Education

Failing the test

May 24, 2012

You are a pupil who has been studying hard for your GCSE examinations. Today you face the Religious Studies exam.

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Ilford Jewish Primary shares site with Hindus

By Cathy Forman, May 24, 2012

Ilford Jewish Primary staff and pupils will be sharing their Barkingside site with a school for Hindu children.

The Avanti Court Primary is set to open in September. As construction work on the new IJPS building at the nearby King Solomon campus will take at least a year, the primaries will share some facilities.

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GCSE question asks "why do some people hate Jews?"

By Simon Rocker, May 24, 2012

Education Secretary Michael Gove has strongly criticised an exam board over a GCSE religious studies question in which pupils were asked: “Explain, briefly, why some people are prejudiced against Jews.”

Last Thursday more than 1,000 students — including pupils at JFS — sat the paper, which was set by one of the three major English exam boards, AQA.

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Herts rejects Yavneh College plan

By Jay Grenby, May 18, 2012

Disappointed Yavneh College trustees are having to rethink their options for establishing a primary section after the local authority turned down a second application for a £4 million grant.

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Brighton learning to co-operate

By Simon Rocker, May 10, 2012

A cross-communal adult education programme involving Orthodox, Reform and Liberal rabbis launched in Brighton yesterday, marking the festival of Lag b'Omer.

With sessions ranging from first century Judaism to antidotes to antisemitism, the eight-week venture is a spin-off from last year's one-day Sussex Limmud.

Scheduled to take part in the programme at the Ralli Hall community centre are Ra

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It's a twin-win situation for visiting Ghanaians

May 10, 2012

An educational twinning scheme run by international aid charity Tzedek brought three Ghanaian teachers to London to talk about their experiences and to lead lessons at Jewish schools.

Tzedek's Learning Together scheme has provided an interactive forum for pupils in the UK and Ghana to develop an understanding of the world and their role within it.

The programme lasts an academic year and les

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School angry at missing the bus on funding

By Jennifer Lipman, May 10, 2012

A Hertsmere Jewish Primary governor has expressed fears for its future after Hertfordshire County Council and Education Secretary Michael Gove rejected pleas to retain free or concessionary transport for pupils.

More than 200 of the 480 HJPS pupils use the council-run transport service, which is being abolished at the end of the academic year due to budget cuts.

Governor Abigail Silver said

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Yavneh's late lobby on primary plan

By Jay Grenby, May 10, 2012

Yavneh College issued a last-ditch plea to supporters to lobby Hertfordshire councillors for a change of heart over a £4 million grant application for a primary section.

Members of Hertfordshire's Education and Skills Cabinet were due yesterday to discuss the proposal, which county council officers have recommended be rejected.

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Wolfson Hillel anticipates a head start

May 10, 2012

An experienced educator who led a London-wide strategies forum set up by the Department for Education is the new head of the Wolfson Hillel Primary in Southgate.

Kirsten Jowett will take up the post in September, succeeding acting head Rick Barnes.

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Decision nears on Finchley primary

May 3, 2012

Leaders of the project for a cross-communal Jewish primary in Finchley will discuss the plans with Department for Education officials this month.

Interim governors' chair Martin Blain said that, although the DfE interview did not "mean we have the green light", it demonstrated that the free school application was being taken seriously.

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