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Staff at Satmar school receive training on sexual orientation

A girls school run by one of the most conservative sects in Manchester passes British values test, according to Ofsted

    Staff at a primary girls’ school serving Manchester’s Satmar community have received training about sexual orientation, according to Ofsted.

    Beis Ruchel, which was ranked good by inspectors in 2016 but downgraded to inadequate last year, has now met requirements for teaching British values in independent schools.

    Ofsted previously said the school had offered only limited opportunities for pupils to understand “the full range of people who make up British society, particularly those with different sexualities and gender identities”.

    But, after a follow-up visit, inspectors reported staff had received appropriate training, including on “matters relating to sexual orientation”. 

    Pupils knew there were “different types of relationships and family structures”. 

    But Ofsted noted the Chasidic school’s action plan “did not identify clearly how the school is to develop pupils’ knowledge and understanding of people with different gender identities or sexual orientation”.

    Another Charedi independent school in Manchester was this week praised for its warm, family atmosphere and “rich” curriculum.

    Tiferes, which has rapidly grown from five girls in 2008 to 308 aged from three to 13, was rated outstanding for the personal development of pupils and good in every other aspect.

    All groups of pupils did well, inspectors said, with year-six girls attaining “above average” results in reading, grammar, writing and maths. The plan is to extend to GCSE age when girls will take exams in up to eight subjects.

    “Pupils have a deep understanding of tolerance and equality, which lie at the heart of British values,” Ofsted said.

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