Children teach parents better eating habits, says celebrity chef

By Sandy Rashty, August 11, 2015

The tables have turned.

Children are now scolding their parents about healthy eating as a result of better food education in schools, according to a study by celebrity chef Annabel Karmel.

And Ms Karmel, a member of West London Synagogue, believes that keeping kosher is no excuse for stocking up on stodgy goods.


School involved in Chasidic sect’s ban on women drivers is rejected for state aid

By Charlotte Oliver, August 10, 2015

A Chasidic school in north London which earlier this year threatened to ban pupils whose mothers drive has had an application to become state-aided rejected.

Beis Malka girls’ school, one of two schools runs by the Belz Chasidic sect in Stamford Hill, learned this week that Hackney Council had decided against granting it the status of a voluntary-aided, maintained school.


Summer camp closed after man arrested over indecent images of children

By Sandy Rashty, August 7, 2015

Police have confirmed that LL Camps in Hertfordshire was shut down after a man was arrested on suspicion of possession of indecent images of children.

The privately-run children’s summer camp, which is popular with Jewish families, was shut down on Thursday without notice.


Ofsted closes summer camp used by hundreds of Jewish families

By Sandy Rashty, August 7, 2015

A children’s summer camp popular with Jewish families has unexpectedly closed leaving hundreds of parents without child care.

The LL Camps, in Bushey, in Hertfordshire, was shut down on Thursday with no advance notice.

Ben Lewis, a camp director, would not comment on rumours that a child had got out of the camp unsupervised or suggestions that the police and Ofsted may be involved.


NUT pulls 'one-sided' school books on Palestinians

By Charlotte Oliver, August 4, 2015

The National Union of Teachers has “temporarily” pulled a new educational resource which aimed to “illustrate the daily struggles experienced by Palestinian children”, following public outcry that it was one-sided and unbalanced.


Concern over ‘one-sided’ school books on Palestinians

By Charlotte Oliver, July 30, 2015

Concern has been raised over a new educational resource promoted by the National Union of Teachers, which aims to “illustrate the daily struggles experienced by Palestinian children as they try to gain an education”.


We need to change our conversations about Jewish education

By Rabbi Neil Janes, July 23, 2015

I want to change the conversation we seem to be having about education in the Jewish community. We need to start by recognising that the structures we have put in place are dysfunctional and generally insufficiently embedded in the home and total community experience.


Students attack NUS president over failure to implement Israel boycott

By Sandy Rashty, July 20, 2015

The National Union of Students has criticised its president over her “failure” to fully implement its Israel boycott policy.

At a National Executive Committee meeting on Monday, NUS chiefs backed a motion to censure president Megan Dunn after she allowed Coca Cola to sponsor the NUS awards this month.


Before an inspector calls ... it is up to Pikuach to get them ready for the task

By Charlotte Oliver, July 16, 2015

Who watches the watchmen? When it comes to Jewish schools, that job falls to Pikuach, the Board of Deputies' inspection service.

Since it launched in 1996, in response to the UK statute that schools of a religious character be subject to Section 48 inspections, the organisation has cemented itself as the stamp of approval for Jewish education.


Shoot it like Shiner, the schoolgirl star

By Charlotte Oliver, July 16, 2015

If you have seen Bend it Like Beckham, you will recognise the story: young London girl juggles her studies and cultural identity with her almost prodigious footballing talents.