Ofsted rates rising star

January 20, 2011

The growing popularity of Manchester's strictly Orthodox Yesoiday Hatorah Primary is reflected in its latest Ofsted inspection report.
There are 647 pupils, an increase of more than 100 on two years ago. In 2003 the school matched the size of Manchester's mainstream King David Primary with around 450 pupils, but growth in the Charedi community has boosted Yesoiday Hatorah's intake. It has maintained its Ofsted rating as a "good" school, the second highest of the four grades awarded.


Jewish studies goes online

January 20, 2011

The London School of Jewish Studies is joining forces with Rabbi Chaim Brovender's to run interactive online courses.
In the virtual classroom, students can see, speak to or text their teacher and classmates. "We want to bring our ethos to a wider audience," said LSJS chief executive Dr Raphael Zarum. "Our goal is to offer courses that combine intellectual scholarship with modern relevancy to students beyond our physical campus."


Schools spend Michael Gove's security cash

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 20, 2011

A number of Manchester Jewish schools are bolstering their security arrangements ahead of receiving their share of a £2 million government allocation.

Broughton Jewish Primary in Salford has hired new security staff and an existing guard has completed advanced training. Improvements to its CCTV will also be made.

Daniel Warwick, who runs DW-OZ - one of two companies contracted to provide security to Manchester schools under the new funding - said others were already making enhancements.


Special needs school fights for council funds

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 14, 2011

In its new more central northern location, Britain's only Jewish residential special needs school is attracting increased interest from parents. But they face a struggle obtaining local council funding for residential places.


Jewish schools struggle to attract full intake

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 14, 2011

Manchester's Jewish primary schools are under-subscribed, with only one out of five state-aided schools able to fill its intake.


Teacher banned for Holocaust 'obsession' back at work

By Jennifer Lipman, January 11, 2011

A Jewish history teacher who was suspended by French education authorities for teaching too much about the Holocaust has returned to work.

In September 2010 Catherine Pederzoli was given a four-month suspension for lacking "distance, neutrality and secularism", principles seen by the French as vital safeguards of the separation of Church and state.

Ms Pederzoli, from Nancy in eastern France, faced the allegation that she was obsessed with the Nazi gas chambers.


Big job on 'small' project

By Jessica Elgot, December 29, 2010

Teenage applicants are being sought for a six-month leadership programme geared at galvanising small communities which are struggling to survive.

The World Ort scheme - open to Jewish 15- and 16-year-olds from European countries - is supported by the Israeli Ministry of Diaspora Affairs and the European Jewish Fund.

World Ort's head of Jewish education, Judah Harstein, said: "An injection of new blood is essential to ensure that communities achieve a dynamism that will enable them to move forward and face the many challenges for survival."


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”.