The London School of Jewish Studies is to launch a helpline immediately after Pesach to support teachers trying to cope with the challenges of distancing learning.
Its team of educators will be on hand to offer on advice on anything from the practical use of technology to teaching arts and crafts or languages online.
LSJS’s teaching training programmes already include a distance learning option.
The helpline will be open both to students and graduates of LSJS as well as any teacher looking for support.
Dr Helena Miller, LSJS senior lecturer in education who is lead for its online master’s degree, said, “We are mindful of the strains that teachers are under.
“We know that Pajes and schools themselves are already providing exceptional support and we want to be there to provide whatever we can to assist in this difficult time, using the wide ranging expertise that we have within our team.”
LSJS chief executive Joanne Greenaway added, “Our team is already providing additional support to trainee teachers who have been left without schools in which to complete their practical training, ensuring they are able to qualify and take up positions when schools reopen”.
LSJS is already offering an online informal learning programme, which included a virtual Pesach ramble to the British Museum led by its dean Rabbi Raphael Zarum.