Faith lacking in religious studies plan

By Simon Rocker, October 2, 2014

Not for the first time, faith leaders have sounded the alarm over GCSE religious studies.


Teachers shine a light on a new way of life

By Rosa Doherty, October 2, 2014

Pinner Synagogue serves many purposes for its 1,000 members - not least providing a space where its younger congregants can learn about Jewish life. But this year, it welcomed some unexpected faces: young people who are not Jewish.


Dame Vivien Duffield puts £3 million into new art projects across the UK

By Marcus Dysch, October 2, 2014

The foundation supported by leading Jewish philanthropist Dame Vivien Duffield is to support 10 new art projects to celebrate its 50th anniversary.

The Clore Duffield Foundation will back a school art room – its first such project – as well as other educational facilities in museums, galleries and with performing arts groups.


Teacher took indecent images of schoolboys

By Sandy Rashty, October 1, 2014

Police have discovered indecent images of children on the computer of a “respected” deputy headteacher who died last month.

The images of schoolboys undressing in changing rooms were found on the computer of Martin Goldberg, who taught maths at the Thorpe Hall School in Southend for 23 years. It has been suggested that Mr Goldberg is Jewish.


Faiths unite in fury over two-religion GCSE plan

By Stephen Pollard, September 23, 2014

Plans by Education Secretary Nicky Morgan to require GCSE religious studies students to learn about two faiths have been delayed following a row between Mrs Morgan and the Communities Secretary, Eric Pickles.

The reform was due to have been announced this week and trumpeted at next week's Conservative Party conference.


Israel's future leaders hitch a ride to Harrow

By Charlotte Oliver, September 23, 2014

On the surface, Israeli teenagers lead markedly different lives to your average British 17-year-old. The desert heat, the imminent army stint, and the threat of rockets mean their daily experiences differ from A-level revision and nights out in Golders Green.

But an Israeli-based education programme, The Young Ambassador School, aims to challenge misconceptions.


'Overprotective' parenting may stop bullying after all

By Nathan Jeffay, September 23, 2014

Interfere now, reap the thanks later.


Worry for faith schools as Ofsted continues its no-notice inspections

By Charlotte Oliver, September 23, 2014

Concern has been raised among leading figures in Jewish education that faith schools are being unfairly scrutinised, following Ofsted's onslaught of no-notice inspections.

Last week, news of JFS' downgrading was followed by inspectors turning up at three Jewish schools - Yesodey Hatorah, Hackney; Beis Yaakov, Salford; and Bnois Jerusalem, Hackney.


Orthodox keep own curriculum

By Nathan Jeffay, September 23, 2014

Israel's High Court has upheld the right of Charedi schools to ignore the country's national curriculum.

A large number of Charedi schools reduce secular education to the teaching of basic mathematics and a few other subjects, freeing up the bulk of the time for religious subjects.

In 2010, former education minister Amnon Rubinstein, along with other leading educationalists and disgruntled g


Concern over government plan that may force Jewish schools to teach Islam

By Charlotte Oliver, September 21, 2014

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has sparked controversy in Westminster with plans to change the way religion is taught in schools.

Her proposals, reported in the Mail on Sunday, would require every religious studies GCSE student to learn about two religions, rather than just one “world religion” as the course currently stipulates.