Primary schools get top marks in Sats tests

By Jessica Elgot, December 23, 2010

Jewish primary schools emerged as some of the country's highest performers when the Sats league tables were released last week.

Faith schools did disproportionately better in the Year 6 exams. Almost two-thirds of the 329 primaries with "perfect" results were Jewish, Anglican or Roman Catholic schools. But only a third of primaries nationally are faith schools.


Educational foursome

By Jay Grenby, December 22, 2010

Four outer London United synagogues have held their second regional learning forum, featuring a variety of top speakers.

More than 90 participants attended the Derech conference organised by the Northwood, Pinner, Ruislip and Watford shuls, together with Moriah Jewish Day School, which hosted the event.

Author and lecturer Rabbi Hanoch Teller was the keynote speaker and other contributors included Rabbi Anthony Knopf, Rosalind Preston, Doreen Samuels, Johnny Solomon, scribe Bernard Benarroch and music therapist Aviva Braunold. .


Wheelchair protester Jody McIntyre on 'schizophrenic lunatic' Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, December 17, 2010

The political campaigner who accused police of pulling him from a wheelchair during last week’s student protests in London has a long history of anti-Israel and anti-western activism and has described Israel as a lunatic and racist state.

In August, on his personal blog Jody McIntyre, London-born but whose great-grandparents came from Lebanon, wrote of “the system of apartheid that Israel is imposing on the Palestinians”.


School falls foul of adjudicator

By Robyn Rosen, December 16, 2010

Hertsmere Jewish Primary has committed more than two dozen breaches of the admissions code, an independent schools adjudicator has found.

The adjudicator, Canon Richard Lindley, identified 26 breaches and told the school to clarify its code for the 2012 intake.

A parent contacted the Office of the Schools Adjudicator in October over an admissions issue. Canon Lindley initially refused to deal with the objection because of its late submission but then "discovered what I considered to be a large number of breaches of the requirement of the school admissions code".


School planning scores poorly in assessment of future requirements

By Marcus Dysch, December 16, 2010

A report into the future of Jewish primary schools has queried the way the community co-ordinates new schools.

In the light of concern about a shortage of places in some areas, the Jewish Leadership Council's School Strategy Implementation Group has been looking at ways to satisfy demand.

At secular schools with a high Jewish pupil population, many parents say they would like their children to attend a Jewish school but do not have one in their area.

There are currently 24 initiatives geared towards creating additional Jewish school places for the next academic year.


Youth groups call for gap year clause in tuition fees bill

By Jennifer Lipman, December 13, 2010

Members of Britain’s Jewish youth movements have launched a campaign to challenge the government’s position on the tuition fees rise and gap years.

Bnei Akiva (BA) and the Federation of Zionist Youth (FZY) started the “Mind the Gap” petition out of concern that the prospect of paying fees of up to £9,000 would discourage students from taking a year out before university.

Both movements, along with several other Anglo-Jewish organisations, run popular schemes taking British school-leavers to volunteer and study in Israel.


£2m on Jewish schools' security

By Marcus Dysch, December 9, 2010

Education Secretary Michael Gove has pledged £2 million to fund tighter security measures to protect Jewish schools.

Payments will be made to 39 voluntary-aided Jewish schools in England, via the Community Security Trust.

The money will cover the amount previously paid by parents and the CST to provide extra fencing, guards and CCTV.

In previous years the Labour government had encouraged councils to allocate funding and cover the shortfall.


Conservative cabinet aide Lee Scott pledges to abstain in tuition fees vote

By Jennifer Lipman, December 8, 2010

Jewish MP Lee Scott has joined the list of possible government rebels in tomorrows vote on plans to raise university fees.

The Conservative MP for Ilford North has said he will abstain at the vote, despite being a senior cabinet aide in the coalition government.

In an email to the JC, he said: "I am not voting for a fees increase.”

He added: “I am working on proposals to help students and will have further details in the new year.”

Before the general election Mr Scott was one of four incumbent Conservatives to sign a pledge to block higher fees.


Anger over university for thesis calling Holocaust education racist

By Jennifer Lipman, December 7, 2010

A Canadian university has defended a controversial decision to accept a master’s thesis that described Holocaust education as “racist”.

Jewish groups have reacted furiously to the revelation that the University of Toronto awarded a degree to a student for a work titled “The Victimhood of the Powerful: White Jews, Zionism and the Racism of Hegemonic Holocaust Education”.

The essay looked at two programmes which take young people to the Nazi sites of Poland; March of the Living for Jewish students, and the March of Remembrance and Hope, which educates non-Jewish participants.


Pupils give top marks to King David campus

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 2, 2010

Pupils at Manchester King David Schools switched to their new £22 million state-of-the-art building this week - and liked what they saw.

As the three-storey campus opened its automatic doors on Tuesday, 650 students - just over half the schools' total - got their first glimpse of the 100,000 square foot property as part of a staged transfer from KD's dated former buildings. High school pupils were given a guided tour with accompanying maps to help navigate the maze of 70 rooms.