Education

Schools' anti-hate course

By Simon Rocker, March 24, 2014

An anti-racism programme has been launched for schools which draws parallels between the Holocaust and the Serb massacre of Bosnian Muslims at Srebrenica in 1995.

It has been instigated by the Joseph Interfaith Foundation, a charity supporting Jewish-Muslim dialogue.

While the foundation has been active on campus for a number of years, the Auschwitz and Srebrenica programme, designed for 15-

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Yesodey Hatorah head dies

By Charlotte Oliver, March 24, 2014

Tributes have been paid to Yesodey Hatorah Girls' High School head Rachel Pinter, who died last Thursday, aged 67.

A teacher for more than 40 years, Mrs Pinter had headed the strictly Orthodox Yesodey Hatorah since 2005, overseeing its transition to a state-aided school rated "outstanding" by Ofsted. She was awarded an OBE for services to education in 2008.

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Rosh Pinah calls in outside help following period of unrest

By Simon Rocker, March 24, 2014

Edgware's Rosh Pinah Primary has entered new territory by calling in a private educational group to oversee change.

The move follows disputes between parents and governors in the previous academic year.

A trio of executive teachers from Lilac Sky Schools - which has worked with 70 schools over the past four years and has sponsored academies - will assume the Rosh Pinah reins in June.

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Reform rabbi attacks Michael Gove for ‘devaluing’ RE

By Charlotte Oliver, March 20, 2014

A leading Reform rabbi has attacked Education Secretary Michael Gove for not recognising the value of religious education.

Rabbi Jonathan Romain said the study of RE had been consistently undermined by Mr Gove, who had failed to promote it as a core subject.

“It’s not just that RE has been ignored and left on the shelf, but it has actually been devalued,” Rabbi Romain said.

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Young volunteers are flying the flag for Israel in the UK

By Daniel Easterman, March 14, 2014

A select group of Israeli teenagers are working within Anglo-Jewry’s major communal organisations to introduce new projects to bring British Jews and Israelis closer together.

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Strictly Orthodox school head Rachel Pinter dies

March 13, 2014

The head teacher of the Yesodey Hatorah Girls High School in Hackney, North London has died after an illness.

Rachel Pinter, who was awarded the OBE for services to education in 2008, was the wife of the school’s trustee Rabbi Avraham Pinter.

Under her tutelage, the school became state-aided in 2006 and is rated outstanding by Ofsted inspectors.

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X Factor is a test too far for Orthodox pupils

By Simon Rocker, March 6, 2014

Teachers at Jewish schools have told examiners that they should not assume all children are familiar with social media or with popular television shows such as X Factor.

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James Joseph Sylvester - the maths genius you could count on

By Patricia Rothman, March 1, 2014

Those who value the versatility of their computers and tablets, rely on encryption to keep their data confidential,and wonder at the many marvels of the modern world, may thank James Joseph Sylvester, one of the giants of mathematics, whose work made all these advances possible. Later this year we celebrate the 200th anniversary of his birth.

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Book week: brain food… and food

By Jenni Frazer, February 27, 2014

Jewish Book Week opened with a bang on Sunday. Well, actually, with a flash.

At the instigation of Gefiltefest founder Michael Leventhal, JBW saw its first flashmob — 40 participants took to the stairs and balconies of Kings Place, the venue for the nine-day events, to sing and play spontaneous music from Fiddler on the Roof, to the delight of Sunday’s crowds.

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School must do better

By Simon Rocker, February 24, 2014

The Lubavitch Boys' Primary School in north London has been told that it must do better after its first inspection since becoming state-aided in 2012.

Ofsted, which visited last month, said that the school overall "requires improvement" because the "quality of teaching is not yet good".

Pupils did "not make enough progress in some year groups, particularly in reading and writing", Ofsted rep

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