Education

Is the bell tolling for faith schools?

June 19, 2014

YES says Jonathan Romain

The Birmingham schools so severely criticised by Ofsted were not faith schools, but the exposure of their failings has caused major questions marks to be raised about how faith schools operate.

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Aboard the Trojan bandwagon

By Geoffrey Alderman, June 19, 2014

Sir Michael Wilshaw, Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Schools, recently addressed the nation following his receipt of reports on a number of schools in Birmingham. Although the catchment areas of these schools are overwhelmingly Muslim, they are not "faith" schools, but common-or-garden state - that is, taxpayer-funded - secular schools that happen to serve populations of the Islamic faith.

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School leader confident despite low enrolment

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 19, 2014

The founder of Leeds' first Jewish secondary school is confident about its future, despite anticipating another small intake for its second academic year.

Dan Cohen expects another 10 pupils to join the £3.5 million Leeds Jewish Free School in September after the inaugural intake of nine students, two of them non-Jews.

Although the numbers enrolling are only two-thirds of the school's targe

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Hendon school forced to end priority admissions

By Simon Rocker, June 19, 2014

Another Jewish primary school has been forced to change its entry rules after being told it can no longer give priority for reception class places to children in its nursery.

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Are Charedi schools extremist?

By Simon Rocker, June 12, 2014

After the government's inquiry into alleged Islamist extremism in Birmingham schools, Jewish educators will be keeping a close watch on what Ofsted does next. Will the inspection service seek to counter religious sectarianism more widely?

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A haven for troubled teens: The team getting our 'Lost Boys' back in business

By Marcus Dysch, June 12, 2014

The centre's unmarked entrance seems fitting - the project inside is one of the Jewish community's hidden treasures.

Despite being based in the centre of Hendon, north-west London, the Boys Clubhouse is largely unknown within Anglo-Jewry. Yet its essential work gives hundreds of young Jewish men a new start in life.

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Rabbi Naftali Schiff: Aish UK's wonderwall

By Sandy Rashty, June 12, 2014

The executive director of Aish UK is running on just three hours sleep.

Rabbi Naftali Schiff had left his office at 4.30am - hours before we met - to prepare for the Jewish education charity's first major fundraiser in a decade.

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Praise for Lubavitch primary

By Simon Rocker, June 9, 2014

The Lubavitch Boys’ Primary School in Stamford Hill has been praised for its Jewish studies, including its use of information technology in the subject.

Pikuach, the Jewish inspection service overseen by the Board of the Deputies, gave the state-aided school a “good” rating for its religious teaching.

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King David pupils make a meal of helping out

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 9, 2014

A fundraising drive by Manchester King David pupils has raised enough to provide lunch for a year for 150 impoverished Israeli children.

Year nine pupils in Israel last week as part of the school’s annual visit also helped the Leket charity to distribute some of the food they have sponsored.

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Mirvis welcomes modern app-roach to learning

By Sandy Rashty, June 2, 2014

Jewish education must not be forced down children’s throats, Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis told Jewish Interactive supporters at the charity’s annual dinner.

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