Charlotte Oliver

Interview: Janis Winehouse

By Charlotte Oliver, September 23, 2014

Janis Winehouse threw caution to the wind six months ago when she strapped a parachute to her body and jumped out of a plane flying at more than 13,000 feet. This would be challenging for anybody, but particularly someone struggling with the debilitating effects of Multiple Sclerosis on a daily basis.

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Interview: Amy Bloom

By Charlotte Oliver, September 23, 2014

Who does the letter belong to? Does it carry the same meaning for both the writer and the recipient? And what if it never reaches its final destination?

For American author, Amy Bloom, the unsent letter is just as revealing as the one that arrives on your doorstep. "You think of the letter as existing between the writer and the reader, but of course it exists as soon as it is written.

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Israel's future leaders hitch a ride to Harrow

By Charlotte Oliver, September 23, 2014

On the surface, Israeli teenagers lead markedly different lives to your average British 17-year-old. The desert heat, the imminent army stint, and the threat of rockets mean their daily experiences differ from A-level revision and nights out in Golders Green.

But an Israeli-based education programme, The Young Ambassador School, aims to challenge misconceptions.

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Worry for faith schools as Ofsted continues its no-notice inspections

By Charlotte Oliver, September 23, 2014

Concern has been raised among leading figures in Jewish education that faith schools are being unfairly scrutinised, following Ofsted's onslaught of no-notice inspections.

Last week, news of JFS' downgrading was followed by inspectors turning up at three Jewish schools - Yesodey Hatorah, Hackney; Beis Yaakov, Salford; and Bnois Jerusalem, Hackney.

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Concern over government plan that may force Jewish schools to teach Islam

By Charlotte Oliver, September 21, 2014

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has sparked controversy in Westminster with plans to change the way religion is taught in schools.

Her proposals, reported in the Mail on Sunday, would require every religious studies GCSE student to learn about two religions, rather than just one “world religion” as the course currently stipulates.

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Students get an early taste of university life

By Charlotte Oliver, September 18, 2014

Exam stress, essay deadlines, the horror of cooking your own meals: starting university has its challenges.

But help was at hand last week at JW3 in North London when it opened its doors for UniFest, sponsored by the Pears Foundation with UJS and UJIA, to prepare students for life on campus.

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Head says JFS will do better after critical Ofsted report

By Charlotte Oliver, September 18, 2014

JFS head Jonathan Miller has said that the Ofsted report which raised concerns about safety and behaviour "is not an accurate reflection of the school we know".

But he has promised to address the issues raised by the inspection service.

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Ofsted concern over behaviour at JFS

By Charlotte Oliver, September 16, 2014

School inspectors have voiced serious concerns about behaviour and safety at JFS, Britain’s largest Jewish school.

JFs was downgraded from “outstanding” to a “school that requires improvement” following an unannounced Ofsted inspection.

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JFS loses 'Outstanding' status

By Charlotte Oliver, September 12, 2014

JFS has been downgraded from an “outstanding” school to a “school that requires improvement”, following an unannounced Ofsted inspection two months ago.

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Davis is the No 1 macher

By Charlotte Oliver, September 11, 2014

The wait is over. After four weeks of counting down, the top 10 of the JC Power 100 is revealed today. And there is a new man in pole position - Jewish Leadership Council chairman Mick Davis.

The 56-year-old South African is placed ahead of philanthropist Trevor Pears at number two; two chief rabbis; charity heads; a baroness; a dame and a 350-strong cohort of Limmud volunteers.

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New pledge for children with special needs

By Charlotte Oliver, September 11, 2014

September may mark a fresh start for all schoolchildren, but this year’s biggest change comes for pupils with special educational needs (SEN).

Heralded by the government as a “landmark moment”, the change comes thanks to a pack of newly launched reforms that claim to integrate a child’s education and health needs for the first time in 30 years.

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GCSE at nine for Max, the computer whiz

By Charlotte Oliver, September 5, 2014

Like most nine-year-olds, Max Hoffman likes nothing more than to come home from school and play on his computer.

But unlike most boys his age, Max has a GCSE to back up his interest.

The Rosh Pinah Primary pupil found out in August that he had attained a C grade in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) — after sitting exams designed for students almost double his age in May.

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The man leading from the front of the class

By Charlotte Oliver, September 5, 2014

INTERVIEW - ALASTAIR FALK

Alastair Falk learned some important lessons during his teaching career — not least that having a sense of humour is essential.

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Beheaded Jewish journalist Sotloff was Israeli citizen

By Charlotte Oliver, September 3, 2014

Isis militants have released a video apparently showing one of their members beheading Jewish-American journalist Steven Joel Sotloff.

Mr Sotloff, who was an Israeli citizen, wrote for publications including Time and Foreign Policy. He was abducted in Aleppo, Syria in August 2013.

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Jewish journalist Sotloff apparently beheaded by Isis

By Charlotte Oliver, September 3, 2014

Militants from the Islamic State of Iraq (Isis) released a video last night in which they apparently beheaded the Jewish American journalist Steven Joel Sotloff.

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Yavneh's students hit top form — now it's all about sixth form

By Charlotte Oliver, August 29, 2014

As students laughed and hugged outside Yavneh College, Borehamwood, last Thursday, it was clear the day also belonged to their proud parents, who had no doubt shared in the long spell of revision, stress, and quick-fire exam questions over breakfast and dinner.

Samantha Berman, whose daughter Hollie attained seven A*s and three As, said she was “very proud and very happy”.

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Top marks in his GCSEs - and Oliver didn’t even put pen to paper

By Charlotte Oliver, August 29, 2014

Oliver Sapier’s mother describes him as a “fighter” – a modest appraisal, given his story of triumph.

Born with a chronic bowel condition, the 16-year-old spent the first years of his life in hospital, where doctors were not sure he would live beyond his second birthday.

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How GCSE students woke up to find themselves in dreamland

By Charlotte Oliver, August 28, 2014

Summer holidays are usually a lesson in lazy days, topping up the tan, and getting up as late as possible.

But if there is one day that bucks the trend, GCSE Results Day is it. After all, no other time of the year will see so many 16-year-olds up and alert at six am, anxiously refreshing their computer screens.

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Against the odds: a lesson in willpower

By Charlotte Oliver, August 21, 2014

Jake Geller never thought he would finish school, let alone go to university, after health issues and learning difficulties sapped his confidence.

But the Prestwich student defied all odds to achieve an A and a B at A-level, and a distinction in BTEC science, securing a place to study geography at Manchester Metropolitan University.

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Meet the A-team

By Charlotte Oliver, August 21, 2014

You know the feeling: sleepless night, sweaty palms, unprovoked hysteria. It must be Results Day.

Last Thursday's A-level marks came and went in a flurry of brown paper envelopes, delighted students, and one prevalent cry: "We did it!"

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