A Chasidic school in north London which earlier this year 1a>threatened to ban pupils whose mothers drive1b> 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.
The National Union of Teachers has “temporarily” pulled 1a>a new educational resource which aimed to “illustrate the daily struggles experienced by Palestinian children”1b>, following public outcry that it was one-sided and unbalanced.
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”.
I want to change the conversation we seem to be having about 1a>education in the Jewish community1b>. 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.
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.