Education

Why Ofsted's blitz on strictly Orthodox schools is so damaging

By Chaya Spitz, February 25, 2016

What has changed in independent Charedi schools?

Since 2014, one school after another has been declared by Ofsted to be inadequate. Before 2014, the ratings of Charedi schools covered the full gamut. Some were outstanding, and many had outstanding features. Schools were lauded for pupils' behaviour and diligence, for results, for social and moral consciousness.

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Don't panic - and try not to take it personally

By Rabbi David Meyer, February 25, 2016

For hundreds of anxious parents, the wait will soon be over as they find out whether their child has been offered a place at their preferred secondary school.

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Future of new Jewish secondary school unclear after meeting

By Charlotte Oliver, February 23, 2016

Parents have been left guessing over the future of a proposed new Jewish school, after its backers refused to confirm whether they would be filing their application before next week’s deadline.

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Orthodox school needs to make more improvements, says Ofsted

By Simon Rocker, February 23, 2016

A school run by one of the main Chasidic sects in London which was previously threatened with closure has still not been given the all-clear by inspectors.

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Jewish schools group welcomes government decision on sex education

By Simon Rocker, February 19, 2016

An Orthodox schools group has welcomed the government’s decision not to make sex education a statutory subject.

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Women to get formal education role in shuls

By Simon Rocker, February 18, 2016

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has launched his most significant initiative for women by creating a new qualification for them to serve in Orthodox synagogues.

He is introducing the post of "ma'ayan" to enable women to take up roles both as advisers on Jewish law in the area of family purity and more generally as adult educators.

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Strictly Orthodox school ordered to close after 40 years

By Simon Rocker, February 16, 2016

An unregistered Chasidic school in Hackney, North London where Yiddish is the only spoken language is to close today on the orders of the Department for Education.

Talmud Torah Tashbar, a school for 248 boys from three to 13 which has been operating for 40 years, was told to shut in December after a damning report from Ofsted inspectors three months earlier.

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Charedi schools ‘erased women and Christmas from books’, Ofsted finds

By Simon Rocker, February 16, 2016

Ofsted inspectors have kept up their pressure on Charedi independent schools in Hackney, North London, with three new critical reports published in a week.

They said that pictures of women in one school had been erased, while the word “Christmas” was crossed out in another.

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Schools chief: ‘We hope that if we build, you will come’

By Charlotte Oliver, February 16, 2016

“The time is now” to take a decisive step forward in tackling the growing shortage crisis in places at Jewish schools.

That was the key message conveyed to more than 290 families who congregated at Edgware United Synagogue last Thursday evening to learn more about plans to open a new Jewish secondary school in Barnet.

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Chief Rabbi Mirvis launches new qualification for female educators

By Simon Rocker, February 15, 2016

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has launched his most significant initiative for women by creating a new qualification for them to serve in Orthodox synagogues.

He is introducing the post of “ma’ayan” to enable women to take up roles both as advisers on Jewish law in the area of family purity and more generally as adult educators.

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