Inadequate Chasidic school rapped for failing to improve

By Simon Rocker, July 9, 2015

A Chasidic school that has previously been ordered to improve its secular studies has insisted that children do not need to be taught English until their fourth year of primary school, according to inspectors.


Students strengthen Israeli connection

By Charlotte Oliver, July 9, 2015

Last Monday, more than 350 sixth form pupils from across the UK gathered at JFS to take part in the annual Israel: Get Connected conference, organised by the Israeli embassy, the Jewish Agency and UJIA.


Schools' plans go before DfE

July 9, 2015

Proposals for two new Jewish free schools in the Elstree area have reached the final interview stage at the Department for Education to determine whether they will be given the green light to proceed.

The LL Group wants to open a pluralist primary for 420 children.


Special volunteers

July 8, 2015

A seminar, run by the Jewish Volunteering Network (JVN) at their Hendon headquarters offered training to six mentors to enable them to support volunteers with a range of special needs.


'Secrets and scandals' of a Maccabi Walking tour

July 8, 2015

Maccabi GB held a Jewish Walking Tour of London, which revealed some of the capital’s most salaciously, unknown stories in the "Secrets and Scandals"-themed walk.


Six Israeli Arabs charged with supporting Daesh

By Sandy Rashty, July 6, 2015

Six Israeli Arabs – four of them school teachers - have been charged with supporting Daesh (sometimes known as IS).

The men are accused of promoting jihad in their classes, according to Israeli security agency Shin Bet.

The four teachers work in a school in southern Israel.


Simon Marks Primary will 'refresh' leadership

By Charlotte Oliver, July 2, 2015

Simon Marks Jewish Primary School has said it plans to unveil a "refreshed senior leadership team" following its Ofsted downgrading.

Chair of governors Howard Pallis announced that the school was "implementing a raft of reforms in the coming months, which we believe will raise quality across the board".


JCoSS pupils like to keep the interfaith

By Charlotte Oliver, July 2, 2015

Visit any Jewish school and you will expect to find calendars packed with important dates and holy festivals, from Rosh Hashanah to Shavuot.

But Ramadan is unlikely to feature on the roster.

This year, however, JCoSS decided to change that and put together a two-week interfaith programme to coincide with the Muslim festival - all of which took place inside a "multifaith tent".


Shaw thing for Mizrachi as it recruits US educator

July 2, 2015

United Synagogue educational leader and Stanmore Synagogue community development rabbi, Andrew Shaw, is leaving the US to become Mizrachi UK's CEO.

Rabbi Shaw founded Tribe, the US's youth arm, has been instrumental in Holocaust memorial projects, and is currently director of its education-focused living and learning department.

He sees his move to the religious Zionist organisation as a nat


School funder Benjamin Perl warns shortage of places will get worse

By Simon Rocker, July 1, 2015

Educational philanthropist Benjamin Perl has warned that the pressure on places at Jewish secondary schools in north-west London is set to grow dramatically.