Education

Want to speak Mandarin? Easy — just study Hebrew

By Rosa Doherty, February 13, 2014

AT only 17, Ariel Reingold has been named the best non-native Mandarin speaker in the country.

And his secret? He gained the language knack by learning Hebrew for his barmitzvah.

“It’s a very hard language to learn,” he said. “But my Hebrew lessons gave me a greater interest. It gave me a visual idea of how languages could be different.

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Our schools aren't all that bad, Mr Gove

By Simon Round, February 7, 2014

I have some good news for Michael Gove. The Education Secretary has been calling for state secondary schools to provide a standard of education worthy of Winchester or Eton despite the cuts his government has imposed, which means they have to do so so on around £20,000 less per child than the top public schools.

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UK-Israel trade ties start on campus, says Communities Secretary Eric Pickles

By Sandy Rashty, February 7, 2014

After five years of economic dearth, a UK government investment of more than £400 million has been welcomed by business figures and diplomats. What’s more, it is set to boost economic ties between the UK and Israel.

At least £15 million of the £415 million injection will go towards fostering entrepreneurial initiatives in universities across eight UK cities.

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National community survey: We must change our education

By Felix Posen, February 7, 2014

The JPR report showed the deep changes that have affected UK Jewry over the past few decades.

It states that there is a clear growth of the most Orthodox end of the community and, “to an even greater extent, at the secular end”.

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Israeli minister 'snubs' Yavneh College

February 3, 2014

The president of Yavneh College in Borehamwood, Benjamin Perl, has complained to the Israeli embassy that the country’s Education Minister, Shai Piron, did not visit Yavneh, despite going to a nearby non-Jewish technical college during his recent trip to London.

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Why we should resist the pull of Jewish schools

By Karen Glaser, January 31, 2014

Results day is looming large for parents of Year Six children across the land. A month from now, they’ll know if their offspring have got through the door of their first-choice secondary school.
For many, that will be the comprehensive down the road, provided, of course, that the establishment is good, or good enough.

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Ofsted checks on 'missing' schools

By Simon Rocker, January 27, 2014

Hackney Council believes there could be as many as 20 local yeshivot where children are being taught without the necessary state registration.

Under the law, children must be taught in a recognised institution until they are 16, even if it is independent.
But more than 1,000 strictly Orthodox boys from the age of 13 are still thought to be “missing” from the registered system in London.

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Memories of Dena Coleman

January 27, 2014

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis led the tributes to the late founding head of Borehamwood’s Yavneh College, Dr Dena Coleman, at a memorial evening attended by 450 people on Sunday.

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Lesson in scrolls' story

January 27, 2014

The remarkable story of 1,600 Torah scrolls rescued during the Holocaust will be the basis for a schools’ resource.

During the war, the scrolls were brought from every corner of Czechoslovakia to Prague by the Jewish community. They were kept in a disused synagogue in the Prague suburbs until they were purchased by British philanthropist Ralph Yablon 50 years ago.

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Friend’s anorexia inspires campaign

By Sandy Rashty, January 25, 2014

Highgate School pupil Amber Van Dam found it difficult to watch classmate Sophia Parvizi-Wayne battle against anorexia nervosa. But she helped her best friend on the road to recovery and now the 16-year-olds are fronting a campaign to promote mental health awareness within schools.

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