Educating on support for victims of violence

December 1, 2011

Jewish Women's Aid is taking its new training programmes on domestic violence to Jewish welfare workers and teachers at Jewish schools.


Strike stops Liverpool KD opening

December 1, 2011

Wednesday's official opening of the Liverpool King David's £25 million educational campus was called off because of the day of action by public sector employees over changes to pensions.

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks had been due to be guest of honour at the ceremony for the state-of-the-art buildings which also serve as a community centre and conference venue for the Merseyside Jewish community.


School plans lessen Lubavitch debts

By Simon Rocker, December 1, 2011

The Lubavitch movement is set to turn a corner in its battle against debt with plans for two more of its schools to become state-aided.

Its senior girls' and boys' primary schools hope to have aided status approved by Hackney Learning Trust early next year, joining the girls' primary, which became voluntary-aided in 2004.


Immanuel College selects its next headteacher

November 24, 2011

New York-born Charles Dormer will take over as headteacher at Immanuel College after the retirement of Philip Skelker at the end of the academic year.

Mr Dormer, 44, holds dual American and British citizenship. He studied English at Magdalene College, Cambridge, and is currently head at the King's School, Grantham. He has 23 years of educational experience.


Liverpool's class act

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 17, 2011

Liverpool has hosted what is believed to be the first conference of a British university using a synagogue to train teachers in handling controversial religious issues.

The 48 trainee teachers from across the north west, who are studying for their PGCE at Liverpool Hope University, used Childwall Synagogue as a venue for part of a day conference.


First trip for Wolfson

November 17, 2011

The first trip to Poland for parents whose children attend Wolfson Hillel Primary was described by participants as educational and emotional.

The 18 parents on the two-day programme were led by Rabbi David Mason from Muswell Hill Synagogue with help from the United Synagogue's community services division.

The group's visit included a guided tour of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

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School says it is mystified over DfE statistics

By Simon Rocker, November 17, 2011

The Jewish Community Secondary School is mystified by a Department for Education statistic stating that nearly a third of its first intake last year spoke English as a second language.

According to a table in the DfE publication, Schools, Pupils and their Characteristics, of the 155 pupils who entered the new cross-communal school, 105 were native English speakers, while 50 grew up with another


Open doors at Yavneh

November 17, 2011

Parents hoping to secure a place for their child in the new primary section of Yavneh College for September 2012 are invited to an open evening at the Borehamwood school on November 24.

Although planning permission has been granted, several matters remain to be resolved before building can begin, said governors' chair Sue Nyman.


School keeps ethos in a changing market

By Jessica Elgot, November 10, 2011

The number of languages spoken by Ilford Jewish Primary pupils runs comfortably into double figures.


'Everyone gets on - that makes me proud to be Jewish'

November 10, 2011

IJPS year-six pupils describe their year as very close-knit, despite the diversity of backgrounds and ethnicity. Several who joined in the past year did not speak English.

One is Jade Poitou, 10, who lived in France. "I didn't speak English but it has been very easy to learn here, and I have made friends," she said.