Education

Special needs school warned: Raise £3.5m or give up free site

By Jessica Elgot, June 28, 2012

Hackney special-needs school Side by Side faces a race against time to take up a gift of land worth £1.5 million from a strictly Orthodox housing charity.

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Ofsted rates Wimbledon nursery 'outstanding'

June 28, 2012

South London’s only Jewish nursery, the Wimbledon Synagogue-based Apples and Honey, has been rated outstanding by Ofsted inspectors.

Ofsted described the nursery as “outstanding in meeting the needs of children. There are meticulous procedures in place to ensure that all children are treated as individuals [and] whose care and education is of paramount importance.”

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Educator wins major award

June 28, 2012

UJIA research director Dr Helena Miller has received the Max M Fisher Prize for Jewish education in the diaspora at a Jerusalem ceremony.

Dr Miller played a prominent role in the creation of cross-communal Barnet secondary school, JCoSS.

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New Seinfeld episode is all about pupils and Fairtrade

June 21, 2012

Jerry Seinfeld has rewarded children from Finchley’s Akiva Primary for their supporting role for Fairtrade.

The pupil council ran a contest promoting the purchase of Fairtrade items.

A parent who met the comedian told him about the initiative and Mr Seinfeld was so impressed that he arranged for Ben & Jerry’s ice cream to be delivered to the school when the winning class was announced.

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South London primary organisers discuss way forward

June 21, 2012

Supporters of the South London Jewish Primary free school project considered the practicalities of the pluralist school model at a workshop at Richmond Synagogue.

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Cambridge college appoints first Jewish Master

June 21, 2012

V Professor Sir Alan Fersht will be the first Jewish Master of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, when he takes office on October 1.
A leading chemist and microbiologist, Sir Alan was knighted in 2003 for his work on proteins. He will continue his scientific work in parallel with his Mastership.

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Yavneh college pupil's link to Shoah victim

By Marcus Dysch, June 21, 2012

A Borehamwood batmitzvah girl and her family turned her simchah into a moving memorial to a 10-year-old Holocaust victim.

Yavneh College pupil Leah Stepsky had asked her teachers to replicate an Israeli scheme which links bar- and batmitzvah students with young Holocaust victims through birth dates.

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Opponents of Etz Chaim school site launch new legal fight

By Jay Grenby, June 15, 2012

Campaigners opposing the location of the permanent Mill Hill premises for the Etz Chaim Jewish Primary have applied once again for a judicial review of Barnet Council’s planning consent.

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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.

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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.

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