Students scrap motion claiming campus antisemitism is exaggerated

By Sandy Rashty, September 17, 2014

The National Union of Students (NUS) has scrapped a motion that claimed reports of rising antisemitism on campus had been exaggerated in the wake of Operation Protective Edge.

In a meeting on Wednesday, the NUS national executive committee agreed to withdraw the controversial proposal after lobbying from the Union of Jewish Students (UJS).


Ofsted swoops on more Jewish schools

By Simon Rocker, September 16, 2014

Following last week’s shock inspection report, downgrading JFS from an outstanding school to one requiring improvement, two more state-aided Jewish schools have been the subject of unannounced visits from Ofsted.

Inspectors swooped today on Beis Yaakov, a strictly Orthodox girls high school in Salford.


JFS loses 'Outstanding' status

By Charlotte Oliver, September 12, 2014

JFS has been downgraded from an “outstanding” school to a “school that requires improvement”, following an unannounced Ofsted inspection two months ago.


Challenge to school’s entry rules

By Simon Rocker, September 11, 2014

Representatives of King David High School, Manchester, are to meet officials from the watchdog that oversees schools admissions next week after a challenge to its entry rules.

The Orthodox school is one of around 50 schools from different faiths whose rules have been questioned by the Fair Admissions Campaign.


Bushey is Aleph's base for young learning

September 11, 2014

Tribe's Bushey Synagogue-based Aleph Learning Centre NW opened with an attendance of over 70 children from north London and Hertfordshire communities.


Fresh approach to learning in Leeds

By John Fisher, September 11, 2014

Leeds Talmud Torah is no more. But on Sunday, the local community was given a taster of the activities of its successor at The Zone youth club.

Zone.Ed is a new educational provision for primary school children, fronted by Beth Hamidrash Hagadol Synagogue's Rabbi Jason Kleiman.


One giant leap for Elias at Kisharon Day School

By Sophie Lipton, September 11, 2014

Whenever Elias Castleton sees the school bus approaching to take him to Kisharon Day School, he is “the most excitable boy in the world”, according to his mother, Emma Castleton.

Elias, 10, from Stanmore, has a rare disorder called Mowat-Wilson syndrome. He is severely disabled with little speech, and is unable to walk independently.


New pledge for children with special needs

By Charlotte Oliver, September 11, 2014

September may mark a fresh start for all schoolchildren, but this year’s biggest change comes for pupils with special educational needs (SEN).

Heralded by the government as a “landmark moment”, the change comes thanks to a pack of newly launched reforms that claim to integrate a child’s education and health needs for the first time in 30 years.


Yachad's Hannah Weisfeld on educating from the grassroots

By Daniel Easterman, September 5, 2014

Hannah Weisfeld turned her back on Middle East politics after studying at Sussex University.

Such was the emotive nature of the Israel-Palestinian debate on campus during the Second Intifada.

“I put the whole thing to bed. I didn’t want to be involved in the debate anymore,” she said.


How to cope with the back-to-school blues

By Nikki Teper, September 5, 2014

After the school holidays, with changes to routine and later bedtimes, the return to school may be causing some anxiety.

Parents worry as their child moves from the familiarity of home or nursery to primary school. Some feel that they are losing their “baby” as they enter full-time education, while others fear their child is finding it hard to cope with the full school day.