Charlotte Oliver

The programme making sure that no child is left behind

By Charlotte Oliver, September 4, 2015

It can be easy to fixate on grades - not least during the summer, when A-Level and GCSE results risk condensing a student's achievements to letters marked inside an envelope.

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Oliver Sacks: Rebel with a cause

By Charlotte Oliver, September 3, 2015

"And now, weak, short of breath, my once-firm muscles melted away, I find my thoughts not on the supernatural or spiritual, but on what is meant by living a good and worthwhile life - achieving a sense of peace within oneself."

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School rejects report that it is teaching three-year-olds that ‘non-Jews are evil’

By Charlotte Oliver, September 2, 2015

Reports that children at a strictly Orthodox school are being taught that “non-Jews are evil” are “wrong, false” and “sensational”, according to the school.

The Independent newspaper reported that the Beis Rochel D’Satmar Girls’ school in Hackney, east London, was using a worksheet aimed at “British three-year-olds” which made no distinction between Nazis and non-Jews.

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Israel gap years are back on the map for school-leavers

By Charlotte Oliver, September 1, 2015

"There was only one word for it - biblical".

Noah Bickler is recalling his gap year in Israel, a time learning Hebrew, studying Zionism and the nuances of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict combined with eye-opening trips around the country.

He has particularly fond memories of trekking in the Negev. "Every night, it was just us and the desert," he remembered. "It was breathtaking."

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Three months in hospital is no barrier to success as Ryan notches up A*s and As

By Charlotte Oliver, August 27, 2015

For any GCSE pupil, achieving four A*s (including an A* with distinction), six As and a B is no mean feat. But to do so having missed three months of school is almost unthinkable.

Not if you ask Ryan Grossman, a year 11 student at King David High School in Manchester, who sat his exams in June after spending three months in hospital from December to March of this year.

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Schepping naches at their school gates

By Charlotte Oliver, August 27, 2015

As GCSE results flooded in on Thursday morning, parental pride was at an all-time high.

At JCoSS, Maddison Giller, 16, said she was "so happy that all the hard work had work paid off". Her mother, Lisa Giller, revealed: "It has been hideous. I should have bought myself a tranquiliser."

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‘Hard work and determination’ sends GCSE results soaring

By Charlotte Oliver, August 27, 2015

The wait was finally over last Thursday for thousands of Jewish students, who woke up bright and early to receive their GCSE results.

JFS in Kenton celebrated "excellent results", with 50 per cent graded A* or A. A third of all students gained an A* or A in at least seven subjects.

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Government pledges commitment to preserve Hebrew GCSE and A Level

By Charlotte Oliver, August 26, 2015

The government has pledged its commitment to preserving Hebrew as a GCSE and A Level subject in a meeting with the Board of Deputies.

Department for Education minister Nick Gibb met the Board’s chief executive Gillian Merron, public affairs director Phil Rosenberg and education policy manage Sara Perlmutter on Monday to discuss how they could protect the subject from being axed.

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Students see stars as their A-Level results roll in

By Charlotte Oliver, August 20, 2015

Sleepless nights, constantly checking computers for university offers, endlessly visualising essay questions - and that was just the parents.

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University and travelling await - after a night out

By Charlotte Oliver, August 20, 2015

As A-Level results arrived on Thursday, talk turned to post-school plans, with students finally able to fixate on the future.

At JFS, Ella Taylor, 18, said she was looking forward to studying history at Oxford. "I didn't think I was going to make the offer," she revealed. "I've been seriously lacking sleep all summer."

Maytar Ronel said she was "completely surprised by my results".

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'Excellent GCSE results' for Jewish pupils

By Charlotte Oliver, August 20, 2015

The wait was finally over this morning for thousands of Jewish students, who woke up bright and early to receive their GCSE results.

And not to be outdone by last week’s A-Levels, Year 11 pupils followed suit by gaining impressive marks across the board.

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Reform movement releases prayer to honour Queen as longest-reigning sovereign

By Charlotte Oliver, August 18, 2015

A prayer that honours Queen Elizabeth as the longest-reigning British monarch has been released by the Reform movement to mark the royal milestone in September.

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It is time to hush up the fear of exams and envelopes

By Charlotte Oliver, August 18, 2015

Envelopes still make me anxious.

Eight years may have passed since I sat my A-Levels – but believe me, the foreboding still festers.

I feel it as summertime beckons and April showers slip into the month of May, bringing with it the haunting flashback of devising revision timetables and committing myself to life chez library.

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Scottish government investigates Nazi-loot claim

By Charlotte Oliver, August 17, 2015

The Scottish government has opened an inquiry to find out whether a chandelier hanging in the first minister’s official residence was looted by the Nazis.

According to official records, the chandelier, which hangs in the drawing room of Bute House in Edinburgh, was found abandoned in a street in northern Germany in 1945 by English decorator Felix Harbord.

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Higgins and envoy meet

By Charlotte Oliver, August 13, 2015

Irish president Michael Higgins met the outgoing Israeli Ambassador in Dublin on Wednesday, after complaints that he had failed to invite the envoy sooner for a valedictory reception.

Mr Higgins invited Boaz Modai to his home following uproar from the Israeli Embassy and the lobby group Irish for Israel.

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Now A-Levels are over, get a helping hand at university life

By Charlotte Oliver, August 13, 2015

AS and A-Level results were published on Thursday, hopefully turning the majority of conditional university offers into guaranteed places and, as a result, heralding new chapters in school leavers' lives.

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Jewish students celebrate A-Level exam results success

By Charlotte Oliver, August 13, 2015

It was a morning of tears, hugs and heavy sighs of relief on Thursday, as Jewish students celebrated their stellar A-Level results.

JFS in Kenton, north west London, reported an “outstanding” year, with a record number of A*s and As achieved. Almost 50 per cent of all results were either A* or A, while 70 students out of 258 got at least an A in all three A-Levels.

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International forum launches for LGBTQ Jews

By Charlotte Oliver, August 12, 2015

More than 60 Jewish activists from around the world have gathered in Austria to launch an international forum aiming to further the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) communities.

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Former president avoids court date as AMIA investigation goes on

By Charlotte Oliver, August 12, 2015

The former president of Argentina has been charged with derailing an investigation into the bombing of a Jewish centre that killed 85 people more than two decades ago.

Carlos Menem, who served as president between 1989 and 1999, is one of 13 people accused of covering up Argentina's worst terrorist attack.

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School involved in Chasidic sect’s ban on women drivers is rejected for state aid

By Charlotte Oliver, August 10, 2015

A Chasidic school in north London which earlier this year threatened to ban pupils whose mothers drive has had an application to become state-aided rejected.

Beis Malka girls’ school, one of two schools runs by the Belz Chasidic sect in Stamford Hill, learned this week that Hackney Council had decided against granting it the status of a voluntary-aided, maintained school.

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