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Writing exclusively for the JC, Prime Minister David Cameron has said Jewish free schools can be a leading part of the biggest shake-up of education in this country in a generation. Free schools are independent schools within the state sector – free for the children who go there.
Updated: Sep. 11, 2013
Designing a Curriculum Model for the Teaching of the Bible in UK Jewish Secondary Schools: A Case Study
This paper describes the process of designing a curriculum model for Bible teaching in UK Jewish secondary schools. This model was designed over the period 2008–2010 by a team of curriculum specialists from the Jewish Curriculum Partnership UK in collaboration with a group of teachers from Jewish secondary schools.
Updated: Sep. 01, 2013
On May 1, 2013 over 50 teachers from 24 Schools and 7 organizations in the UK attended the Naomi Prawer Kadar: Digital Technology Conference for Primary Jewish Studies Teachers in London. The conference was co-sponsored by World ORT and Jewish Interactive UK.
Updated: May. 16, 2013
The government’s planned exclusion of Hebrew from a list of officially recognized languages for UK primary schools could damage Jewish education, the Board of Deputies warned this week. UK Education Minister announced plans last month to make it compulsory, from September 2014, to teach a foreign language to children aged seven to 11. Schools would be required to offer at least one of only seven recognized languages, excluding Hebrew.
Updated: Dec. 31, 2012
Miriam Shaviv bemoans the 'brain-drain' of many of the UK's top educational talent to Jewish schools in the US, Canada and Australia. Although, Jewish school enrollment in the UK has doubled to 26,000 in the last decades, top Jewish school educators do not enjoy professional support and pay as do their colleagues abroad. Thus many of them are lured to leave the UK to head top Jewish institutions abroad.
Updated: Aug. 09, 2012
After David Hazony returned from Limmud UK Conference, he writes why he thinks that Limmud presents an imminent threat to established Jewish life. Limmud puts the core of Jewish identity back where it was always meant to be — in direct engagement with content. It is one of today's greatest sources of Jewish spiritual inspiration, intellectual growth and artistic expression.
Updated: Mar. 05, 2012
This year, a record number of nearly 2,500 people from places as far and wide as Shanghai and Cape Town, New York and Budapest came to the Limmud conference at Warwick University between December 23 – 29, 2011 to take part in nearly 1000 talks, lectures and workshops on all things Jewish. They chose from over 20 sessions taking place simultaneously, encompassing everything from lectures on the connection between Spinoza and the Kotzker Rebbe to Scottish-Jewish folk dancing workshops.
Updated: Jan. 10, 2012
In June 2005, the Lookstein Center for Jewish Education at Bar-Ilan University in Ramat Gan, Israel was approached by the United Jewish Israel Appeal (UJIA) of the UK to design a Scoping Paper outlining the Jewish studies curriculum expectations of graduates from central orthodox day schools in the UK. This work was to provide the foundations for intensive curriculum work in Jewish studies in these schools. The paper focuses on the process by which these curriculum expectations were reached.
Updated: Aug. 31, 2011
Over 100 people took part in the UK's first ever conference on research in Jewish education on Thursday 29 April 2010. The all-day event at the Avenue House Estate in Finchley was organised by UJIA and attended by leading education practitioners, academics and students.
Updated: May. 23, 2010
In her series of proposals to transform the British Jewish community, Miriam Shaviv writes of her father's idea to create a UK Centre for Jewish Education. This would be a national in-service training and resource centre serving all schools and would produce curricular and teaching materials. Under the direction of a small permanent staff, teams of teachers could be seconded to the centre to work on practical projects.
Updated: Apr. 21, 2010