Educating Carlisle

December 18, 2014

Close on 1,000 people, mostly schoolchildren, visited the Carlisle staging of the Board of Deputies' Jewish Living Exhibition at Tullie House Museum.

The exhibition, supported by Carlisle City Council, was opened by Board vice-president Jonathan Arkush, who has a house nearby.

He said it was a key role of the Board "to help non-Jews gain a better understanding of our religion and traditions


Regulator rules King David High School must change admissions policy

By Josh Jackman, December 15, 2014

King David High School in Manchester has become the latest Jewish school to be ordered to change its admissions policy.

The Office of Schools Adjudicator decided on Monday that admissions arrangements for September 2014 and 2015 “do not conform with the requirements,” and must be revised “as quickly as possible”.


Synagogue membership will no longer get your child a school place

By Simon Rocker, December 11, 2014

A Jewish secondary school has been told by a government quango that it can no longer use synagogue membership as one of its requirements for entry.

The Office of the Schools Adjudicator (OSA), which regulates admissions, upheld a complaint against the cross-communal Jewish Community Secondary School (JCoSS) in Barnet, north London.


Boy afraid of school has year off and writes book

By Rosa Doherty, December 11, 2014

A 12-year-old boy who suddenly became so afraid of school that he could not attend for a year has written a book about his experience in the hope it will help others facing the same ordeal.

Joseph Franklin said he loved going to The Academy School, in Hampstead, north London but one day, two years ago, he found he could not face going.

He said: "There was no reason why I didn't want to go.


Praise for Chasidic school

December 11, 2014

An independent Chasidic boys' school in Stamford Hill, north London has passed its inspection with flying colours, showing it is possible to combine an intensive diet of Torah studies while meeting national standards.

Talmud Torah Machzikei Hadass, which is run by Belz Chasidim and teaches 533 boys from three to 16, has been rated good by Ofsted.

Its early years section was ranked outstandin


A free Jewish library to give to your children

By Simon Rocker, December 11, 2014

It is a few days before Chanucah but the children are already devouring latkes, The Golem's Latkes. The illustrated tale of pancake mayhem in old Prague is going down a treat with a class of five and six-year-olds at Michael Sobell Sinai Primary School in Kenton, north-west London.


New rabbi for West London as it ups education

December 11, 2014

West London Synagogue is to put education centre stage when Rabbi Neil Janes becomes an additional member of its rabbinical team. In addition to fulfilling his rabbinical duties, Rabbi Janes will be launching a new adult learning institute, which will be based at the synagogue.

Chairman Jill Todd said: "We are very much looking forward to welcoming Rabbi Neil to our team.


Chasidic school impresses Ofsted

By Simon Rocker, December 8, 2014

An independent Chasidic school in Stamford Hill, north London, has received a glowing report from Ofsted.

Talmud Torah Machzikei Hadass, which is run by the Belz Chasidic group with 533 boys aged from three to 16, was rated good overall.

The behaviour of pupils as well as the schools’ attention to their care and safety was ranked outstanding, as was its early years section.


Schools will not be compelled to teach other faiths

By Simon Rocker, December 4, 2014

The government has made clear that faith schools will not be forced to teach about other religions.

Representatives of Orthodox Jewish schools welcomed the assurances, which came in new guidelines on promoting British values in schools.


The lowdown on British values

December 4, 2014

Why the emphasis on British values?

The government sees the promotion of British values as a defence against religious extremism, specifically the threat of schools acting as breeding-grounds for Islamic militants.