Pressure was on after critical Ofsted report

By Simon Rocker, May 26, 2016

The Ofsted squad which turned up at the JFS campus in Kenton, north-west London one morning in July 2014 took the school by surprise. Ranked as an outstanding school and enjoying an excellent academic reputation, JFS had not expected to be the subject of an unannounced inspection.


Tuffkid is rated outstanding

May 9, 2016

Kisharon's Tuffkid nursery in Golders Green - where mainstream children learn and play alongside those with special needs - has been rated outstanding in every category by Ofsted inspectors.

Ofsted's report praised Tuffkid's "inspirational" leadership and the quality of teaching.


Ofsted praises primary schools and nurseries

April 14, 2016

King David Primary School has been rated "outstanding" by Ofsted.

The school, which was upgraded from "good", was praised by Ofsted inspectors for its "strong leadership and exemplary teaching".


Why Ofsted's blitz on strictly Orthodox schools is so damaging

By Chaya Spitz, February 25, 2016

What has changed in independent Charedi schools?

Since 2014, one school after another has been declared by Ofsted to be inadequate. Before 2014, the ratings of Charedi schools covered the full gamut. Some were outstanding, and many had outstanding features. Schools were lauded for pupils' behaviour and diligence, for results, for social and moral consciousness.


Ofsted investigating 'antisemitic material' found in schools

By Simon Rocker, December 17, 2015

Ofsted has said it cannot disclose further details of antisemitic material found during the inspection of unregistered Muslim schools because of the possibility of future prosecutions.

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has asked the inspection service to prepare cases against schools suspected of operating beyond the law.


Ofsted report praises strictly Orthodox school's British values

By Charlotte Oliver, December 3, 2015

A strictly Orthodox school for children with special needs has been praised by Ofsted for its teaching of British values.

Haskel School in Gateshead was singled out by Chief Inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw in Westminster on Tuesday, as he launched the inspection service's annual report for 2014-2015.


DfE ponders future of Belz Hackney schools

By Charlotte Oliver, October 8, 2015

The Department for Education is considering the future of two Chasidic schools in Hackney following emergency Ofsted inspections it requested.

Beis Malka and Talmud Torah Machzikei Hadass were at the centre of controversy in the spring after leaders of the Belz sect threatened to ban pupils whose mothers drove them to school as it breached traditions of modesty.

The DfE said this week: "We a


Ofsted blast for 'driving ban school'

By Simon Rocker, October 1, 2015

A Chasidic school that was at the centre of the driving ban controversy earlier this year has been criticised by inspectors for not teaching children about sexual orientation.

Ofsted said the leaders of the Beis Malka Girls' School in Hackney, north London, considered that their faith took precedence over the standards required of independent schools.


'Outstanding' result for Liberal Jewish Synagogue Nursery

By JC Reporter, October 1, 2015

The Liberal Jewish Synagogue Nursery School has been upgraded from "good" to "outstanding" in its latest Ofsted inspection.

Inspectors, who dropped in unannounced on the nursery - which is situated inside the liberal synagogue in St John's Wood - in July, marked it as "outstanding" in all areas.


Three more schools rapped

By Charlotte Oliver, September 17, 2015

Another three Jewish schools have been downgraded to "inadequate" in their latest Ofsted inspections.

The strictly Orthodox Menorah Grammar School in Edgware, the Chasidic Talmud Torah Bobov Primary School in Stamford Hill and the Chasidic Beis Rochel D'Satmar Girls' school in Hackney all scored four, the lowest grade, after their summer inspections.