Min­is­ter praises Jewish schools’ high stan­dards

The Jewish Chronicle - - Community - BY ROBYNROSEN

SCHOOLS SEC­RE­TARY Ed Balls has praised the work of faith schools and em­pha­sised the “high stan­dards” he has seen at Jewish schools.

Mr Balls ad­dressed more than 150 faith school teach­ers dur­ing the Keep­ing Faith in the Sys­tem con­fer­ence this week in cen­tral Lon­don. Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Hertsmere Jewish Pri­mary School, Beis Yaakov High School, Sal­ford and Clore Tikva School in Il­ford were among those who at­tended.

Mr Balls said: “Faith schools have strong lead­er­ship, are part of the wider com­mu­nity and make sure each child suc­ceeds, while main­tain­ing an ethos of the high­est as­pi­ra­tions for ev­ery pupil.”

Dur­ing his speech, he high­lighted the work of Yavneh Col­lege in Bore­ham­wood and said that when he at­tended its open­ing day, he felt “stag­gered” by those in­volved, who were com­pletely “com­mit­ted to ed­u­ca­tion and ex­cel­lence among young peo­ple”.

He also praised JCoSS, due to open in Bar­net next year and avail­able to all pupils who con­sider them­selves to be Jewish, which he said will “drive for the high­est stan­dards and in­clu­sion”.

Daniel Mar­cus, deputy head­teacher at Yavneh Col­lege, said there is al­ways a con­cern that chil­dren at faith schools will lose ex­po­sure to other commu- ni­ties. He said: “To en­sure that there isn’t a pos­si­bil­ity of be­com­ing in­su­lar, we al­ways need to make sure peo­ple meet those out­side their own re­li­gion. Without this, we only give them half the pic­ture.”

Mean­while Mr Balls also an­nounced that his depart­ment would be pro­vid­ing £50,000 worth of fund­ing to the Schools Link­ing Net­work to sup­port more link projects in­volv­ing dif­fer­ent faith schools.

Al­most 70 faith schools, in­clud­ing a num­ber of Jewish schools, have joined the SLN, which part­ners faith schools. Mr Balls said he wanted “to see more of th­ese part­ner­ships as part of our com­mit­ment to Faith in the Sys­tem”.

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