South London primary could regenerate community

By Barry Toberman, July 19, 2012

The potential of the South London Jewish Primary School to regenerate Jewish life in the region is evidenced by the number of inquiries to project leaders since its application was approved.


Leeds delighted as secondary school plan is approved at second attempt

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 19, 2012

A Jewish high school in Leeds could stem the exodus of young families to larger Jewish centres.

It was second time lucky for the proposers of the free school, after an initial application was rejected in 2011. It will open next year, growing to a 175-place school with sixth-form provision in the heart of the local Jewish community in Alwoodley.


Finchley school gets the go-ahead

By Simon Rocker, July 19, 2012

Probably no Jewish school has ever moved so quickly from drawing board to state approval as the cross-communal primary for Finchley.

Martin Blain, interim chairman of governors for the school, which plans to open in 2013, recalled a meeting of interested parents last December to consider the results of an initial survey into local demand.


Strictly Orthodox free school bids rejected

By Simon Rocker, July 19, 2012

In what was generally a bumper week for Jewish education, two cross-communal primaries in London and a high school for Leeds were among more than 100 new free schools approved by the Department of Education.


Stop this teachers’ brain drain

By Miriam Shaviv, July 15, 2012

Has Britain got Jewish educational talent? Yes - but it is slipping away and no one seems to care.

I reached this conclusion after interviewing Jeremy Stowe-Lindner, JCoSS headteacher, who is departing for a community school in Australia next month.


Edgware school gets good Ofsted rating

July 13, 2012

An Israeli-based educator is returning to UJIA to succeed Douglas Krikler as its CEO.

Michael Wegier served UJIA as director of programme and planning from 2002 to 2007, where he led strategy development in informal Jewish education and Israel experience programmes.


Government approval for cross-communal Jewish free schools

By Simon Rocker, July 13, 2012

Two new cross-communal Jewish primary schools are among the latest batch of free schools to be approved by the government, as well as a Jewish high school for Leeds.

South London is finally to get the Jewish primary school it has long dreamed of, while a group of Jewish parents in Finchley, North London, are also celebrating their successful application.


Oxford gets biggest ever donation

By Jennifer Lipman, July 12, 2012

A Jewish philanthropist has pledged a landmark £75million for a scholarship programme to help underprivileged students go to Oxford University, in what is being described as the biggest such gift in European history.


Schools Minister awards Etz Chaim top marks

By Jay Grenby, July 5, 2012

Schools Minister Lord Hill has praised the Etz Chaim Jewish Primary in Mill Hill for “providing much-needed primary school places in Barnet”. The minister met staff, governors and pupils as he toured the free school’s temporary premises in Daws Lane and the nearby site for a permanent home.

He sampled ice cream cones and lollies made by the reception class.


Answering the GCSE question

By Geoffrey Alderman, June 29, 2012

"Explain, briefly, why some people are prejudiced against Jews."

Some weeks ago, I devoted this column to the above question, which was included in a GCSE paper on religious studies set recently by the Assessment & Qualifications Alliance (AQA).