Education

Campaign targets £7m to meet educational shortfall

By Simon Rocker, April 21, 2016

A charity campaign has been launched to cover the estimated annual£7 million cost of supporting Jewish studies in schools in north-west London.

Chomesh L'Chinuch, instigated by members of Golders Green Beth Hamedrash, is urging people to earmark 20 per cent of their charity donations for Jewish education.

The initiative - meaning "a fifth for education" - distributed its first grants amou

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Illegality and intemperance

By Geoffrey Alderman, April 21, 2016

On April 3, the Independent on Sunday ran a lurid story headlined Illegal Jewish schools: Government knew about council faith school cover-up as thousands of pupils 'disappeared'.

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More children miss out on primary places

By Charlotte Oliver, April 21, 2016

More families than ever were expected to miss out on their first choice primary schools this week, as local councils released their first round of offers.

In a year when, nationally, 10 per cent of all families were not offered a place at their first preference school, Jewish schools reported unprecedented numbers of applicants.

In its first year of admissions, Yavneh Primary - which will op

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New app to ease exam revision

By Charlotte Oliver, April 21, 2016

When her son found himself overwhelmed by GCSE revision two years ago, Alyson Larholm searched for an app or online resource to help him manage his time effectively.

But the search proved futile, so the mother-of-three created one herself.

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JFS head to take 'leave of absence'

By Charlotte Oliver, April 20, 2016

JFS Headteacher Jonathan Miller will be taking a “leave of absence” from the school, according to its chair of governors.

In a letter sent to parents on Wednesday, Steven Woolf said the head “will not be dealing with school matters for the next few weeks”.

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Yavneh Primary given green light for September opening

By Charlotte Oliver, April 20, 2016

Yavneh Primary will definitely open in September with 60 pupils, after signing its funding agreement with the Department for Education.

In a letter written to Hertsmere MP Oliver Dowden, Lord Nash, the parliamentary under Secretary of State for Schools, confirmed the government would be funding the free school, after first approving its formation last September.

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Education watchdog criticises Orthodox school over 'very limited' teaching

By Simon Rocker, April 19, 2016

A Charedi boys' school has been criticised by government inspectors for refusing to teach about evolution or sex and relationships.

Ofsted said Getters Talmud Torah in Stamford Hill, north London, which has 241 pupils aged from three to 13, limited the teaching of secular subjects to between 45 minutes and an hour a day with “no provision for younger years”.

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Numbers up as Leeds free school defies the critics

By Simon Rocker, April 15, 2016

When the Leeds Jewish Free School opened with just eight pupils three years ago, the sceptics were already writing it off.

Articles in the press questioned why the government had pumped £3 million into a school with so few students.

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Ofsted praises primary schools and nurseries

April 14, 2016

King David Primary School has been rated "outstanding" by Ofsted.

The school, which was upgraded from "good", was praised by Ofsted inspectors for its "strong leadership and exemplary teaching".

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Finchley Reform Nursery is 'inadequate'

April 14, 2016

Less successful in its Ofsted inspection was Finchley Reform Synagogue Kindergarten, which dropped from its "outstanding" rating to "inadequate" - the lowest possible rating.

Inspectors said: "Leaders and managers have a poor understanding of their roles and responsibilities to protect the welfare of children. They have not ensured that some committee members are suitably vetted."

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