Education

Will George Osborne's academy plans help or harm Jewish schools?

By Charlotte Oliver, March 23, 2016

George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, announced last week that all schools must become academies by 2020, or have official plans in place to do so. This, he argued, would "set schools free" from local council bureaucracy.

But what do the changes mean?

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'Bulge' year at Yavneh

By Charlotte Oliver, March 17, 2016

Yavneh College has announced it will offer an additional 30 places to prospective students by creating a one-off bulge year this September.

The Borehamwood school revealed that its governors had decided to create the additional spaces following a meeting on Tuesday night.

The decision follows another year of the school being heavily oversubscribed in applications.

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Acting for the good

March 17, 2016

Yavneh College deserves the highest praise for acting on the school places shortage while others simply talk. It is all very well holding seminars and meetings to discuss the problem and work out what might happen in two or three years time, but in the here and now someone needed to act.

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Yavneh College to create an extra 30 places for September 2016

By Charlotte Oliver, March 16, 2016

Yavneh College has announced it will offer an additional 30 places to prospective students by creating a one-off bulge year this September.

The Borehamwood school revealed that its governors had decided to create the additional spaces following a meeting on Tuesday night.

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Parents urged to be patient on places

By Charlotte Oliver, March 10, 2016

As families who did not receive any offers in the first round of admissions earlier this month reconciled themselves to more weeks of uncertainty, Jewish primary schools in north-west London said it was still not clear whether they were facing another year to match the scale of last year's places crisis.

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Rosh Pinah scores big in inter-school tournament

By Charlotte Oliver, March 10, 2016

Year Four pupils at Rosh Pinah Primary School showed they were pitch perfect last week when they claimed victory in a football tournament for schools based in west Barnet.

The star strikers won all five of their matches, meaning they will now compete in a tournament of champion schools from across the borough.

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Criticised school looks to turnaround expert

By Simon Rocker, March 10, 2016

Simon Marks Jewish Primary School in Hackney has drafted in a turnaround specialist to improve its fortunes after a critical inspection last spring.

Gareth Thomas, the new interim head, will outline his plans to parents at special meetings next Monday.

Headteacher Gill Ross, who has been absent since January, has stepped down because of ill-health, governors' chair Howard Pallis said.

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Race for secondary school places begins

March 3, 2016

With the first round of secondary school places released this week, the early signs were that a significant number of children failed to secure places at their chosen Jewish schools.

At Rosh Pinah Primary School, in London, 17 of its 54 year six pupils were without a place.

Yavneh College head Spencer Lewis said that the maximum 150 places had been offered from a pool of 541 applicants.

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How to understand '21st Century Teens'

By Charlotte Oliver, March 3, 2016

Young people are different today - let's try to understand them better.

That was the aim of more than 200 educators, who came together on Sunday and Monday to attend "21st Century Teens", the inaugural conference held by recently-launched educational body Reshet.

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JCoSS announces it will retain feeder school system for 2017

By Charlotte Oliver, February 29, 2016

A Jewish secondary school has decided to retain its feeder school system for an extra year, after carrying out a consultation with parents.

JCoSS, in north London, will retain the system for 2017 – albeit with reduced numbers of guaranteed places, it revealed on Monday.

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