SCHOOL LESSONS

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMENT&ANALYSIS -

I at­tended the Board of Deputies meet­ing with Jim Knight, Min­is­ter of State for Schools, to con­sider the is­sues sur­round­ing Jewish schools and ad­mis­sions ( JC, April 4 and 11).

Mr Knight was rea­son­able and cer­tainly lis­tened to many valid points, but I could not help won­der­ing whether he and the civil ser­vants writ­ing pol­icy un­der­stood what it means to be an Ortho­dox Jew.

As one out­side of the faith, with ex­pe­ri­ence as head of seven schools, I recog­nise that the suc­cess of schools such as Has­monean is not based on whether we have the cor­rect phrases on our ad­mis­sions forms but on the fact that the young peo­ple at our school are grow­ing up in a com­mu­nity where val­ues and stan­dards that have held se­cure for gen­er­a­tions are an in­te­gral part of their daily lives and where there is a real be­lief in ed­u­ca­tion and life-long learn­ing.

Rather than have a go at schools like Has­monean, I sug­gested to the min­is­ter that he should work with us to ex­plore how we could sup­port and strengthen other ar­eas of ed­u­ca­tion. Mr D Fuller Ex­ec­u­tive head­teacher Has­monean High School, Lon­don NW4

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