Teacher angry over High Holy-Day leave

By Leon Symons, October 3, 2008

A teacher has criticised a council's policy over absence for religious festivals after she was granted - and then refused - paid leave for the High Holy-Days .

History and religious-studies teacher Lucy Nuttgens, 48, applied in July for time off for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur and was told by Aireville School in Skipton, North Yorkshire, that she could have the days off and would be paid for them.

Ms Nuttgens is a member of the small Bradford Reform Synagogue and was helping to run services on the New Year.


Sacks opens Finchley Primary

By Marcus Dysch, September 12, 2008

The Orthodox community's newest school opened its doors to pupils in Finchley this week.

Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks joined the Morasha Jewish Primary's first eight reception-class pupils in a singalong before performing the official opening.

The fee-paying school - set up by Finchley Synagogue members - will accept a further seven pupils during its first year. Up to 25 additional pupils will enrol for the 2009/10 acdemic year.


‘Nazi-joke’ officer suspended

By Marcus Dysch, September 4, 2008

A community policeman has been suspended after allegedly impersonating Hitler and goose-stepping around a police station.

Police Community Support Officer Paul Ryan is being investigated by the Metropolitan Police after colleagues claimed they saw him making Nazi salutes at his team's base in Swiss Cottage, North-West London.

The incident took place on July 24 and Ryan was suspended on August 5 after being reported to senior officers.


Holocaust education ‘may affect boys less than girls’

By Dana Gloger, September 4, 2008

Boys and girls appear to respond very differently to Holocaust education, according to academics who monitored children's attitudes to racism over a four-year period.

Lecturers from Strathclyde University and the University of the West of Scotland spoke to 155 secondary-school pupils in Scotland, comprising one group which had been taught about the Holocaust at primary school and another which had not previously learnt about it.

All had studied it in their Year Nine history lessons at secondary school.


Pupils ‘face bullying and prejudice’

September 2, 2008

Tales of bullying and discrimination suffered by Jewish pupils at secular schools were recounted in Central London on Tuesday at the summer meeting of the Association of Jewish Sixth-Formers.

One sixth-former said he had been accused of killing Christ. Others spoke of fellow pupils' misunderstandings about Israel and the pressures Jews faced to assimilate - for example, to go out with schoolfriends on Friday evenings, or to eat at McDonald's.


Rabbis in New Faith School Challenge

By Dana Gloger, August 29, 2008

LEADING Jewish education figures have reacted with outrage on learning that two Progressive rabbis are to lobby the government to prevent state-funded faith schools using a child's or parent's religion in determining admission.


A*-grade for girl of 12 taught by her father

By Marcus Dysch, August 28, 2008

Among the Jewish students excelling at mainstream schools was 12-year-old Alexandra Evans.

Her A*-grade in maths saw her become one of the youngest pupils in the country to pass a GCSE. Tutored by her father, maths teacher Richard Evans, she started work on the course two years ago and followed in the footsteps of her brother, Jamie, who achieved the same grade at the same age in 2006.


GCSE grades again break records

By Marcus Dysch, August 28, 2008

Students at Jewish schools across the country have again achieved record-breaking GCSE results.
The majority achieved a 100 per cent pass rate, bettering the national average of 98 per cent.

Pupils at Hasmonean High School in North-West London achieved the school's best-ever results, 94 per cent gaining five or more A*- to C-grades.


Orthodox paying students to learn

By Simon Rocker, August 28, 2008

Orthodox outreach organisations in the UK are offering financial incentives to attract students.

The Jewish Learning Exchange has plans to expand a leadership-training programme for students which has previously offered £300 for attendance.

Another educational organisation, Seed, is running courses for parents of Jewish day-school pupils with apparent offers to pay £250 towards the cost of their children's Jewish studies.


Students across the country achieve record-breaking GCSE results

By Marcus Dysch, August 26, 2008
Students at Jewish schools across the country have again achieved record-breaking GCSE results.

The majority achieved a 100 per cent pass rate, bettering the national average of 98 per cent.

Pupils at Hasmonean High School in North West London achieved the school's best ever results, with 94 per cent gaining five or more A* to C-grades.

Among the most outstanding achievements was Rebecca Sassoon's 13 A* grades. She was one of 39 students who each received at least 10 A* and A-grades.