Aaron Porter faces 'antisemitic' abuse at student march

January 31, 2011
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Footage of the National Union of Students (NUS) fees rally in Manchester on January 29, during which NUS president Aaron Porter faced antisemitic abuse.

Mr Porter, who is not Jewish, was led away as protesters chanted “Tory Jew scum”.

The Union of Jewish Students (UJS) has expressed its outrage. In a statement, UJS said: “Legitimate criticism and debate are an important part of NUS, but abuse such as ‘Jew scum’ has no place in our student movement.


Government to keep funding Holocaust Memorial Day

By Jessica Elgot, January 28, 2011

The government will fund at least two more years of the Holocaust Memorial Day with a grant of £1.5m.

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles announced the funding will continue at the national HMD event last night.

He said: “Antisemitism and other forms of bigotry have sadly not yet been relegated to the history books. It’s the responsibility of every one of us to challenge divisive views and discrimination whenever we see them.


School earns ministerial seal

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 28, 2011

The headteacher of the high achieving North Cheshire Jewish Primary has said that its multi-faith projects demolish the argument that faith schools provide only a narrow grounding and lead to societal division.

North Cheshire normally attracts attention for academic excellence. In league tables published last month, it was the best Greater Manchester school and rated tenth best in England. In SATs, pupils scored an average of 32 out of a possible 33 points in English and maths, results normally associated with children three years older.


Charedim voice school concerns

By Simon Rocker, January 27, 2011

Charedi leaders have voiced concern about the government's plans to raise the school leaving age from 16 to 18 in a meeting with Schools Minister Nick Gibb.

A delegation from the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations discussed the potential impact on Charedi youth, who generally leave school by their mid-teens to go to yeshivah or seminary.


Mill Hill enjoys a head start

By Robyn Rosen, January 27, 2011

Etz Chaim, the Jewish primary in Mill Hill opening in September under the government's free schools initiative, has announced its first headteachers.

The appointments are Yvonne Baron, deputy head of Hertsmere Jewish Primary, and Sharon Mullish, assistant head at the same school. They will start in May.

Governors' chair Adam Dawson said: "They are exceptional school leaders who will provide innovative, inspiring and an entrepreneurial educational approach."


Michael Gove backs Holocaust study aid for schools

By Jessica Elgot, January 27, 2011

Education Secretary Michael Gove has welcomed a new online tool for Holocaust education in schools, stressing the need for a permanent resource to keep survivors' memories alive.


All our yesterdays: In class

By Katie Taylor, January 21, 2011

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Ofsted rates rising star

January 20, 2011

The growing popularity of Manchester's strictly Orthodox Yesoiday Hatorah Primary is reflected in its latest Ofsted inspection report.
There are 647 pupils, an increase of more than 100 on two years ago. In 2003 the school matched the size of Manchester's mainstream King David Primary with around 450 pupils, but growth in the Charedi community has boosted Yesoiday Hatorah's intake. It has maintained its Ofsted rating as a "good" school, the second highest of the four grades awarded.


Jewish studies goes online

January 20, 2011

The London School of Jewish Studies is joining forces with Rabbi Chaim Brovender's to run interactive online courses.
In the virtual classroom, students can see, speak to or text their teacher and classmates. "We want to bring our ethos to a wider audience," said LSJS chief executive Dr Raphael Zarum. "Our goal is to offer courses that combine intellectual scholarship with modern relevancy to students beyond our physical campus."


Schools spend Michael Gove's security cash

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 20, 2011

A number of Manchester Jewish schools are bolstering their security arrangements ahead of receiving their share of a £2 million government allocation.

Broughton Jewish Primary in Salford has hired new security staff and an existing guard has completed advanced training. Improvements to its CCTV will also be made.

Daniel Warwick, who runs DW-OZ - one of two companies contracted to provide security to Manchester schools under the new funding - said others were already making enhancements.