Exam boards threaten to drop Hebrew

By Charlotte Oliver, April 2, 2015

Members of the community are being urged to take exams in Hebrew to save GCSEs and A-levels in the language from being scrapped.

The appeal, from the Board of Deputies, comes after the OCR and AQA exam boards, which offer biblical Hebrew and modern Hebrew respectively, announced that both subjects face being axed in 2017 alongside other "non-traditional" languages.


Another primary school downgraded by Ofsted

By Simon Rocker, April 2, 2015

The headteacher and chairman of governors of Clore Shalom primary in Shenley, Hertfordshire, have said they were disappointed after inspectors downgraded it from a good school to one which "requires improvement".

It is the second time within a week that a state-aided Jewish primary has received a critical report following the demotion of Rosh Pinah in Edgware to inadequate.

In a letter to Cl


Primary project attracts a crowd

By Jay Grenby, April 2, 2015

Yavneh College Trust chair Malcolm Gordon is "hugely encouraged" by the 300 turnout at an information meeting on the school's proposed addition of a primary section on its Borehamwood site.

The plan is to apply for a two-form entry free school with a target opening date of September 2016.


‘We want to give parents the choice’

By Rosa Doherty, April 2, 2015

When two mothers met in the playground two years ago, neither expected that their schoolyard chatter would lead to them launching their own school.

But as parents of children with special educational needs (SEN), Ali Durban and Sarah Sultman found common ground discussing lack of choice in the community for children like theirs. Gesher school was soon born.


Poor Ofsted result due to academic decline, not 'tumultuous past'

By Charlotte Oliver, March 26, 2015

Rosh Pinah's "inadequate" Ofsted result came as "no surprise" given the decline in pupils' achievement data since its previous inspection in 2009, but it is not reflective of the school's current circumstance, according to its chairman of governors.


Get paid to train, offers LSJS

By Charlotte Oliver, March 26, 2015

A new programme offering would-be teachers the chance to be paid to train has been announced by the London School of Jewish Studies (LSJS).

Run by LSJS in partnership with PaJeS and the Jewish Secondary School Consortium (Hasmonean, Immanuel, JFS, King Solomon and Yavneh), the programme will enable those who cannot afford training to become fully qualified Ivrit or Jewish Studies teachers.


Pikuach to give more attention to 'spiritual and religious' learning

By Leon Symons, March 26, 2015

Pikuach, the Jewish schools' inspection service, is about to undergo a significant change in the way it operates. It will be giving much more attention to the Jewish aspects of schools.

The organisation's director, Jeffrey Leader, said: "We have looked at the guidelines for other faiths' inspection units, for example the Anglicans and Methodists.


Driver saves 14 JCoSS pupils as school bus bursts into flames

By Charlotte Oliver, March 23, 2015

A school bus transporting 14 pupils to JCoSS burst into flames early this morning.

The vehicle, which was taking the pupils to the Barnet school from St Albans, was evacuated before the fire took hold. All the passengers escaped unharmed.

The bus caught fire in Radlett at around 7.20am. Witnesses report hearing a loud explosion at the time.


Rosh Pinah branded inadequate by inspectors

By Simon Rocker, March 19, 2015

One of the community’s best-known primary schools, Rosh Pinah in Edgware, has been judged inadequate – the lowest of the four inspection grades – following an Ofsted visit in January.

Pupils were “not working at the levels they should” considering their attainment at reception, inspectors said in a report published this week.


MPs have failed us over the Trojan school affair

By John Ware, March 19, 2015

The recent Education Select Committee's report into last summer's "Trojan Horse" affair must rank as one of the worst any select committee has produced.

It asserts that, save for a single incident, there was "no evidence of extremism or radicalisation" at any of the 16 state schools investigated independently by Peter Clarke, the government appointed Education Commissioner, and Ian Kershaw, Bir