Rabbi thrives in shadowy role

By Robyn Rosen, January 21, 2010

Standing in front of a class of 14-year-old grammar school girls explaining the Jewish perspective on sex before marriage and homosexuality would seem daunting to most. But it is just another day at the office for Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner.

The JC accompanied Rabbi Janner-Klausner to the Henrietta Barnett School in north London as part of a Leo Baeck College initiative giving those contemplating a rabbinical career the opportunity to shadow Progressive ministers.


King Solomon satisfied with its Ofsted ruling

January 21, 2010

The King Solomon High School in Redbridge has received a positive report from Ofsted inspectors, whose main concern was that more able pupils were not making the progress they were capable of.

Ofsted rated the school as good in most categories and outstanding in a few. It noted that headteacher Spencer Lewis had “worked tirelessly since his appointment two years ago to improve the standard of education students receive and his work has been successful.


Disciplined response to misbehaving pupils

By Robyn Rosen, January 21, 2010

Instances of exclusions at King Solomon High School in Redbridge have dropped by almost 80 per cent in two years — and risen by over 50 per cent at JFS.

Figures obtained by the JC show a massive drop in fixed-term suspensions at King Solomon from 177 in the 2006/7 academic year to 38 in 2008/9. At JFS, the 80 “instances” in the last academic year contrast with 52 in 2006/7.


Schools: we must face new reality

By Naftali Brawer and Michael Harris, January 14, 2010

The Rabbinical Council of the United Synagogue (RCUS) last week issued a statement (published in the JC) in response to the ongoing controversy surrounding admission to Jewish day schools. That statement may reflect the view of some of our colleagues, but we believe it to be deeply misguided. On such an important communal issue as school admissions, it is crucial that an alternative voice is heard from within the rabbinate, and indeed from within the RCUS itself.


Daniel Needlestone fronts a national drive to hire more teachers

By Candice Krieger, January 14, 2010

Meet Daniel Needlestone — the face of a new online government campaign to recruit IT teachers. Mr Needlestone, who teaches information and communications technology (ICT) and computing at Rickmansworth School, Herts, was chosen on behalf of the Teacher Development Agency (TDA) to star in two YouTube adverts which seek to garner enthusiasm for computing.


Schools unite in interfaith celebration

December 9, 2009

Pupils at the Akiva Primary in Finchley were joined by their Catholic counterparts from the neighbouring St Theresa’s School to celebrate the presentation of an award to interfaith relations pioneer Sir Sigmund Sternberg by the former Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor.

The pupils gave performances about Chanucah and Christmas before Sir Sigmund received a star to add to his papal knighthood, awarded in 1985 in recognition of efforts to promote relations between Jews and Catholics.

Former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey also addressed the gathering.


Rosh Pinah head is to stand down

By Robyn Rosen, December 9, 2009

Rosh Pinah Jewish Primary head Anthea Abery is to retire at the end of term.

Ms Abery, 61, said she had been waiting until the recent completion of an Ofsted inspection at the 472-pupil school.

Deputy head Judy Greenberg will become acting head and the school will advertise for Ms Abery’s replacement in the new year.

She was appointed head in 2003 after five years in the deputy’s role.


Faith school should teach all religions, says Rabbi

By Simon Rocker, December 3, 2009

A lobby group headed by a senior Reform rabbi has called for religious education to be added to the national curriculum — which would require faith schools to teach religions other than their own.

The Accord Coalition, chaired by Rabbi Jonathan Romain, wants to ensure that children at religious schools learn at least something about other faiths.


JCoSS deputy's job is 'too good to miss'

December 3, 2009

Haberdashers’ Aske’s Girls’ sixth-form head Patrick Moriarty has been appointed deputy head of JCoSS, the Jewish Community Secondary School opening in Barnet next September. He starts his duties in January.

Prior to joining Haberdashers — where he also co-ordinated the programme for gifted students — Mr Moriarty, 43, taught at voluntary aided schools including the highly regarded Latymer in Edmonton.


South London: Jewish school plans spell revival?

By Robyn Rosen, November 26, 2009

Plans for a Jewish school could be the salvation of south London Jewry, where congregations are struggling to combat dwindling memberships and an exodus of the young.

Around 13,000 Jews live in the area, making up eight per cent of the capital’s population. With no Jewish schools, kosher shops and few other services available to the community, many young couples move to north London once they have children.

A Jewish primary is seen as a means of stemming the tide, along with a recruitment drive for younger families and students.