Family & Education

Jewish educational leader gets a seat on board of Ofsted

Rabbi David Meyer, head of PaJeS, will join the inspectorate's top table


The executive director of the Jewish schools’ network, PaJeS, Rabbi David Meyer has been appointed to the board of Ofsted.

The former head of Hasmonean High School is one of a number of new appointees to the inspectorate’s supervisory body who will work for it around four weeks a year.

Rabbi Meyer said he was "honoured to have been appointed to this role. I have had the privilege of working closely with the DfE and Ofsted in my current position at PaJeS. I look forward to building on these relationships and I hope that I will be able to add value to the important work that Ofsted does."

Sarah Anticoni, PaJeS chair, added, "This appointment is a clear recognition of Rabbi Meyer’s expertise in the education sector. He continues in his role as executive director of PaJes representing Jewish schools at the very highest level.”

His appointment will be welcomed within Jewish educational circles in ensuring that there is a sympathetic voice towards faith schools at Ofsted’s top table.

PaJeS has in the past been prepared to take issue with Ofsted, in particular over its treatment of some Charedi schools.

But it is not only the Charedi sector that has voiced concerns. Joshua Rowe, the chairman of the King David High School in Manchester, which was downgraded from outstanding to inadequate earlier this year, has criticised the “muscular liberalism” championed by Ofsted chief inspector Amanda Spielman.

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