Charlotte Oliver

Families do their homework on life at university

By Charlotte Oliver, February 4, 2016

From securing kosher accommodation on campus to dealing with anti-Israel demonstrations, a student's transition from school to university can spark apprehension and worry - not least for their parents.

But more than 130 sixth- form pupils and their parents had their concerns eased on Tuesday at the UJIA and UJS annual university information evening.

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Refugee's story becomes school computer game

By Charlotte Oliver, February 4, 2016

A refugee whose family made a perilous journey across eastern Europe to escape the Nazis has seen her life transformed into an educational computer game.

Students from Glasgow Caledonian University have teamed up with Gathering the Voices, an organisation that collects the stories of survivors who settled in Scotland, to design the game, which is based on the life of Marion Camrass.

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'We are responding to a crisis,' says the man behind new high school plan

By Charlotte Oliver, February 4, 2016

Plans to create a new state-aided Orthodox Jewish secondary school in Barnet have been set in motion as a reaction to the community's "significant shortage in places," its founder has said.

Andrew Rotenberg, chairman of Rosh Pinah Jewish Primary in Edgware, announced his proposal to launch Kedem High School this week, alongside Rosh Pinah's principal, Rabbi David Lister.

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Yavneh issues new data for entry figures

By Charlotte Oliver, January 28, 2016

A Jewish school has issued a new table of data showing the likely effect on admissions of proposals to end its feeder school system.

Yavneh College produced the new table after parents argued that an original set of statistics showed that some families would lose out under the proposed new arrangement.

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School admissions plan will put communities’ futures at risk, say rabbis

By Charlotte Oliver, January 27, 2016

Three United Synagogue rabbis have warned that a Jewish secondary school’s plan to change its admissions policy could spell disaster for thriving communities in Hertfordshire.

The rabbis — Meir Salasnik of Bushey, Jonathan Hughes of Radlett and Ephraim Levine of Watford — said Yavneh College’s proposal to end its feeder school system would mean an exodus of young families.

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Figures show no reduction in Yavneh places for Hertfordshire parents

By Charlotte Oliver, January 25, 2016

Claims made by parents that Yavneh College’s proposal to remove feeder schools benefited only families living in Borehamwood and Elstree were based on a serious misreading of data, the school has explained.

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More teachers and more training needed for Holocaust education, say MPs

By Charlotte Oliver, January 23, 2016

More teachers need to be trained to teach the Holocaust, according to a report published today by the Education Select Committee.

It said that more attention should be paid to spreading Holocaust education to include other subjects in schools besides history, such as English, drama and PSHE.

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Jewish schools outstrip national average in GCSE and A-Level results

By Charlotte Oliver, January 22, 2016

Jewish schools continue to perform well on a national level in their A-Level and GCSE results, according to the government’s latest round of school league tables.

The results, which were released last week, were based on 2015 national exam results, and show that all mainstream Jewish schools are out-performing national averages.

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MPs protest against government's plans to regulate non-school, religious settings

By Charlotte Oliver, January 21, 2016

More than 20 MPs have protested against the government’s plans to regulate and inspect non-school settings, which could potentially include cheder classes, Sunday schools and Islamic madrassas – labelling the proposals “fundamentally illiberal”.

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Parents challenge Yavneh College's plan to remove feeder school system

By Charlotte Oliver, January 21, 2016

This article was written based on a misreading of figures. For a correct interpretation of the data, please see this article

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Shadow Education Secretary pledges support for Jewish schools in Board meeting

By Charlotte Oliver, January 20, 2016

Shadow Education Secretary Lucy Powell has pledged Labour’s support for Jewish schools in a meeting with the Board of Deputies.

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Almost half of UK population have no religion, survey finds

By Charlotte Oliver, January 17, 2016

A large proportion of people in the UK say they have no religion, a YouGov survey has revealed.

Research carried out by Lancaster University on behalf of YouGov found that 46 per cent of adults of all backgrounds say they have no religion, while 42 per cent call themselves Christians.

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Board of Deputies president Jonathan Arkush to meet Vladimir Putin

By Charlotte Oliver, January 17, 2016

Board of Deputies president Jonathan Arkush is to be part of an international delegation that will meet Vladimir Putin in Moscow next week.

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We will work for more women leaders in community, says Board president Jonathan Arkush

By Charlotte Oliver, January 17, 2016

The Board of Deputies will raise the issue of gender imbalance on communal panels during its next constitutional review, Jonathan Arkush has said.

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Only 'Zionists and warmongers' against Iran's new nuclear deal, says Rouhani

By Charlotte Oliver, January 17, 2016

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has praised his new nuclear deal with world powers as a “golden page” in the country’s history - adding that it was only opposed by “Zionists and warmongers”.

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Finally, a positive step for tackling mental health in schools

By Charlotte Oliver, January 14, 2016

Ten years ago, I was nearing the end of my time at a high-ranking all-girls’ school widely known for two things: its excellent academic results, and its high volume of pupils who suffered from eating disorders.

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WJR plan to help Syrians get UK jobs

By Charlotte Oliver, January 14, 2016

World Jewish Relief (WJR) will help more than 1,000 Syrian refugees acclimatise to life on British soil in a new five-year initiative, it has been revealed.

The charity, which until now has devoted its time to providing relief and aid overseas, said it was turning its attention to helping refugees in the UK following "calls to act from our supporters and the wider Jewish community".

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Campaigner who is opening minds to mental health

By Charlotte Oliver, January 14, 2016

Eight years ago, Jonny Benjamin scaled the railings of Waterloo Bridge, ready to take his own life by jumping into the River Thames.

The then 20-year old, a former JFS pupil, had recently been diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder - a form of schizophrenia - and, overwhelmed by the stigma of his condition, felt that life had become unbearable.

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The nursery headteacher whose past has shaped her pupils' futures

By Charlotte Oliver, January 7, 2016

Some educators teach to live, while others live to teach; Geraldine Maidment would fall into the latter camp, so fixed is she to the foundations of Annemount School.

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Menorah High School for Girls granted voluntary aided status

By Charlotte Oliver, January 7, 2016

Menorah High School for Girls, an independent strictly Orthodox secondary school in Dollis Hill, north-west London, has been granted voluntary aided status by Barnet Council – despite it being located in Brent.

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