Race for secondary school places begins

March 3, 2016

With the first round of secondary school places released this week, the early signs were that a significant number of children failed to secure places at their chosen Jewish schools.

At Rosh Pinah Primary School, in London, 17 of its 54 year six pupils were without a place.

Yavneh College head Spencer Lewis said that the maximum 150 places had been offered from a pool of 541 applicants.


How to understand '21st Century Teens'

By Charlotte Oliver, March 3, 2016

Young people are different today - let's try to understand them better.

That was the aim of more than 200 educators, who came together on Sunday and Monday to attend "21st Century Teens", the inaugural conference held by recently-launched educational body Reshet.


JCoSS announces it will retain feeder school system for 2017

By Charlotte Oliver, February 29, 2016

A Jewish secondary school has decided to retain its feeder school system for an extra year, after carrying out a consultation with parents.

JCoSS, in north London, will retain the system for 2017 – albeit with reduced numbers of guaranteed places, it revealed on Monday.


ORT UK announces new chief executive

By JC Reporter, February 26, 2016

ORT UK, the British arm of the world’s largest Jewish education charity ORT, has appointed Adam Overlander-Kaye as its new chief executive

He will take up the post in April, succeeding Dan Green, who was promoted recently to the role of chief operating officer of World ORT.


Yavneh College decides to drop feeder school system

By Charlotte Oliver, February 25, 2016

Yavneh College will officially drop its feeder school system in September 2017, it has been announced.

The Borehamwood school released its new admissions criteria on Thursday, after spending the last month analysing responses it received during its six-week consultation.


Teaching religious educators new tricks at GCSE conference

By Charlotte Oliver, February 25, 2016

The room was rife with worry as talk turned to securing those all-important pass marks at GCSE. But rather than school pupils, the crowd was filled with religious education teachers.

On Monday, the Board of Deputies, together with Pajes, sought to ease concerns by gathering more than 90 teachers from across the country at the Western Marble Arch Synagogue in central London.


Why Ofsted's blitz on strictly Orthodox schools is so damaging

By Chaya Spitz, February 25, 2016

What has changed in independent Charedi schools?

Since 2014, one school after another has been declared by Ofsted to be inadequate. Before 2014, the ratings of Charedi schools covered the full gamut. Some were outstanding, and many had outstanding features. Schools were lauded for pupils' behaviour and diligence, for results, for social and moral consciousness.


Don't panic - and try not to take it personally

By Rabbi David Meyer, February 25, 2016

For hundreds of anxious parents, the wait will soon be over as they find out whether their child has been offered a place at their preferred secondary school.


Future of new Jewish secondary school unclear after meeting

By Charlotte Oliver, February 23, 2016

Parents have been left guessing over the future of a proposed new Jewish school, after its backers refused to confirm whether they would be filing their application before next week’s deadline.


Orthodox school needs to make more improvements, says Ofsted

By Simon Rocker, February 23, 2016

A school run by one of the main Chasidic sects in London which was previously threatened with closure has still not been given the all-clear by inspectors.