Pikuach praised at in­spec­tors’ grad­u­a­tion

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY CHAR­LOTTE OLIVER

PIKUACH, THE Board of Deputies’ in­spec­tion ser­vice, cel­e­brated its 20th an­niver­sary last Thurs­day with a grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony for its new stream of qual­i­fied in­spec­tors.

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis ad­dressed at­ten­dees, de­scrib­ing Pikuach as “an ab­so­lute bless­ing for our schools” and prais­ing its di­rec­tor Jef­frey Leader as “an in­cred­i­ble source of in­spi­ra­tion for our com­mu­nity at so many dif­fer­ent lev­els”.

Mr Leader then told the 50 guests, who in­cluded Board pres­i­dent Jonathan Arkush and Of­sted’s di­rec­tor of education Sean Har­ford, that, since the in­spec­tion ser­vice was launched 20 years ago, it has car­ried out al­most 200 in­spec­tions, en­sur­ing that the 50 vol­un­tary-aided Jewish schools in the coun­try are held to ac­count.

In re­cent years, it has also trained mem­bers of the Sikh com­mu­nity to carry out the same in­spec­tions in­side their own faith schools.

Pikuach now boasts 30 in­spec­tors, most of whom have been or con­tinue to be in se­nior lead­er­ship roles at Jewish schools.

Mr Leader said the ser­vice’s next aim was to find a way to as­sess the im­pact of Jewish education on a child’s life. He ex­plained: “The chil­dren we speak to might be able to an­swer the knowl­edge-based ques­tions, but a knowl­edge­able Jew isn’t nec­es­sar­ily a com­mit­ted Jew.”

Grad­u­a­tion cer­tifi­cates were pre­sented by Mr Har­ford, who called it “an hon­our and a priv­i­lege”.

Mr Har­ford said he was par­tic­u­larly im­pressed by Pikuach’s work with Sikh in­spec­tors, call­ing the joint train­ing scheme “some­thing to cel­e­brate”.

Pikuach chair Joan Jacobs, Jonathan Arkush, Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, Sean Har­ford and newly-qual­i­fied Sikh school in­spec­tors

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