Jewish school daubed with antisemitic graffiti

By Charlotte Oliver, June 30, 2015

Two Jewish sites in Hackney have been targeted by vandals in the last 24 hours, it has been reported.

Last night, Stamford Hill’s Shomrim announced via Twitter that graffiti with the words “f*** the Jews” had been painted across the gates of Simon Marks Jewish Primary School in Stoke Newington.


Autism has been my life for 30 years and I'm still trying to understand it

By Sandy Rashty, June 28, 2015

You would never know it from his calm and measured manner, but Professor Simon Baron-Cohen is frustrated with our society.

The director of Cambridge University's Autism Research Centre - is irritated by the way we (and some medical practitioners for that matter) treat people with social disorders.


Parents at crisis point as school places dry up

By Charlotte Oliver, June 25, 2015

Anxious parents have said they will consider home-schooling, or even emigrating to the United States or Israel, to avoid having to send their child to a non-Jewish secondary school, as the admissions crisis continues.


Love poetry shouldn't be on the forbidden list

By Rabbi Ariel Abel, June 25, 2015

When poems about falling in love appeared in a GCSE English exam this year, a number of Orthodox schools were unhappy. They felt their students were at a disadvantage because the subject was outside their cultural and social experience.


Coming face to face with Yavneh’s head

By Charlotte Oliver, June 25, 2015

Did you know that, in Hebrew, "Yavneh" means "he will build"? A fitting name, then, for the school that just keeps growing.

When it was founded in 2006, the landscape of Jewish education was very different. Hasmonean and King Solomon aside, JFS held the market on mainstream schooling in the community - and, indeed, opposed the proposal for a new north-London school.


Hundreds of Orthodox boys 'missing' from education system

By Simon Rocker, June 19, 2015

Hundreds of strictly Orthodox boys in north London appear to be missing from the official education system despite attempts by the authorities to register the yeshivot where many are believed to be studying.


From a handful to hundreds at Sacks Morasha Primary

By Charlotte Oliver, June 18, 2015

Upstairs at Sacks Morasha Jewish Primary School, eight Year 6 pupils are finishing up a morning lesson.

Excitement is palpable as conversation turns to summer holidays and starting new schools in September. Between them, they'll be moving on to Hasmonean High, Yavneh College, Immanuel, JFS and JCoSS.

So far, so ordinary for any 10 or 11-year-old; but these pupils are special.


Norwood offers guaranteed jobs to JCoSS students

By Barry Toberman, June 11, 2015

Norwood and the Jewish Community Secondary School (JCoSS) are joining forces on a pioneering health and social care BTEC, which comes with a job guarantee for graduates.

For the East Barnet school, the course is a selling point for its first sixth-form cohort, with interest expressed by 20 students, including some currently at other schools.


Private on parade at Gateshead Jewish Primary School

By Faga Speker, June 11, 2015

Lining up for morning assembly can, at times, be a military operation.

But that is nothing compared to the ceremony seen last week at Gateshead Jewish Primary School in Newcastle when a Second World War veteran came to visit.


Poems unloved by Orthodox schools

By Simon Rocker, June 11, 2015

A number of Orthodox schools have complained that poems about falling in love that appeared in a GCSE English exam were unfair to their pupils because the subject was outside their experience. The JC understands that some students did not answer questions on the poems, which were set in AQA English literature papers and were worth a third of the marks.