Yad Vashem leads British teachers in Holocaust course

By Jessica Elgot, February 16, 2012

The Holocaust is embedded in the national curriculum, and a core part of education at Jewish schools. But how much do teachers really know, and how do you teach a six-year-old, or even a 16-year-old, about gas chambers?

Israel's Holocaust memorial centre, Yad Vashem, last week flew in 20 British teachers for an intensive week-long course on how to teach the Holocaust to Jewish children.


Morasha buys site for school

February 9, 2012

The Morasha Jewish Primary has acquired the former Barnet College site in Stanhope Road, North Finchley, for its new premises and hopes to move in later this year, subject to the completion of refurbishment.

Once the school moves, it will be renamed the Sacks Morasha Jewish Primary, honouring Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks, "who has done so much for the development and expansion of Jewish education and


Gove marks JCoSS very

February 9, 2012

The student parliament at JCoSS has been a hot political ticket of late, with a visit from Education Secretary Michael Gove following Labour leader Ed Miliband's tour of the cross-communal Barnet school.

Pupils told Mr Gove of their parliamentary achievements over the past year and the minister noted with interest their favourite lesson - a history-based version of Deal or No Deal.


Kisharon centres could shut in service revamp

By Jessica Elgot, February 9, 2012

Learning disability charity Kisharon could close day centres in Hackney and Golders Green to facilitate users' greater integration within the mainstream community.

Kisharon chief executive Bev Jacobson said the charity had been given around a year by Hackney Council to examine ways the services offered by the Stamford Hill day centres could be provided by alternative means.

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Noam's fans in high places

February 9, 2012

Education Secretary Michael Gove, London Mayor Boris Johnson and Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks sent admiring messages to the annual gala dinner of the Noam Primary School.

Contributing to the dinner brochure, Mr Gove wrote that the Wembley-based school's "unique approach to teaching a combined secular and religious curriculum has clearly paid off as the most recent excellent SATs results have shown".


Mill Hill school wins extra approval

By Jay Grenby, February 9, 2012

Barnet planners have once again approved a proposal for permanent premises for the Etz Chaim Jewish Primary in Mill Hill after a procedural failure by the council invalidated the original application.

However, the enforced delay means that the free school is unlikely to open on the new site in September as intended, and will have to remain in its temporary accommodation until a "more probable"


Hasmonean gives highest value in DfE league tables

By Simon Rocker, February 2, 2012

From September, pupils at the Hasmonean High in north-west London can take GCSE Chinese.

It is as an example of the forward thinking that is paying dividends at the Orthodox school, the top Jewish secondary in terms of academic progress made by pupils from 11-to-16, according to new Department for Education performance tables.


Special-needs pupil barred from Israel trip

By Jessica Elgot, February 2, 2012

The father of a 14-year-old King Solomon High School pupil with moderate learning disabilities is "bitterly disappointed" that she is not being allowed to join the Redbridge school's Israel trip.

But King Solomon teachers maintain the girl is unsuited to a mainstream school and have "health and safety" concerns about her going on the Israel tour in May of next year.


Leeds high school is in demand

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 27, 2012

Evidence of community support for the proposed Leeds Jewish secondary school was apparent in a turnout of 150 for a consultation meeting on Tuesday.

The campaign for a 210-place secondary suffered a setback last year when the Department for Education rejected an earlier application for a school to be established on the Brodetsky Jewish Primary campus in Alwoodley.


Miliband meets the JCoSS ministerial team

By Jennifer Lipman, January 26, 2012

Ed Miliband enjoyed a cordial meeting with the prime minister and deputy prime minister this week - or at least the JCoSS equivalents.

The Labour leader visited the cross-communal secondary school in Barnet to hear from members of its student set-up. "We even have a monarch - the head teacher," said year-eight student, Jamy Bristol-James.