Funding education runs in their family

By Charlotte Oliver, March 12, 2015

Businessman David Dangoor can pinpoint the first time he discovered the power of philanthropy.

Aged 18, and having just passed his driving test, he found himself stranded at midnight in the middle of nowhere when his car broke down.

Soon enough, a stranger stopped behind him with a can of petrol and poured half its contents into his car.


Lunchtime learning with a side of lox? Join the club

By Charlotte Oliver, March 5, 2015

It is 1pm on a rainy Thursday and Watford Grammar School for Boys is loud with lunchtime chatter. Pupils hurry to the canteen or head outside the Hertfordshire school to unwind during their busy day.


'We can connect to our faith at a secular school'

March 5, 2015

We became co-chairs of Henrietta Barnett's Jewish Society last summer, as we had heavily benefited from our JSoc since joining the school. We now want to give something back so that the younger years can continue to enjoy Jewish experiences once we have left.


'If you lead a school, you have an impact on every single pupil'

By Charlotte Oliver, February 26, 2015

Rabbi David Meyer cannot remember his first day at Hasmonean, but then, can you blame him? He was only two-and-a-half years old.

These days, the educator's memory bank is filled with Hasmonean moments; unsurprising since, over the past 40 years, he has held every post at the Barnet school - from student to teacher, and finally, executive head.


Yavneh reveals bid to add primary section

By Barry Toberman, February 26, 2015

Yavneh College in Borehamwood is reviving plans for a primary section and intends to submit an application for a free school to the Department for Education at "the earliest opportunity".


A new recipe for success at JFS

By Charlotte Oliver, February 19, 2015

As the largest Jewish school in Europe, it can be difficult for JFS to cater for the wide-ranging interests of its student body.

But that is not for lack of trying. This year, the Kenton school launched its new BTEC qualification in hospitality - and six months in, 15 budding masterchefs are singing its praises.


Nick Clegg pledges to continue Jewish school security funding

By Marcus Dysch, February 16, 2015

The Liberal Democrats will protect funding for security measures in Jewish schools if the party returns to government after May’s election, Nick Clegg has announced.

The Deputy Prime Minister said his party would guarantee the continuation of the £2.3m funding the Department for Education provides.

Jewish state schools use the money to provide additional security measures.


Duncan Smith praises 'special' work of Kisharon

February 16, 2015

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith hailed Kisharon’s “truly remarkable” work when he toured its new further educational facility in Stamford Hill on Monday.

Based at the Brenner Community Centre and run in partnership with Hackney Community College, the facility enables adults with complex learning needs to gain life skills helping them towards greater independence.


Free children's PJ Library service enjoys novel launch

February 16, 2015

Celebrities have revealed their reading habits in support of the UK launch of the PJ Library, which provides free monthly children’s Jewish books on modern non-denominational themes.


‘Don’t suffer in silence — I’m still alive because I asked for help’

By Charlotte Oliver, February 13, 2015

Jennifer* is a 17-year-old pupil at a Jewish school in London. Here, she shares her story of depression and recovery: