Education

Lesson in scrolls' story

January 27, 2014

The remarkable story of 1,600 Torah scrolls rescued during the Holocaust will be the basis for a schools’ resource.

During the war, the scrolls were brought from every corner of Czechoslovakia to Prague by the Jewish community. They were kept in a disused synagogue in the Prague suburbs until they were purchased by British philanthropist Ralph Yablon 50 years ago.

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Friend’s anorexia inspires campaign

By Sandy Rashty, January 25, 2014

Highgate School pupil Amber Van Dam found it difficult to watch classmate Sophia Parvizi-Wayne battle against anorexia nervosa. But she helped her best friend on the road to recovery and now the 16-year-olds are fronting a campaign to promote mental health awareness within schools.

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UK professor condemns academics over boycott

By Simon Rocker, January 10, 2014

A British professor has denounced the American academics who voted for a boycott of Israeli universities as living in a “fantasy world”.

Derby University professor of education Dennis Hayes attacked last month’s move by the American Studies Association, in an article in Spiked, the online libertarian current affairs magazine.

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Teacher takes tough lessons to screen

By Sandy Rashty, January 10, 2014

A Jewish trainee teacher from Glasgow is starring in a new BBC documentary that shows the realities of teaching in London’s schools.

Oliver Beach, 25, features in Tough Young Teachers, which starts on BBC Three this week.

The Birmingham University graduate teaches business studies at Crown Woods College in Eltham, south-east London.

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Smile's better at Fed club

January 6, 2014

An after-school club is being launched by The Fed for children with additional needs at The Hershel Weiss Children’s Centre, Salford.

The free club, which will be held on Wednesdays, will be staffed by family support workers from The Fed’s Project Smile team and is aimed at five to 12-year-old Jewish children who have a diagnosed disability.

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Outreach groups press for Orthodox unity

By Simon Rocker, January 2, 2014

Around 100 Orthodox rabbis from across the country are expected to gather at a conference at the weekend convened at short notice by leading outreach organisations.

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Calderwood transfer plan moves closer

By Adam Henderson, December 23, 2013

Plans to relocate Scotland’s only Jewish school have taken a step forward as a majority of the 60 parents at a meeting gave the idea their approval.

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Israel visit is dream come true for Michael Gove

By Marcus Dysch, December 20, 2013

Education Secretary Michael Gove said he had fulfilled a long-held ambition after visiting Israel for the first time.

During the trip, which took place last week, he signed a deal with Israeli counterparts to strengthen education links, a move he said was evidence of the increasingly strong bilateral relationship.

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Jewish primary schools top league tables

By Sandy Rashty and Jonathan Kalmus, December 19, 2013

Jewish primary schools scored highly in the Department for Education’s annual league tables.

The top five Jewish schools, calculated by average points scored, were: North Cheshire Jewish Primary, which ranked among the top 20 primaries in the country based on SATs exams of pupils, the Independent Jewish Day School, Akiva, Manchester’s King David and Liverpool’s King David.

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New London chair for Sacks

By Simon Rocker, December 9, 2013

Emeritus Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks has been given another academic post with his appointment as Professor of Law, Ethics and Bible at King’s College, London.

Since his retirement as Chief Rabbi, he has taken on visiting posts at Yeshiva and New York Universities in the United States.

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