Israeli teachers meet their British counterparts

By Charlotte Oliver, July 14, 2015

Exchange visits may normally be reserved for pupils, but that didn’t stop 22 Israeli teachers from flying to the UK last week to meet their British counterparts.

The teachers, from 11 schools in the Galil in northern Israel, came as part of UJIA’s Schools Partnership Programme, which is run in partnership with the Jewish Agency.


Charity urges schools to promote 'intercultural education'

By Charlotte Oliver, July 13, 2015

An interfaith charity is calling for more interaction between school pupils of different religions.

In a report launched last week at the Institute for Public Policy Research, the Three Faiths Forum (3FF) - together with educational think-tank LKMco - said there must be a “major shift in education policy” towards a system of “intercultural education”.


Hundreds flex their brains in annual quiz

By Charlotte Oliver, July 9, 2015

Are you smarter than a 10-year-old?

The chances are slim, if last week's Etgar Challenge is any indication.

On Thursday, more than 600 children from 20 Jewish primary schools across the country proved their brainpower by taking part in an inter-school quiz that tested the limits of their Jewish knowledge.


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".