Education

School’s funding fears allayed

By Dana Gloger, August 7, 2008

A row which threatened a £775,000 grant to a strictly Orthodox school may now be speedily resolved.

Beis Chinuch Lebonos, a school for Charedi girls, in Stamford Hill, North London, was awarded the grant by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF), in order to build a 72-place workplace nursery. It was intended to cater for employees' children, as well as for people living in the area.

A condition of the grant was that the funding had to be administered locally through the Learning Trust, which oversees education in Hackney.

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School’s funding fears allayed

By Dana Gloger, August 7, 2008

A row which threatened a £775,000 grant to a strictly Orthodox school may now be speedily resolved.

Beis Chinuch Lebonos, a school for Charedi girls, in Stamford Hill, North London, was awarded the grant by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF), in order to build a 72-place workplace nursery. It was intended to cater for employees' children, as well as for people living in the area.

A condition of the grant was that the funding had to be administered locally through the Learning Trust, which oversees education in Hackney.

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Childrens club provider quits Hackney school

By Craig Silver, August 7, 2008

Hackney's Simon Marks Primary has parted company with its after-school club provider after a breakdown in relations.

Mapalim said it had "no choice" but to end its involvement after clashes with acting head Norma Blair-Clayden.

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Liverpool schools scheme backed

By Craig Silver, July 24, 2008

A £26 million scheme to rehouse the Liverpool King David schools has been accepted by the city’s planning committee after councillors visited the site.

The “super school” will be built on King David’s playing fields. A kindergarten and the Harold House Jewish community centre will also move into the Childwall Road premises. Up to 25 homes will be erected on the site of the current school buildings.

King David High governors’ chair Max Steinberg welcomed the outline planning approval.

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200 guests for Langdon College's annual day

July 22, 2008

Langdon College, the Manchester unit for young adults with learning difficulties, held its annual day on Sunday. Its 70 students showcased drama and arts for the 200 guests. The Mayor of Salford, Cllr Margaret Morris, presented the student-of-the-year award to Shaine-Elke Meyer, 20. Jodi Learner, 19, who completed a drama course at Bury College, sung a solo. At the event Simon Olswang announced that he was standing down as governors' chair after 15 years and handing over to vice-chair Joy Wolfe.

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Schools ‘will have to accept non-Jews’

By Leon Symons and Simon Rocker, July 17, 2008

Report warns of over-supply of places


Jewish schools in Britain will increasingly have to accept non-Jewish pupils in order to fill their places, a new study predicts.

The first report of the Jewish Leadership Council’s Commission On Jewish Schools says that in London “it is likely that more than one secondary school will be enrolling non-Jewish children in the near future”.

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Analysis: Central issues the report glosses over

By Simon Rocker, July 17, 2008

Running to more than 80 pages, The Future of Jewish Schools — the report of the Jewish Leadership Council commission — is perhaps more interesting for what it does not say.

If mainstream Jewish secondary schools in London are likely to face a struggle to fill their places within a few years, then one question is bound to be asked. Is there any point in opening the Jewish Community Secondary School (JCoSS), scheduled to take its first students in two years?

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Auschwitz trips praised

By Jessica Elgot, July 3, 2008

Schools Minister Jim Knight highlighted the impact of a visit to Auschwitz when he addressed a Holocaust Educational Trust meeting on Tuesday at the Imperial War Museum.

Addressing sixth-formers who had participated in the HET’s government-backed Lessons from Auschwitz programme, Mr Knight said his own trip “was an experience I couldn’t have gotten from any film, any book, any website. Being there and seeing things is something that is irreplaceable.”

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Parents ‘won’t pay’ to support Jewish studies

By Simon Rocker, June 27, 2008

Too many parents are refusing to contribute to the cost of their children’s religious education, say governors in some Jewish day schools.

Although state-aided Jewish schools are mainly government-funded, it is common for them to request around £1,000 per child from parents annually to cover Jewish studies and security.

But Lee Glassar, a governor at the Michael Sobell Sinai Primary School in Kenton, North-West London, said “a significant number” decline to pay.

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