Education

School texts say 'God curses Jews'

By Simon Rocker, November 26, 2010

Education Secretary Michael Gove is exploring how to regulate weekend religious schools as evidence emerged this week that antisemitic material is being taught in Saudi-linked classes in the UK.

Children are being asked to list the "reprehensible qualities" of Jews in a network of more than 40 supplementary schools, according to an edition of BBC1's Panorama broadcast on Monday.

They learn that Jews are "cursed by God" and look like "monkeys and pigs" from textbooks published by Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Education.

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School excels

November 25, 2010

Manchester's King David High has been recognised as one of the top state-funded comprehensives in the country.

A Parent Power league table in the Sunday Times ranked the school 90th. However, all but four of the top 90 schools are selective grammar schools, which admit only those with the highest academic attainment.

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Antisemitic material taught at Islamic schools

By Jennifer Lipman, November 22, 2010

A BBC investigation has revealed that Britain’s Islamic schools are teaching pupils antisemitic information from a Saudi Arabian textbook.

According to a Panorama report, 5,000 children as young as age six are being taught from the official Saudi national curriculum, which includes among its lessons a list of the "reprehensible" qualities of the Jews.

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King David says goodbye to building

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 18, 2010

A nostalgic farewell to Manchester Kind David's decommissioned building was held on Sunday.

The building is to be demolished after King David students and staff move next week to the school's £25 million campus, built as part of the government's Schools for the Future fund.

Almost 200 former pupils and past and current staff enjoyed a traditional school dinner of fish and chips with mushy peas and gravy. The fundraising event also included an eBay-style auction of old school furniture.

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School staying open after going into liquidation

By Jessica Elgot, November 18, 2010

The Menorah Grammar School for Orthodox boys in Edgware has gone into liquidation for the second time in less than two years. But the 150-pupil school will remain open.

Former governor Stephen Goldberg said on Wednesday that the latest liquidation was the result of the school's new governors wanting to go through a "restructuring process.

"This was the method the new board decided to adopt. Times are hard and parents must be urged to pay their fees as much as possible, but we are still up and running with pupils."

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Immanuel perpare for new school

November 18, 2010

Immanuel College has announced the first major appointment to its preparatory school, which will take in its initial 40 pupils in September 2011.

Natasha Fisher will move from a job in the junior department of South Hampstead High to become head of reception and year one. She previously taught at the Mathilda Marks Kennedy and Hasmonean primaries.

Ms Fisher said her challenge was to ensure that the "early years live up to the glowing reputation that the school has built for itself".

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Home found for Haringey free school

By Robyn Rosen, November 18, 2010

The location has been revealed for Haringey Jewish Primary, one of the new government-funded free schools which is set to open next September.

Peter Kessler, joint project leader, told a meeting of 200 parents that the school would be in Creighton Avenue, Muswell Hill, next to the well-regarded Fortismere secondary. He hoped it could share some Fortismere facilities.

"It will be a completely new building which is not the case for many of the new free schools," he said. "If approved, the government will fund it, which is an amazing opportunity."

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Even with shrapnel, Israeli kids are freer

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 4, 2010

Israeli schoolchildren, even those on the war-blighted Lebanese border, have greater freedom to learn through exploration and play than their "over risk-assessed" British counterparts, according to a Jewish primary school headteacher.

Leeds Brodetsky Primary School head Jeremy Dunford, returning from his first visit to Israel, said he had found that Israeli pupils were able to use school equipment with far less adult supervision, and greater success, while British children were less likely to learn how to cope with risk as a result of strict UK health and safety laws.

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Jewish nursery opens in Edgware

November 4, 2010

A new Jewish nursery school is opening in Edgware this month.

In premises next to Edgware Synagogue, Gan Ilanot will provide full-time day care for 15 children from one-year-old up to school age. Six places are already taken.

Former Moriah Day School Jewish studies teacher Jonthan Greenberg is the Gan Ilanot head, whose duties will extend to preparing the hot kosher lunches. Two qualified nursery teachers have also been appointed.

Mr Greenberg, 34, began planning the nursery nearly 18 months ago. He hopes to add a sensory garden in the near future.

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£300K push for Moroccan members

By Katie Taylor, November 4, 2010

Leaders of the Jacob Benjamin Elias Synagogue in Stamford Hill hope a £300,000 extension will be finished in January and will improve dining, educational and social facilities for the Sephardi community.

Shul president Barook Abraham said: "Our congregation consists mainly of Iraqi Jews with some Syrian and Persian Jews. We want to extend links to Asian and Moroccan Jews. By having more activities in shul, we hope to establish a more integrated community."

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