Education

Birmingham school probe finds anti-Israel views

By Simon Rocker, July 22, 2014

An investigation into allegations of Islamist extremism in Birmingham has found that some teachers harboured anti-Israel views.

Education Commissioner Peter Clarke, in a report published today, uncovered no evidence of radicalisation or violent extremism.

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Jewish Interactive: I’m teaching schools to app their game

By Sandy Rashty, July 18, 2014

As a teacher, Chana Kanzen did her best to bring Jewish studies into the modern age.

Frustrated with photocopy hand-outs, worksheets and textbooks, she spent hours designing PowerPoint presentations to mirror the methods used to teach mainstream subjects.

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How a turnaround head gave rising hemlines short shrift

By Simon Rocker, July 17, 2014

The acting head of a troubled high school has wasted no time in stamping his authority.

Paul Doherty, 67, sent 100 girls home because their skirts were too short, at least for King Solomon High School uniforms.

Most returned properly dressed almost immediately but it took a week to get everyone to comply.

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Ofsted rating pleases Sacks Morasha chiefs

July 17, 2014

Sacks Morasha Jewish Primary in Finchley has been rated "good with outstanding features" in its first Ofsted inspection since becoming voluntary-aided in April 2013.

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Missing teenager found in central London

By Sandy Rashty, July 14, 2014

Police have found the Jewish teenager who had been missing since Friday.

Asher Sekenofsky, 15, had not been seen since leaving his home in Edgware, north west London, at 7.30pm on Friday.

He was spotted at around midday today on Tottenham Court Road, central London, by a volunteer for community security group Shomrim.

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Primary school fights Ofsted downgrade

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 14, 2014

Broughton Jewish Primary School is appealing against its latest Ofsted inspection findings, claiming the inspector's report contained inaccuracies which led to a downgrading to "requires improvement".

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Financier Alan Howard gives £5 million to help state students

By Sandy Rashty, July 4, 2014

A British-Jewish financier has donated £5 million to a project that brings private school teachers to state school students.

Alan Howard, the wealthiest hedge-fund manager in the UK who is worth an estimated £1.6 billion, has given the money to the United Learning Partnership Fund. It is believed to be the largest ever single donation to benefit children in state education.

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Is the bell tolling for faith schools?

June 19, 2014

YES says Jonathan Romain

The Birmingham schools so severely criticised by Ofsted were not faith schools, but the exposure of their failings has caused major questions marks to be raised about how faith schools operate.

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Aboard the Trojan bandwagon

By Geoffrey Alderman, June 19, 2014

Sir Michael Wilshaw, Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Schools, recently addressed the nation following his receipt of reports on a number of schools in Birmingham. Although the catchment areas of these schools are overwhelmingly Muslim, they are not "faith" schools, but common-or-garden state - that is, taxpayer-funded - secular schools that happen to serve populations of the Islamic faith.

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School leader confident despite low enrolment

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 19, 2014

The founder of Leeds' first Jewish secondary school is confident about its future, despite anticipating another small intake for its second academic year.

Dan Cohen expects another 10 pupils to join the £3.5 million Leeds Jewish Free School in September after the inaugural intake of nine students, two of them non-Jews.

Although the numbers enrolling are only two-thirds of the school's targe

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