Education

Plan emerges for second new free school

By Simon Rocker, February 11, 2016

The push to secure enough Jewish secondary school places in north-west London gathered pace this week as a second group revealed its ambition to launch a new school.

It follows last week's announcement that a private trust plans to open a Jewish free school, Kedem High, in the borough of Barnet next year.

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Orthodox school criticised by inspectors for not preparing pupils for life in modern Britain

By Simon Rocker, February 5, 2016

Teachers at a Chasidic school painted over pictures of women in short-sleeved shirts because of religious sensitivities, inspectors have reported.

Talmud Torah Toldos Yaakov Yosef, an independent school for boys aged from 2 to 12 in Hackney, north London was criticised for failing to prepare pupils for “life in modern Britain”.

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School dinner goes down badly with parent of prospective pupil

By Simon Rocker, February 4, 2016

North West London Jewish Day School has defended inviting parents who have applied for places for their children this year to a fundraising dinner.

One father said it was "inappropriate" for the state-aided Willesden primary to ask parents to the event while decisions on the offer of places for this autumn were pending.

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Refugee's story becomes school computer game

By Charlotte Oliver, February 4, 2016

A refugee whose family made a perilous journey across eastern Europe to escape the Nazis has seen her life transformed into an educational computer game.

Students from Glasgow Caledonian University have teamed up with Gathering the Voices, an organisation that collects the stories of survivors who settled in Scotland, to design the game, which is based on the life of Marion Camrass.

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Schools crisis: is this the answer?

By Simon Rocker, February 4, 2016

The map of Jewish education in London is facing its most radical change in more than a decade, with plans to open one new state-aided Jewish secondary school and to relocate another.

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School textbook under fire for 'ideological slant'

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 4, 2016

A new civics studies textbook for high schools has become the latest front in Israel's culture wars.

It has been five years in the making, and is the only textbook on the national curriculum for the matriculation exams that all schools - secular and religious, Jewish and Arab - have to use.

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School defies DfE by continuing to expand

By Simon Rocker, February 4, 2016

An Orthodox girls school in Hackney has continued to expand, despite being refused permission to take more pupils by the Department for Education.

The independent Bnois Jerusalem school in Hackney has 839 girls aged three to 16, although it is registered for 658, according to a new report by the inspection service Ofsted.

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'We are responding to a crisis,' says the man behind new high school plan

By Charlotte Oliver, February 4, 2016

Plans to create a new state-aided Orthodox Jewish secondary school in Barnet have been set in motion as a reaction to the community's "significant shortage in places," its founder has said.

Andrew Rotenberg, chairman of Rosh Pinah Jewish Primary in Edgware, announced his proposal to launch Kedem High School this week, alongside Rosh Pinah's principal, Rabbi David Lister.

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A vital change, but prepare for a bumpy ride

By Simon Rocker, February 4, 2016

For many parents, the proposed new Kedem secondary school cannot come a moment too soon. They want to avoid any repeat of last year's situation when a number of families could not send their child to a Jewish secondary school in north-west London.

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This will rock the school status quo

By Simon Rocker, February 4, 2016

For most people, this week's publication of the plans by Kedem High School's backers came out of the blue.

The response from the establishment - the Office of the Chief Rabbi and the Partnerships for Jewish Schools (Pajes), an arm of the Jewish Leadership Council - has been far from blank-cheque support.

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