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Pikuach Director Jeffrey Leader awarded MBE for services to education

Pikuach Director Jeffrey Leader has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for his work in education, including Pikuach, the Board of Deputies, Jewish schools inspection service. Jeffrey said: “I’m surprised, humbled and honoured to receive this award. I have an overriding passion for the community and the education of its children. So […]

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New Pikuach handbook ‘to focus on children’s spiritual development’

The Board of Deputies Pikuach inspection service is launching revised guidelines for schools’ Jewish Studies inspections, with a strong  focus on the spiritual development of pupils in Jewish schools. The new Pikuach Inspection Handbook, which will go out to Jewish schools, this summer, replaces one drawn up four years ago. It takes a far closer […]

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Photograph of shop workers relaxing in a Burton’s company sunroom discovered as part of new ‘Hidden Treasures’ website, helping to tell the story of Jews in Britain.  

A photograph of shop workers in Leeds relaxing in a solarium belonging to the Burton Menswear company is just one of the discoveries relating to Jewish life in Britain featured on the new Hidden Treasures website. The first shop was opened by Jewish immigrant Montague Burton in 1904 and Burton’s went on to become one […]

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Jewish groups intervene to allow student’s exam to be moved from Shavuot

A Jewish student at King’s College London has had their examination date moved from the Jewish festival of Shavuot thanks to an intervention from the Board of Deputies and University Jewish Chaplaincy. Previously the student was only given the alternative of sitting the exam in August during the summer holidays, which may have penalised the […]

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Pikuach inspections postponed

Pikuach Director Jeffrey Leader has commented on the postponement of visits by the religious education inspection service. He said “The Department for Education have announced that Ofsted have suspended routine inspections for schools during this period of uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Last week, we postponed all Pikuach inspections for this term and the […]

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Community meets Universities Minister Michelle Donelan for talks on antisemitism, security and religious freedom

Following the cabinet reshuffle last month, the Board of Deputies covened a meeting this week with the new Universities Minister, Michelle Donelan. Vice President of the Board of Deputies Amanda Bowman led a delegation of Jewish communal organisations, with colleagues from the Union of Jewish Students, the Jewish Leadership Council, the Community Security Trust and […]

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Board of Deputies Vice President praises Bristol University for adopting international definition of antisemitism

Board of Deputies Vice President Amanda Bowman has commented on the news that the University of Bristol has adopted the internationally recognised definition of antisemitism: She said: “Bristol University has taken an important first step towards protecting Jewish students, academics and staff in adopting the IHRA definition of antisemitism in full. The definition, with its […]

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Teaching Judaism GCSE – The Definitive Conference

The Board of Deputies is proud to announce ‘Teaching Judaism GCSE’, a conference for everything you need in order to deliver Judaism GCSE to a high standard. This essential one-day conference, which includes panels, workshops, lectures and interactive sessions, will be delivered by leading Jewish authorities in Religious Education and representatives from the exam boards. […]

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Jewish community organisations meet Education Secretary Gavin Williamson

Jewish community organisations this week held a meeting with the Secretary of State for Education Gavin Williamson, arranged by the Board of Deputies. Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl led the delegation, which comprised colleagues from the Jewish representative organisations at the Department for Education’s Faith School Providers Group. Those represented were the […]

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Board of Deputies wishes ‘every success’ to A Level students

Board of Deputies Chief Executive Gillian Merron has sent a message to all those who have received their  A and AS Level results today. She said: “The Board of Deputies wishes every success to those receiving their GCE A and AS Level results today. We hope that pupils and schools received the results that they […]

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Board of Deputies welcomes Chris Skidmore’s announcement that universities must do more to stamp out antisemitism

 Vice President Amanda Bowman has welcomed the Universities Minister Chris Skidmore’s announcement on antisemitism in higher education. Mr Skidmore has called on all institutions to adopt the IHRA definition of antisemitism and said it is ‘unjust’ to make Jewish societies pay additional security costs for events. His announcement follows guidance published this year to protect […]

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Board of Deputies responds to new Independent School Standards

In response to the announcement of the new Independent School Standards, Board of Deputies Vice President Edwin Shuker said: “The new Independent School Standards are the marker by which independent Jewish schools will be inspected, the vast majority of which are in the strictly Orthodox sector. “The government has taken on board the perspectives put […]

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Board of Deputies reacts to Government home schooling register plan

The Board of Deputies has reacted to Government plans to launch a new register of children in England who are being educated at home. A spokesperson said: “The Board of Deputies supports high safeguarding and academic standards for all children, wherever they are being educated. The proposed legislation, though, may be seen by some, particularly […]

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Exhibition on the Jewish way of life launches at St Albans Cathedral

Hundreds of Hertfordshire schoolchildren are learning about the Jewish way of life this week following the launch of  the Jewish Living Experience Exhibition at St Albans Cathedral. Visitors will gain an insight into the basics of the festivals, as well as Shabbat (the Jewish Sabbath) the principles of kosher food and how Jewish children undertake […]

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Jewish Living Experience exhibition is launched in Norwich

Hundreds of Norfolk schoolchildren and members of the public will be learning about the Jewish way of life this month following the launch of the Jewish Living Experience (JLE) at Norwich Cathedral last week. Children from all over the region will attend the JLE, which is aimed primarily at school groups and enables visitors to […]

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Board of Deputies welcomes IHRA adoption by the Office for Students

The Board of Deputies of British Jews has welcomed the announcement by the universities regulator, the Office for Students (OFS), that it is adopting the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) Definition of Antisemitism. This is the result of a series of engagements between the OFS and the Board of Deputies that has also involved the […]

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Teachers learn about all aspects of Judaism at London conference

