Exam board seeks Board of Deputies' advice after 'prejudice against Jews' GCSE question

By Marcus Dysch, June 14, 2012

An exam board which set a controversial GCSE question asking why some people are prejudiced against Jews has acknowledged the upset caused by the question.

More than 1,000 students sat the AQA Religious Studies paper which asked: “Explain, briefly, why some people are prejudiced against Jews.”

Education Secretary Michael Gove strongly criticised AQA over the question.


Yad Vashem Holocaust museum expands Council of Europe role

By Nathan Jeffay, June 7, 2012

Yad Vashem is to increase its role in European Holocaust education, after signing a major agreement with the Council of Europe.

According to a new memorandum of understanding, Yad Vashem, Israel’s state Holocaust commemoration authority, will promote Holocaust education throughout the council’s 47 member states.


Debate prejudice in class, but not under exam conditions

By Maureen Kendler, June 6, 2012

As a former secondary school religious studies teacher, I would certainly not have liked to have answered - or marked - the recent GCSE paper which asked 16-year-olds to "explain briefly, why some people are prejudiced against the Jews."


It’s the GCSE answers that matter

By Geoffrey Alderman, June 6, 2012

"Explain why some people are prejudiced against Jews."


Satmar boys' primary wins fight against closure

By Jessica Elgot, May 31, 2012

A strictly Orthodox Stamford Hill school has won its battle against closure after Hackney Council ruled that it was operating illegally.


Pardes House Primary wins finance for refurbishment

By Jennifer Lipman, May 31, 2012

An Orthodox boys’ school in Finchley is to receive a makeover after being awarded funding from Education Secretary Michael Gove as part of a £17 billion improvements scheme.


School backs Jew-hate GCSE exam question

By Simon Rocker, May 31, 2012

A Jewish school has defended a controversial GCSE religious studies question on antisemitism that was last week attacked by Education Secretary Michael Gove and the Board of Deputies.


Special needs pupils gain new skills

By Jessica Elgot, May 25, 2012

Special-needs pupils at the strictly Orthodox Side by Side school are learning more than tikkun olam when delivering weekly food parcels to people in need.


Manchester King David Schools new campus officially opens

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 24, 2012

TEL Aviv Chief Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau formally opened Manchester King David Schools’ new campus on Sunday, also helping to bring in tens of thousands of pounds at a fundraiser.

“Education is the most important thing and this is why you must support King David,” Rabbi Lau told an audience of 400, including Bury MP Ivan Lewis.


Failing the test

May 24, 2012

You are a pupil who has been studying hard for your GCSE examinations. Today you face the Religious Studies exam.