Education

Warning on school places squeeze

By Simon Rocker, May 26, 2016

The number of children graduating from Jewish primary schools in London is set to rise by more than a quarter in just six years, adding to the squeeze on places at the community's secondary schools.

The educational agency Partnerships for Jewish Schools (Pajes) has predicted a shortfall of 135 places at Jewish secondary schools in north-west London in 2022.

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Pupils voice concern over insular schooling

By Rosa Doherty, May 26, 2016

Two sixth-formers at Yavneh College have said that Jewish education has not prepared them for mixing with people outside their faith group.

Shir Dor, deputy head girl at the school, and Simmy Wahnon, both 17, said they were concerned that their peers were not prepared for the "real world".

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'Detentions given for no reason' under strict regime

By Rosa Doherty, May 26, 2016

Parents and pupils voiced their dissatisfaction with the leadership of Jonathan Miller as news of his resignation as JFS head teacher was announced this week.

Some parents said they had been worried that a number of staff had left to be replaced by a "string of supply teachers brought in to fill the gaps."

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Hunt is on for new leaders as JFS head quits

By Simon Rocker, May 26, 2016

The resignation of Jonathan Miller as headteacher of JFS, the country's largest Jewish school, has ended weeks of uncertainty after his unexplained absence since the start of term.

Mr Miller, who has led the London secondary school since 2008, wanted to "explore other professional opportunities", parents were told this week in a letter from the chairman of governors Steven Woolf.

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The pros and cons of opening a new London Jewish high school

By Simon Rocker, May 26, 2016

What is the case for a new Jewish secondary school in north-west London?

Latest predictions suggest that in six years there will be around 135 more children from Jewish primary schools in London applying to Jewish secondaries than there are now. Almost enough to fill the 150 places a year which would be available at a new high school.

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Lesson about Palestinians should not be 'taboo'

By Simon Rocker, May 26, 2016

Talking about the Palestinians to pupils at Jewish schools "cannot be taboo", according to a specialist on teaching children about Israel.

Dr Sivan Zakai, of the American Jewish University in Los Angeles, has found that young Jewish schoolchildren in the city are unaware of the Palestinians, instead believing Israel to be in conflict with some "unclear other team".

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LL Camps co founder Ben Lewis pleads guilty over indecent images of children charge

By JC Reporter, May 25, 2016

Naked pictures of three-and four-year-old girls were found on the mobile phone of one of the owners of a children’s summer camp, a jury heard this week.

The indecent images on Ben Lewis’s iPhone were discovered by a member of staff at LL Camps in Bushey, Hertfordshire, who said the sight of them had “polluted” her brain.

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Exams - hell for all the family

By Ronit Knoble, May 25, 2016

A father revises the Weimar Republic and Treaty of Versailles with his daughter while a mother tests her son on free trade agreements and the economic policy of Europe while putting the washing on, ordering more stationery from Amazon Prime, roasting a chicken and running her business. Sounds familiar? Then you may be in exam hell too…

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JFS headteacher resigns after leave of absence

By Rosa Doherty, May 24, 2016

Jonathan Miller has resigned as headteacher of JFS, it has been announced.

In an email to parents today, chair of governors Steven Woolf said: “I regret to inform you that the school has accepted Mr Miller’s resignation which will take effect at the end of the school year and his leave of absence will continue until that time.”

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School admissions points system set for review

By Simon Rocker, May 19, 2016

The points system which is used for entry to many Jewish schools is to be reviewed.

The Chief Rabbi has set up an investigation to look at the requirements for a "Certificate of Religious Practice" and question whether the present criteria are correct.

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