More than 50 GCSE RE teachers and professionals from around the country attended a Teaching Judaism conference yesterday at Western Marble Arch Synagogue to learn about all facets of Jewish Life. Teachers at the seminar, organised by the Board of Deputies of British Jews and Partnership for Jewish Schools, heard introductions by Board of Deputies […]

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Commission on RE report is fundamentally flawed

Board of Deputies Vice President Edwin Shuker has criticised the Commission on RE Report, Religion and Worldviews as “fundamentally flawed”. He said: “While the commission’s focus on religious education is timely and the provision of extra teacher training is to be welcomed, the report is fundamentally undermined by the dilution of religious education through the […]

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Jewish Living Experience exhibition is launched at Manchester Cathedral

Hundreds of Manchester schoolchildren and members of the public will be learning about the Jewish way of life this month following the launch of the Jewish Living Experience (JLE) exhibition at the city’s cathedral on Monday. Children from all over the region will attend the JLE, which is sponsored by Mark Addlestone. It is aimed […]

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Jewish Living Experience exhibition is launched in Hertsmere

Hundreds of Hertfordshire schoolchildren and members of the public will be learning about the Jewish way of life this month following the launch of the Jewish Living Experience (JLE) Exhibition in Borehamwood last night. The event at Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue was attended by the Elstree and Borehamwood Town Mayor Cllr Eric Silver, Borehamwood and […]

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Board of Deputies launches programme to train outreach ambassadors

More than 100 delegates and professionals attended a Board of Deputies training day this week for a new national initiative to train volunteer Judaism outreach ambassadors. The training launch seminar, hosted by the Jewish Museum in London, consisted of workshops and one-to-one sessions with experts. These included author and educationalist Clive Lawton, Pikuach Director Jeffrey […]

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Judaism GCSE Religious Studies – The Definitive Resource. Order your copy here

An educational resource – the definitive guide for those teaching Judaism in GCSE Religious Studies – is available now. Entitled, ‘Judaism GCSE Religious Studies – The Definitive Resource’, it provides an unbiased description of the diversity within the Jewish community, and highlights the issues that are of most importance. The 140-page resource is designed to […]

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Jewish Living Experience exhibition is launched in Hove

Thousands of Sussex schoolchildren will learn about the Jewish way of life following the launch of the Jewish Living Experience exhibition in Hove this week. The launch, which was held at the Ralli Hall in Hove, was organised by the newly formed Sussex Outreach group, led by Deputy Nick Beck from Brighton and Hove Reform […]

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A journey through Jewish life

The Board of Deputies is looking for communities who are willing to host our Jewish Living Experience exhibition. The mobile travelling exhibition is aimed primarily at school groups and enables visitors to to gain an insight into Judaism as a living faith. We are also looking for volunteers  to help us to stage our Jewish […]

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Sir Eric Pickles launches nationwide consultation for Holocaust memorial

Sir Eric Pickles MP, the Post-Holocaust Special Envoy, launched a nationwide consultation on the UK Holocaust Memorial in London at Sunday’s Board of Deputies meeting. In introducing an exhibition which features the many of the designs submitted for the memorial to be sited in central London, Sir Eric said: “This exhibition recognises that the Holocaust […]

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Northern Ireland to introduce ‘Lessons from Auschwitz’ educational project

Board of Deputies President Jonathan Arkush has warmly welcomed the decision of the Northern Ireland Executive to fund the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Lessons from Auschwitz project in the week in which  Holocaust Memorial Day is commemorated. Jonathan said: “This was one ‘Ten Commitments’ that the Board of Deputies and the Belfast Jewish Community asked from incoming Members […]

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Jewish Living Exhibition launches at St Albans Cathedral

Hundreds of Hertfordshire schoolchildren and members of the public will be learning about the Jewish way of life this week following the launch of the Jewish Living Experience (JLE) Exhibition at St Albans Cathedral last night. The event at the Cathedral was attended by the Deputy Lieutenant of Hertfordshire Robert Voss CBE. Speaking were the […]

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Jewish Living Exhibition gives Welsh schoolchildren an insight into Judaism

Welsh schoolchildren are discovering about the Jewish way of life this week following the launch of The Board of Deputies Jewish Living Experience (JLE) exhibition in Wrexham, North Wales. The opening at Coleg Cambria was attended by Welsh assembly member Mark Isherwood AM, the Mayor and Mayoress of Wrexham, the college principal and governors plus […]

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Jonathan Miller appointed Chair of Pikuach inspection service

Executive Director of the London School of Jewish Studies Jonathan Miller has been appointed the new chair of the Board of Deputies’ inspection service, Pikuach, taking over from Joan Jacobs. Jonathan spent more than 30 years as a teacher at JFS, the last eight as headteacher. He will be overseeing the strategy and development of […]

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Education Outreach Programmes Educating broader society about Judaism and the Jewish way of life The Jewish Living Experience Exhibition The Jewish Living Experience is an interactive travelling exhibition which teaches about the Jewish way of life. Aimed primarily at school groups, but suitable for all ages, it enables visitors to gain an insight into Judaism […]

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Schools Minister meets Board of Deputies team

Minister for School Standards Nick Gibb and Lord Nash, Under Secretary for the School System, this week met Board of Deputies Chief Executive Gillian Merron and the education team for talks about issues of concern to the Jewish community. Mr Gibb and Lord Nash both received copies of the Board of Deputies’ new book, entitled Judaism GCSE […]

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A new approach for Pikuach

By Jeffrey Leader Since its first publication in 1996 the Pikuach Framework for Inspection has closely mirrored its Ofsted counterpart. There were good reasons for this. Firstly, schools felt comfortable responding to a framework that they were familiar with having been through the Ofsted ‘experience.’ They also felt that an Ofsted model for the inspection […]

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