Praise for Pardes in latest Ofsted report

By Daniel Sugarman, September 15, 2016

Pardes House primary school has received a grading of "good" from Ofsted in its latest inspection.

The strictly Orthodox boys' school was subject to a short inspection during its summer term, and given its grading at the beginning of the new school year.


At last - Ofsted praise for a Charedi school

By Simon Rocker, July 21, 2016

A girls' primary school run by one of the most conservative Chasidic groups has been praised by inspectors for teaching about tolerance and respect for others.

Beis Ruchel in Manchester, an independent school for 264 girls aged from three to 11 who are mostly from the Satmar community, has been ranked as good by Ofsted.


School's delight as Ofsted praises improvement

June 9, 2016

Kantor King Solomon High School in Essex has received a significant boost to morale this week after inspectors restored its rank as a good school.

Matthew Slater, who joined as head teacher just over a year ago after a period of uncertainty at the school, said: "We're delighted at the outcome. It shows that the hard work, dedication and commitment of the teaching staff has paid off."


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