Nicky Morgan considers call for private school security funding


The Department for Education is considering a request from Jewish leaders and MPs to help fund security at independent Jewish schools.

State-aided Jewish schools already benefit from a £2 million annual grant towards their security costs provided by the government since 2010.

But a delegation which met Education Secretary Nicky Morgan on Monday pressed the case for additional money to cover the private sector.

A DFE spokesman said that Ms Morgan had asked the Community Security Trust “to provide us with further information on what more support they believe is necessary to ensure all young people and school staff are kept safe”.

A CST source said Ms Morgan had been “ very receptive to the concerns of the community”.
He added that the CST was asked “to immediately assess what else was needed at the current time across all Jewish communities and at all of our schools.

“The Secretary of State stressed that security for the Jewish community is a matter for mutual co-operation across government and opposition, and across government departments.”

CST chief executive David Delew was accompanied by Board of Deputies chief executive Gillian Merron, MPs David Lammy and Mike Freer and strictly Orthodox school representative Rabbi Avrohom Pinter.

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