Education

Gove criticised as DfE rejects Leeds school plan

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 29, 2011

Leeds politicians have criticised the "bizarre" rejection of a local Jewish free school proposal by the Department for Education and are making their dismay known to Education Secretary Michael Gove.

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Ben Uri getting artful with schools' project

By Jessica Elgot, July 28, 2011

Schools across the country could soon be using a Ben Uri art workshop trialled by pupils at a Euston primary last week.

Year two pupils at Richard Cobden School took part in a three-day workshop exploring movement based on paintings from the gallery's collection.

They studied Racehorses by David Bomberg, a drawing that reduces horses and riders to geometric shapes, and a pencil and chalk dra

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Board dismayed by EBacc exclusion of religious studies

By Simon Rocker, July 28, 2011

The Board of Deputies is disappointed at the government's decision not to include religious studies as part of English Baccalaureate, or EBacc, its new performance measure for schools.

To qualify, pupils must gain GCSEs in five specified subjects - maths, English, science, geography or history and a foreign language.

The Board had joined religious and education organisations in lobbying for

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Mill Hill primary wins site battle

By Robyn Rosen, July 28, 2011

Planning permission has been granted for the Etz Chaim Jewish Primary in Mill Hill despite vociferous local opposition.

The one-form entry primary - one of the government's first free schools - will accept nursery and reception pupils in the autumn.

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King David bids farewell to old school

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 22, 2011

Pupils paid a fond and fun farewell to the King David schools campus on their last day before its demolition to make way for playing fields adjoining KD's new £25 million premises opening in September.

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Write stuff at Yavneh

By Jay Grenby, July 21, 2011

Yavneh College in Borehamwood is urging parents and other supporters to write to Hertsmere Borough Council backing its planning application for a two-form primary section to open next year.

Governors' chair Sue Nyman said that although much had been done to iron out potential problems, "it is still too early to know whether we will be successful in achieving this deadline".

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In Israel, state is fighting Charedim for control of the next generation

By Nathan Jeffay, July 21, 2011

It is the kind of fighting talk that you usually hear when there is a move to permit the public sale of bread on Passover or to open a new shopping centre or parking lot on Shabbat. But there is no religious transgression at stake in the latest battle that Charedi leaders are fighting.

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Sinai asked to take non-Jewish pupil

By Simon Rocker, July 21, 2011

Concern is growing that there may now be too many Jewish primary school places in London, leading schools to take non-Jewish pupils in future.

Britain's largest Jewish primary school, Sinai in Kenton, which is usually oversubscribed, has been asked by its local authority to take one non-Jewish child in autumn - although it is not known if the child will accept the place.

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Langdon goes shopping for advancement

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 15, 2011

A funding freeze for special needs education has prompted Manchester's Langdon College to open its first charity shop to expand opportunities for students.

The move comes as the college prepares for an increase to 23 students after its September intake.

Plans for the shop were announced to civic dignitaries and parents at an open evening in Radcliffe yesterday.

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A quarter of tour-goers need cash support

By Jennifer Lipman, July 14, 2011

One-in-four of the 1,600 British and Irish teenagers joining Israel tours over the summer months are receiving financial support up to a full bursary from UJIA.

The charity has spent more than £215,000 to enable around 400 young people to experience a tour whose families could otherwise not afford the cost.

A UJIA spokesperson revealed that more than half the participants in some tour group

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