Board’s fears over new religious studies GCSE

By Simon Rocker, December 31, 2014

A-level Jewish studies is too much influenced by non-Orthodox or Christian perspectives, the Board of Deputies has told the government.

Some Orthodox schools also remain strongly opposed to changes that would make it compulsory to teach at least two faiths for religious studies at GCSE.


New Year Honours for Esther Rantzen, Joan Collins and Lord Young

By Sandy Rashty, December 30, 2014

A Hollywood actress, a television personality, a rabbi and at least two jewellers were among the 1,164 people who were recognised in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list, which was released this week.

TV presenter Esther Rantzen, who has described her Jewishness as a “central part of my identity”, was made a Dame.


More entry rules trouble for schools

By Simon Rocker, December 23, 2014

Yet another Jewish school has been forced to tear up its entry policy after the government’s regulator ruled it unacceptable.

The Office of the Schools Adjudicator (OSA) has now ordered the Hasmonean High School in London to make changes, just days after its decision against the King David High School in Manchester.


School ‘could do better’

By Simon Rocker, December 23, 2014

An independent Sephardi school in London has received a critical inspection report despite pupils recording “significantly above average results” in English and maths.

Ofsted said that the Nancy Reuben Primary School in Hendon requires improvement because children made inconsistent progress and the quality of teaching needed to be better monitored.


Educating the elders at grandparents' day

By Rosa Doherty, December 23, 2014

When North West London Jewish Day School held its annual grandparents’ day last Friday, some even crossed the sea to be there.

In recent years, the Willesden primary school has welcomed a large number of children from French families who have settled in the UK.


A class of their own

By Rosa Doherty, December 18, 2014

Jewish primary schools have excelled in national tests this year, with four achieving perfect scores and a strictly Orthodox boys' school making one of biggest year-on-year improvements ever recorded.


Educating Carlisle

December 18, 2014

Close on 1,000 people, mostly schoolchildren, visited the Carlisle staging of the Board of Deputies' Jewish Living Exhibition at Tullie House Museum.

The exhibition, supported by Carlisle City Council, was opened by Board vice-president Jonathan Arkush, who has a house nearby.

He said it was a key role of the Board "to help non-Jews gain a better understanding of our religion and traditions


Regulator rules King David High School must change admissions policy

By Josh Jackman, December 15, 2014

King David High School in Manchester has become the latest Jewish school to be ordered to change its admissions policy.

The Office of Schools Adjudicator decided on Monday that admissions arrangements for September 2014 and 2015 “do not conform with the requirements,” and must be revised “as quickly as possible”.


Synagogue membership will no longer get your child a school place

By Simon Rocker, December 11, 2014

A Jewish secondary school has been told by a government quango that it can no longer use synagogue membership as one of its requirements for entry.

The Office of the Schools Adjudicator (OSA), which regulates admissions, upheld a complaint against the cross-communal Jewish Community Secondary School (JCoSS) in Barnet, north London.


Boy afraid of school has year off and writes book

By Rosa Doherty, December 11, 2014

A 12-year-old boy who suddenly became so afraid of school that he could not attend for a year has written a book about his experience in the hope it will help others facing the same ordeal.

Joseph Franklin said he loved going to The Academy School, in Hampstead, north London but one day, two years ago, he found he could not face going.

He said: "There was no reason why I didn't want to go.