotte Oliver, September 5, 2014

INTERVIEW - ALASTAIR FALK

Alastair Falk learned some important lessons during his teaching career — not least that having a sense of humour is essential.

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Kerem is top of the class with inspectors

September 4, 2014

Pupils and staff of the Kerem Primary in Hampstead Garden Suburb are back to school on a high following the announcement of an impressive assessment by the Independent Schools Inspectorate.

Kerem was adjudged excellent in all eight categories of the report by ISI. The grade is equivalent to "outstanding" in the ratings of Ofsted, whose work ISI mirrors.

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It's been a memorable year at Habs' JSoc

By Hannah Mendall, August 29, 2014

It has been a fantastic year for Haberdashers’ Girls’ School Jewish Society, filled with a diverse and exciting programme. We have held a broad range of talks and events to enhance our Jewish education and are proud of the difference we have made to charities across the globe.

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Yavneh's students hit top form — now it's all about sixth form

By Charlotte Oliver, August 29, 2014

As students laughed and hugged outside Yavneh College, Borehamwood, last Thursday, it was clear the day also belonged to their proud parents, who had no doubt shared in the long spell of revision, stress, and quick-fire exam questions over breakfast and dinner.

Samantha Berman, whose daughter Hollie attained seven A*s and three As, said she was “very proud and very happy”.

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Top marks in his GCSEs - and Oliver didn’t even put pen to paper

By Charlotte Oliver, August 29, 2014

Oliver Sapier’s mother describes him as a “fighter” – a modest appraisal, given his story of triumph.

Born with a chronic bowel condition, the 16-year-old spent the first years of his life in hospital, where doctors were not sure he would live beyond his second birthday.

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How GCSE students woke up to find themselves in dreamland

By Charlotte Oliver, August 28, 2014

Summer holidays are usually a lesson in lazy days, topping up the tan, and getting up as late as possible.

But if there is one day that bucks the trend, GCSE Results Day is it. After all, no other time of the year will see so many 16-year-olds up and alert at six am, anxiously refreshing their computer screens.

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