Education

Hundreds take part in Jewish students' Shropshire weekend

By Sandy Rashty, February 8, 2013

More than 350 university students attended a Genesis Challenge educational programme last weekend.

The event, held at the Condover Hall in Shropshire, was run as a joint learning venture by Aish and the Jewish Learning Exchange.

Events included a performance by comedy hypnotist Ken Webster and talks by JLE’s Rabbi Dr Akiva Tatz and Aish director of schools Rabbi Shlomo Farhi.

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Outrage over school study

By Nathan Jeffay, February 7, 2013

Israel has reacted furiously to a US-funded study that cleared Palestinian textbooks of inciting children against Israel and found that they rarely dehumanise Israelis.

Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad expressed “satisfaction” at the report’s main finding, saying that it “confirms that Palestinian textbooks do not contain any form of blatant incitement”.

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Akiva admissions change 'will not alter Progressive ethos'

By Simon Rocker, February 7, 2013

Governors of Akiva School in Finchley insist that proposed changes to its admissions policy next year will not affect its Progressive ethos.

The oversubscribed Reform day school, which takes in 60 children a year, is also popular with families from the New North London (Masorti) Synagogue, which is based on the same site at the Sternberg Centre for Judaism.

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Hertsmere Primary amends entry rules

By Simon Rocker, February 7, 2013

Hertsmere Jewish Primary School has been forced to change its entry rules for 2014 as a result of a complaint against another Hertfordshire Jewish school, the cross-communal Clore Shalom.

Until now, children attending the HJPS nursery have been given priority for places at reception class in the following year.

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Crisis ‘worse than JFS’ looms

By Miriam Shaviv, February 7, 2013

How fair are entrance criteria to Jewish schools? It's a question that has continually challenged Anglo-Jewry, culminating in the traumatic JFS case.

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Hasmonean is top of DfE class

By Simon Rocker, February 4, 2013

London’s Hasmonean High, recently ranked outstanding by Ofsted inspectors, has again demonstrated its educational prowess as the highest-ranking Jewish school in two categories in this year’s Department for Education performance tables.

Hasmonean had the best “value-added” score, which measures the academic progress children have made at GCSE from their entry into the school.

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Glasgow's Calderwood Lodge 'going in right direction'

By Jennifer Lipman, January 31, 2013

Parents, teachers and councillors have expressed confidence that they will succeed in "fitting a Jewish school into a hole designed for Catholics".

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Kerem head leaves acting behind

January 28, 2013

Acting Kerem Primary head Alyson Burns has been given the headship on a permanent basis.

Miss Burns had served as acting head at the 252-pupil school in Hampstead Garden Suburb from the start of the academic year. She began her teaching career at Whitchurch First School in Stanmore, joining Kerem as deputy head and year four teacher in 2009.

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Yavneh boy gets his wings

By Sandy Rashty, January 28, 2013

A Yavneh College pupil has become one of the youngest people in the UK to receive silver wings from the Royal Air Force.

Scott Michaels, 16, qualified after the instructor on his gliding scholarship offered him a surprise solo flight opportunity for the first time earlier this month. He flew the plane for five miles at 800ft.

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Belgian school’s demise symbol of a Euro disease

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, January 25, 2013

The likely closure, in coming months, of the Maimonides Jewish school in Brussels — as reported earlier this week in the Times of Israel — comes as no surprise to those familiar with the local Jewish community and its vicissitudes.

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