Liverpool schools scheme backed

By Craig Silver, July 25, 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.


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.


Schools ‘will have to accept non-Jews’

By Leon Symons and Simon Rocker, July 18, 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”.


Analysis: Central issues the report glosses over

By Simon Rocker, July 18, 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?


Auschwitz trips praised

By Jessica Elgot, July 4, 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.”


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.


Take education more seriously

By Miriam Shaviv, June 27, 2008

The community still isn’t making Jewish schools enough of a priority

Friends of mine recently phoned the local Jewish primary school to ask about entrance procedures. Their daughter is barely three months old.

But you can understand their worry. Two weeks ago, the JC revealed that at least 30 children in our neighbourhood of Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, did not get into a Jewish school this year.


Be ethical: give your child a state education

By Dana Gloger, June 20, 2008

Forget going private — we should instead help to foster a more equal school system

A recent report found that almost 60 per cent of parents would send their children to a private school if they could afford to. According to Mori research for the Independent Schools Council (which clearly has an interest in such findings), the reasons include a fear of knife crime, the perception of a lack of discipline in state schools, and recent changes in state education and exams.


Landmark school gets the go-ahead

By Dana Gloger, June 13, 2008

Plans for the country’s first non-denominational Jewish school got the go-ahead from a London council this week.

At a Barnet council planning meeting on Wednesday evening, councillors gave the Jewish Community Secondary School (JCoSS) permission to be built on the site where the sixth-form section of East Barnet secondary school currently stands. The £50 million project will be the only Jewish school not under the auspices of the Chief Rabbi.