How GCSE students woke up to find themselves in dreamland

By Charlotte Oliver, August 28, 2014

Summer holidays are usually a lesson in lazy days, topping up the tan, and getting up as late as possible.

But if there is one day that bucks the trend, GCSE Results Day is it. After all, no other time of the year will see so many 16-year-olds up and alert at six am, anxiously refreshing their computer screens.


Pupils and parents warned over school security

By Marcus Dysch, August 27, 2014

Pupils and parents at Jewish schools should take additional security measures following the sharp rise of antisemitism, the Community Security Trust has warned.

Parents should join special security rotas, undergo training and send their children on a specialist programme designed to help them protect themselves, the organisation said.


Meet the A-team

By Charlotte Oliver, August 21, 2014

You know the feeling: sleepless night, sweaty palms, unprovoked hysteria. It must be Results Day.

Last Thursday's A-level marks came and went in a flurry of brown paper envelopes, delighted students, and one prevalent cry: "We did it!"


When the student becomes the teacher

By Charlotte Oliver, August 14, 2014

The school bell rings on Monday morning and Ezra Dulberg hurries to class - the fear of lunchtime detention quickening his pace.

Fear that quickly subsides, that is, as soon as Dulberg remembers he is no longer a student at Yavneh College in Borehamwood. Instead, the 22-year-old has returned to his alma mater as a teacher and, from now on, lunchtime detentions are a weapon, not a worry.


Salford schools face places crisis

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 7, 2014

A baby boom in Salford will leave local Jewish schools facing huge pressure on places.

Salford has one of the UK's fastest-growing Jewish populations and its schools have begun lobbying for funding to expand existing buildings. One independent Charedi school is attempting to buy a Salford care home which has larger premises.


Rabbi challenges faith school entry rules

By chris, July 31, 2014

The entry policy of Jewish schools has been challenged by a campaign which opposes selecting children for state schools on the basis of faith.

The Fair Admissions Campaign has lodged complaints against 50 schools of different faiths with the Office of Schools Adjudicator, the body which regulates admissions to state schools.


British values in the classroom

By Simon Rocker, July 31, 2014

Jewish schools have been briefed on guidelines to promote British values and respect for equality, which come into force next term.

Sara Perlmutter, the Board's education policy and projects manager, believes the schools will be able to cope with the changes "if they are prepared with the right guidance and get up to speed".


Ofsted tells 'inadequate' school: must do better

By Simon Rocker, July 31, 2014

Ofsted inspectors have strongly criticised a Yiddish-speaking Chasidic school in Stamford Hill for providing an "inadequate" education.

Talmud Torah Chaim Meirim Wiznitz - a primary school for 242 boys aged mainly from five to 13 which is associated with the Vishnitz sect - was instructed to make improvements after an emergency inspection in January.


Former Carmel College teacher accused of sexual abuse

By Simon Rocker, July 24, 2014

A former teacher at Carmel College has been charged with sexual abuse while working at the now closed public school.

Trevor Bolton, 77, of Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, was arrested in June last year on suspicion of four counts of indecency with a child and five counts of indecent assault on a male.

He was charged last Thursday and released on bail to appear at Oxford Crown Court next week.


Tashbar gets good grades

July 24, 2014

The Tashbar Primary in Edgware has received "good" grades in all areas from Ofsted inspectors.

Established in 2005 with fewer than 10 pupils, there are now 178 boys on the roll. It is anticipated that it will move to premises next door during the next academic year once refurbishments have been completed.