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Record for Jewish schools

    Two-Thirds of Jewish schoolchildren in Britain now attend Jewish day schools, a record high.

    Whereas around a quarter of children in the UK go to a faith school, the figure rises to 63 per cent for Jewish children, according to a report published this week by the Board of Deputies and the Institute for Jewish Policy Research.

    The steep rise in enrolment is "remarkable", the report states.

    The proportion of Jewish day school pupils is up three per cent since the last survey, in 2008.

    Related: The unstoppable rise of Jewish schools

    Compared with the 5,200 Jewish children who were attending 26 Jewish schools in the 1950s, there are now 30,900 in 139 schools, the majority strictly Orthodox.

    Jonathan Boyd, JPR executive director, said: "The reasons why it has happened need to be much better understood, not only for the sake of our own community, but also because many other diaspora communities can learn from the British example."

    Gillian Merron, Board chief executive, said: "The continuing growth in demand for Jewish school places is a huge and well-earned vote of confidence."

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