DfE pon­ders fu­ture of Belz Hack­ney schools

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY - BY CHAR­LOTTE OLIVER

THE DEPART­MENT for Ed­u­ca­tion is con­sid­er­ing the fu­ture of two Cha­sidic schools in Hack­ney fol­low­ing emer­gency Of­sted in­spec­tions it re­quested.

Beis Malka and Tal­mud To­rah Machzikei Hadass were at the cen­tre of con­tro­versy in the spring af­ter lead­ers of the Belz sect threat­ened to ban pupils whose moth­ers drove them to school as it breached tra­di­tions of mod­esty.

The DfE said this week: “We are cur­rently con­sid­er­ing Of­sted’s re­port and our next steps. In­de­pen­dent schools must meet the In­de­pen­dent School Stan­dards and those that fail to do so must im­prove or close.”

Of­sted only in­spects in­de­pen­dent schools at the di­rec­tion of the DfE. A spokesper­son for the in­spec­torate ex­plained that this might be be­cause of “par­tic­u­lar con­cerns.

“Of­sted must re­port on a school’s com­pli­ance with the stan­dards in any in­spec­tion of an in­de­pen­dent school. Part One of the stan­dards, qual­ity of ed­u­ca­tion, in­cludes a re­quire­ment for a school’s cur­ricu­lum to en­cour­age ‘re­spect for other peo­ple, pay­ing par­tic­u­lar re­gard to the pro­tected char­ac­ter­is­tics set out in the 2010 Act’.”

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