Education

Ross will be the boss at Simon Marks Primary

March 3, 2011

The governors' chair of Hackney's Simon Marks Jewish Primary believes new head Gill Ross "can take it to the next level of achievement".

Howard Pallis was delighted by the appointment of Ms Ross, 55, who will take charge in September following the retirement of Norma Blair.

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Nursery parents face extra charges in Herts

By Jay Grenby, March 3, 2011

Parents of children at Hertfordshire Jewish nurseries may be asked for a voluntary contribution towards the cost of services such as kosher meals and security.

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Scots extend aid for Auschwitz project

February 25, 2011

The Scottish government is continuing its support of the Holocaust Educational Trust's Lessons from Auschwitz programme for schools with a £214,000 grant.

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Jewish primary Eden set for Haringey

February 24, 2011

The soon-to-open Jewish primary in Haringey has been renamed to better reflect its ethos.

Eden Primary, formerly Haringey Jewish Primary, has been given the final governmental go-ahead after Education Secretary Michael Gove approved its five-year plan.

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Friday nights will count for Jewish school entry

By Simon Rocker, February 17, 2011

JFS, Yavneh College and King Solomon High School have agreed to alter their entry rules next year to allow Friday night synagogue attendance to count towards proof of religious practice.

Applicants have to go to a certain number of Shabbat services during the year to fulfil admission requirements.

But the policy this year applied only to Saturday morning attendance.

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School battle over autistic boy

By Robyn Rosen, February 17, 2011

A mother of a severely autistic boy has said she feels she has failed him after losing a battle with a council to send him to a top autism school.

Chase Lindsay is the surviving twin of a 23-week premature birth. He weighed just one pound at birth.

He remained on a life support machine for seven months, flat-lined twice and his parents were told he had a one per cent chance of survival.

Now, aged five, he is physically able, but does not speak.

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History in your attic

February 11, 2011

Budding artists and long-forgotten ones will be the subjects of an exhibition of Jewish art and crafts being staged as part of Leeds' celebration of 150 years of Jewish history.

Helen Frais from educational charity Makor, which is co-ordinating the project, is looking for artists to work on the day and pieces made by older generations.

"In the days before iPods, people actually made things - they did embroidery, made Judaica and pottery. We want people to dig around in the attic. They might find something to exhibit. We also want Leeds artists to show their skills."

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Pupils' big game at Arsenal

By Jennifer Lipman, February 10, 2011

Year five pupils from Moriah Primary in Pinner enjoyed a trip to Arsenal's Emirates stadium as part of the club's interfaith education programme.

The Premier League-funded Arsenal for Everyone scheme brought together children from several London schools and a variety of religious backgrounds. Run jointly by Arsenal in the Community and the Islington Faith Forum, the scheme combined sessions about the major world religions with football coaching to encourage teamwork and respect.

Representatives from each religion also addressed pupils on the importance of their faith.

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Alliance was social revolution

By Lyn Julius, February 4, 2011

A Jewish teacher journeys 1,000km from Paris to a remote community in southern Morocco. The boys whom he has come to teach sit on the floor in their djellabas, learning Torah.

This is how Jews were "educated" in Muslim countries until the Alliance Israelite Universelle (AIU), a schools' network founded in 1860 in France, transformed their lives.

In the early days of the AIU, teachers would sometimes build classrooms, provide meals and send for drugs to treat diseases.

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Aaron Porter faces 'antisemitic' abuse at student march

January 31, 2011
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Footage of the National Union of Students (NUS) fees rally in Manchester on January 29, during which NUS president Aaron Porter faced antisemitic abuse.

Mr Porter, who is not Jewish, was led away as protesters chanted “Tory Jew scum”.

The Union of Jewish Students (UJS) has expressed its outrage. In a statement, UJS said: “Legitimate criticism and debate are an important part of NUS, but abuse such as ‘Jew scum’ has no place in our student movement.

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