Report hails religious education

By Simon Rocker, February 23, 2012

Jewish education is good or outstanding at nearly 80 per cent of the Jewish schools inspected over the past four years, a new report from the Pikuach inspection service reveals.

However, Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks has warned that Ivrit teaching needs to improve and that too many pupils are bored or uninspired by prayer services.

Pikuach - which is supported by the Board of Deputies and the UJIA


Pupils learn poignant lessons from Auschwitz

February 17, 2012

A disbelieving hush descends on the Home Counties sixth-formers touring the Auschwitz memorial and museum as they enter a room housing a mountainous display of human hair - equivalent to that shorn from 40,000 women, their Polish guide explains quietly.


Seeking out the Brady bunch at Langdon

By Jennifer Lipman, February 16, 2012

A Brady club will be a feature of the Quadrant, the flagship Langdon premises in Edgware, catering for young people with learning disabilities.

The Quadrant is set to open later this year after a £1.75 million refurbishment.

It will bring together facilities including accommodation with disabled access, a 24/7 drop-in centre and training areas.


Top Marks by Ofsted

February 16, 2012

Ofsted inspectors have issued a positive report on the Simon Marks Jewish Primary in Hackney, rating the school as "good" on all fronts.

They found that it got pupils off to a "strong start", and that they achieved "particularly well in English".

As for new head Gill Ross and her team, Ofsted reported that "good leadership and management have enabled the school to identify successfully its k


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"