Education

Yavneh Primary given green light for September opening

By Charlotte Oliver, April 20, 2016

Yavneh Primary will definitely open in September with 60 pupils, after signing its funding agreement with the Department for Education.

In a letter written to Hertsmere MP Oliver Dowden, Lord Nash, the parliamentary under Secretary of State for Schools, confirmed the government would be funding the free school, after first approving its formation last September.

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Education watchdog criticises Orthodox school over 'very limited' teaching

By Simon Rocker, April 19, 2016

A Charedi boys' school has been criticised by government inspectors for refusing to teach about evolution or sex and relationships.

Ofsted said Getters Talmud Torah in Stamford Hill, north London, which has 241 pupils aged from three to 13, limited the teaching of secular subjects to between 45 minutes and an hour a day with “no provision for younger years”.

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Numbers up as Leeds free school defies the critics

By Simon Rocker, April 15, 2016

When the Leeds Jewish Free School opened with just eight pupils three years ago, the sceptics were already writing it off.

Articles in the press questioned why the government had pumped £3 million into a school with so few students.

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Ofsted praises primary schools and nurseries

April 14, 2016

King David Primary School has been rated "outstanding" by Ofsted.

The school, which was upgraded from "good", was praised by Ofsted inspectors for its "strong leadership and exemplary teaching".

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Finchley Reform Nursery is 'inadequate'

April 14, 2016

Less successful in its Ofsted inspection was Finchley Reform Synagogue Kindergarten, which dropped from its "outstanding" rating to "inadequate" - the lowest possible rating.

Inspectors said: "Leaders and managers have a poor understanding of their roles and responsibilities to protect the welfare of children. They have not ensured that some committee members are suitably vetted."

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Sinai pupils chop their locks for a good cause

By Charlotte Oliver, April 14, 2016

Samson's strength came from his hair, but four Sinai Jewish Primary School pupils showed how bold and brave they were last week by cutting their hair off for charity.

Anya Berg, 11, Jenna Newgrosh, 11, Jessica Rowley, 8, and Eliana Panas, 8, had their hair cut during school assembly in aid of Zichron Menachem, which makes wigs for children with cancer.

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Reshet head calls for better safeguarding and child protection

By Charlotte Oliver, April 14, 2016

More needs to be done to improve safeguarding and child protection within the community, according to educational group Reshet.

The organisation, which connects more than 2,000 people working in informal Jewish education in the UK, has launched an initiative to "take our community's safeguarding provisions from good to great".

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Is segregation the price Jewish teenagers must pay for a less stressful social life?

By Student Views, April 12, 2016

When I was seventeen, I used to beg to go out on Friday nights. My friends would congregate at one house every week after school, and they’d stay until late, drinking cheap wine bought from the wilfully ignorant man in the corner shop who’d decided they were all eighteen and didn’t ask any more questions. It was an institution for the group.

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Chasidic school takes on government

By Simon Rocker, April 7, 2016

A Chasidic independent school has mounted a legal challenge against an order from the Department for Education restricting it from taking new pupils until standards improve.

Beis Aharon Trust, which runs a school for 347 boys aged from three to 13 in Stamford Hill, north London, is awaiting the outcome of an appeal to the Care Standards Tribunal.

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The wider implications of a Hasmonean move

By Simon Rocker, April 7, 2016

We reported a few weeks ago that the governors of Hasmonean High School in London were considering resurrecting a 50-year plan to move its boys' division in Hendon alongside the girls in Mill Hill. That has now moved forward with an invitation to parents to view an exhibition this month showing what the proposed relocation would look like.

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