GCSE move will 'confuse' pupils over their beliefs

By Simon Rocker, January 8, 2015

Jewish pupils could become confused about their beliefs if they are forced to study faiths other than their own at GCSE, according to the National Association of Orthodox Jewish Schools (Najos).

Many Jewish schools have suggested they would drop GSCE religious studies if the government introduces the compulsory teaching of at least two faiths, Najos told the Department for Education.



School's out as the water goes off

By Josh Jackman, January 8, 2015

Liverpool King David students enjoyed an extended winter holiday when a problem with the water supply forced the closure of the campus on Monday and Tuesday.

When the issue was discovered on Monday morning, parents of primary pupils were asked to collect their children.


Islamist website hackers target Yorkshire school and church

By Josh Jackman, January 6, 2015

A computer virus created by Islamist hackers has attacked the websites of a school and a church with anti-Israel messages.

Sowerby Primary School and The Danish Seamen's Church, both in Yorkshire, had their sites replaced with an image of defaced Israel and American flags, accompanied by text from a group calling itself X-saad.


JFS praised by inspectors for Jewish studies

By Simon Rocker, January 6, 2015

JFS, the country’s largest Jewish school, has been praised for the quality of its Jewish education by Pikuach, the Board of Deputies-run inspection service.

A report published today said that the school’s Jewish studies was good overall, with a number of outstanding features.


East End historian Bill Fishman dies

By Sandy Rashty, December 31, 2014

A British-Jewish academic who spent his career telling the stories of marginalised communities in London’s East End in the 19th and 20th centuries, has died aged 93.


Board’s fears over new religious studies GCSE

By Simon Rocker, December 31, 2014

A-level Jewish studies is too much influenced by non-Orthodox or Christian perspectives, the Board of Deputies has told the government.

Some Orthodox schools also remain strongly opposed to changes that would make it compulsory to teach at least two faiths for religious studies at GCSE.


New Year Honours for Esther Rantzen, Joan Collins and Lord Young

By Sandy Rashty, December 30, 2014

A Hollywood actress, a television personality, a rabbi and at least two jewellers were among the 1,164 people who were recognised in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list, which was released this week.

TV presenter Esther Rantzen, who has described her Jewishness as a “central part of my identity”, was made a Dame.


More entry rules trouble for schools

By Simon Rocker, December 23, 2014

Yet another Jewish school has been forced to tear up its entry policy after the government’s regulator ruled it unacceptable.

The Office of the Schools Adjudicator (OSA) has now ordered the Hasmonean High School in London to make changes, just days after its decision against the King David High School in Manchester.


School ‘could do better’

By Simon Rocker, December 23, 2014

An independent Sephardi school in London has received a critical inspection report despite pupils recording “significantly above average results” in English and maths.

Ofsted said that the Nancy Reuben Primary School in Hendon requires improvement because children made inconsistent progress and the quality of teaching needed to be better monitored.


Educating the elders at grandparents' day

By Rosa Doherty, December 23, 2014

When North West London Jewish Day School held its annual grandparents’ day last Friday, some even crossed the sea to be there.

In recent years, the Willesden primary school has welcomed a large number of children from French families who have settled in the UK.