Schools taking a disciplined stance

By Jessica Elgot, December 29, 2011

Secondary schools are finding varying methods of maintaining discipline in the classroom and playground.

The Hasmonean schools in north-west London operate a zero-tolerance policy towards violent behaviour, with immediate exclusion, even in instances of "play fighting". Boys' school head Andrew McClusky said the threat of suspension had proved an important deterrent.


Debate over teaching the Holocaust in UK schools

By Jennifer Lipman, December 29, 2011

One of the leading figures in Holocaust education has challenged a former education minister after he called for an end to teaching about the Nazis in British classrooms.

Lord Baker of Dorking, who developed the National Curriculum during his three-year stint as Margaret Thatcher's education secretary, told the Telegraph that the study of Nazism should be banned from the curriculum.


Setback for Yavneh primary

By Simon Rocker, December 22, 2011

Yavneh College's plans to open a primary section in September have received a setback after Hertfordshire Council said that it could not provide funding this year.

The proposed two-form entry school has been seen as vital to meet the demand for Jewish primary school places in outer north-west London.


Hopes rise for a Jewish secondary

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 9, 2011

Renewed hopes of the first Jewish secondary school in Leeds have been bolstered by a new wave of support from parents and the Chief Rabbi after a failed application for a free school earlier this year.


South London inches closer to getting a Jewish primary school

By Simon Rocker, December 8, 2011

The prospects of south London finally getting a Jewish school are looking brighter with supporters preparing to submit an application to the Department for Education in February.

A group representing Orthodox, Reform, Liberal and Masorti families across the area hope to open a one-form-entry primary free school in September 2013.

Natalie Katz, a member of the steering committee, said the Gov


Educating on support for victims of violence

December 1, 2011

Jewish Women's Aid is taking its new training programmes on domestic violence to Jewish welfare workers and teachers at Jewish schools.


School leaver is praised

December 1, 2011

King Solomon High deputy head Liam Joughin is retiring after 36 years in Jewish education.

Mr Joughin, who is not Jewish, has spent 15 years at the Redbridge school, having previously served Hasmonean High. School trips to Israel are among his fondest memories.

King Solomon head Spencer Lewis recalled being a student of Mr Joughin at Hasmonean.


Strike stops Liverpool KD opening

December 1, 2011

Wednesday's official opening of the Liverpool King David's £25 million educational campus was called off because of the day of action by public sector employees over changes to pensions.

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks had been due to be guest of honour at the ceremony for the state-of-the-art buildings which also serve as a community centre and conference venue for the Merseyside Jewish community.


School plans lessen Lubavitch debts

By Simon Rocker, December 1, 2011

The Lubavitch movement is set to turn a corner in its battle against debt with plans for two more of its schools to become state-aided.

Its senior girls' and boys' primary schools hope to have aided status approved by Hackney Learning Trust early next year, joining the girls' primary, which became voluntary-aided in 2004.


Immanuel College selects its next headteacher

November 24, 2011

New York-born Charles Dormer will take over as headteacher at Immanuel College after the retirement of Philip Skelker at the end of the academic year.

Mr Dormer, 44, holds dual American and British citizenship. He studied English at Magdalene College, Cambridge, and is currently head at the King's School, Grantham. He has 23 years of educational experience.