Israeli exam suspended after disparity in results

By Shira Rubin, November 7, 2013

Israel’s Ministry of Education has announced that it will suspend an annual examination, known as the Meitzav exams, in the upcoming year, in the light of a sharp disparity in academic performance between various sections of the population.


Schochet leaving Rosh Pinah

By Simon Rocker, November 4, 2013

Mill Hill Synagogue’s Rabbi Yitzchak Schochet has resigned as principal of the Rosh Pinah Primary School in Edgware.

Rabbi Schochet, who is also principal of the new Etz Chaim free school in Mill Hill, felt it was “inappropriate” to stay on at Rosh Pinah “when I can’t give the job the amount of time it deserves. And it will increasingly require more time than ever before.”


Game on for leadership prospects

By Rosa Doherty, November 4, 2013

A year-long programme for some of the brightest leadership talents is being hailed as “the most important development in communal leadership for 20 years”.

Being run through Lead, a division of the JLC, Gamechangers will train 24 people in their 30s and 40s with senior leadership potential.


Ballet teacher cleared of racial harassment despite 'deplorable' comment

October 31, 2013

A leading ballet teacher has been cleared of racial harassment, despite a court finding he made a “deplorable and ill-considered” antisemitic remark in the presence of a Jewish student.

Jonathan Barton told a group of pupils at Scotland’s prestigious Ballet West school: “You look like a bunch of Jews lining up waiting to be shot in the rain.”


Top marks for Mathilda

October 28, 2013

Mathilda Marks Kennedy primary’s Jewish studies teaching has been judged as “outstanding” by Pikuach inspectors.

The inspection team looked at pupils’ progress and achievement, the quality of teaching, leadership and management and the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development in the Mill Hill school.


Akiva primary school doubles up

October 28, 2013

Staff and pupils at Akiva School are celebrating securing two positive reports from education regulators.

Ofsted, the schools’ inspector, found that Akiva was a “good” school, in a report that praised both the school’s teaching and the spiritual and social development of its pupils.


Religious studies 'must be part of national curriculum'

By Simon Rocker, October 25, 2013

A leading Reform rabbi has called for religious education to be made part of the national curriculum.

Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain, of Maidenhead Synagogue, said that the launch of new government guidelines on teaching the subject did not go far enough.


Scottish teacher accused over Hitler comments

By Charlotte Oliver, October 25, 2013

A teacher at a private school in Scotland who allegedly made antisemitic comments during one of his classes will have a disciplinary hearing next week, according to the Herald Scotland.

Religious education teacher David McNally reportedly told students at Kilwinning Academy in Ayrshire: "Hitler was not all bad - he killed the Jews.”


Gove observes a flying start to Etz Chaim site

By Sandy Rashty, October 21, 2013

Education Secretary Michael Gove joined communal leaders at the official opening of the permanent Etz Chaim Jewish Primary premises in Mill Hill last Friday.

Etz Chaim, one of the government’s free school projects, has been operating from nearby temporary accommodation since 2011.


Exploring social justice

By Simon Rocker, October 21, 2013

A London synagogue has linked up with organisations in Israel and America for an innovative educational programme exploring Jewish ideas of social justice.

Participants in the “Takum” course will learn locally with a rabbi in their own country, while being able to access material online from other centres.