Policies prompt a mixed outlook

By Simon Rocker, April 23, 2015

"Inclusive" may seem a welcoming word - but not to Jewish schools. When the Liberal Democrats pledge to introduce "inclusive" admissions policies, they mean that faith schools will no longer be able to give priority to children from their own community.


Failing Chasidic school improves

By Simon Rocker, April 23, 2015

A North London Chasidic boys' school under threat of closure has been reprieved by the Department for Education

Talmud Torah Chaim Meirim Wiznitz, which is run by the Vishnitz Chasidim, had been criticised last year, in particular for failing to meet safety and welfare regulations.


Birmingham marks Yom Hashoah

April 23, 2015

More than 130 people attended the Birmingham and West Midlands Yom Hashoah commemoration held at the King David School. Because of the current situation in the Ukraine, the event focused on the events of the Holocaust there including the massacre at Babi Yar, interspersed with excerpts from Shostakovich's Babi Yar Symphony.


It's all change at Ilford nursery

By Jay Grenby, April 20, 2015

Educational provision at the Wohl Ilford Jewish Primary School nursery has been taken over by an external provider. As of the new term, it is being operated by Little Bicks, which runs Jewish nursery schools in Borehamwood and Mill Hill.


Beis Yaakov improving, says Ofsted

By Simon Rocker, April 16, 2015

A Charedi academy ranked inadequate last year has received encouragement in its efforts to improve.

The state-funded Beis Yaakov High School in Salford was put into special measures after an Ofsted visit seven months ago.


Ofsted inspectors need to be more consistent

By Simon Rocker, April 16, 2015

In less than a year, no fewer than seven Jewish schools have been rated as inadequate by Ofsted — the lowest of the four inspection grades. All but one of the schools is Charedi and most are independent.


We cannot vote, but our opinion matters

By Jordan Freud, April 16, 2015

At 17, I don’t yet have the privilege of voting. But that doesn’t mean I haven’t been caught up in the frenzy of the general election.

Over the past month, I have been on a quest to find out more. I began looking at my own constituency, Finchley and Golders Green, and speaking to the major party candidates. First up was Mike Freer.


Hollywood to make film about former JFS pupil and mental health

By Sandy Rashty, April 16, 2015

Hollywood producers are in talks to make a film about a former JFS boy who tried to commit suicide, it has been revealed.

Jonny Benjamin launched a nationwide search to find the stranger who stopped him jumping off Waterloo Bridge last year.


Planting seeds in schools for family learning

By Charlotte Oliver, April 15, 2015

It is a fear that will strike through the heart of every parent: the day their child comes home with a question they cannot answer.

The risk of this increases around the holidays, when tradition is met with curiosity and the inevitable “why?”


Essex man challenges school fine

By Simon Rocker, April 8, 2015

An Essex man is trying to take his local council to the European Court for Human Rights after being fined for removing his daughter from school during Shavuot.

Paul Clements, from Romford, whose wife is Jewish, was fined £60 by Havering Council after the family went away to Ibiza for five and a half days in term last spring, which included the two days of the festival of Shavuot.