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.


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".


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.


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.


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.


Top British students recuited by Israeli academy

By Sandy Rashty, January 25, 2013

An Israeli academy, co-funded by the Israel government and Jewish Agency, has opened its doors to British students looking to complete their secondary education in Israel.

High-achieving British students are now being recruited for the Naale Elite Academy, which has four separate streams, and will take the Israeli matriculation exams (bagrut) after completing their GCSEs in the UK.


New Zealand grave vandal offered an education

By Dan Goldberg, January 24, 2013

The Jewish community in New Zealand has offered an olive branch to a vandal who pleaded guilty to desecrating a Jewish cemetery last year.

Geoff Levy, the chair of the New Zealand Jewish Council, told the JC this week that financial assistance had been tentatively offered to Robert Moulden to help him pursue a university degree in engineering.


Survey to show future demand for school places

By Simon Rocker, January 24, 2013

Parents with children at Jewish primary schools in London will be asked to take part in a survey to help gauge future demand.

Commissioned by Partnerships for Jewish Schools (Pajes), the survey is designed to find out what proportion of places are likely to go to siblings of current pupils.


Leo Baeck cuts back on services

By Simon Rocker, January 21, 2013

Leo Baeck College is looking to streamline services and focus on its core work of training of rabbis and educators.

The streamlining follows a review by the Progressive rabbinic academy, which has resulted in the closure of some of its educational consultancy services.


Teachers encouraged to join unions to combat anti-Israel rhetoric

By Jennifer Lipman, January 18, 2013

The Board of Deputies and Jewish Leadership Council are backing a drive to encourage Jewish teachers to join or return to unions after years of disillusion, particularly over rhetoric on Israel.