Cash boost for special needs youngsters
SEVEN GREATER Manchester-based Jewish schools and educational service providers are to share £104,000 from Delamere Charitable Trust’s Gershon Rothman awards.
Trust chairman Malcolm Joels said the trustees were “very pleased with the projects which the judges selected after careful consideration. We expect more than 300 young Jewish children with a whole range of learning disabilities to benefit over the next two years, not to mention creating a permanent legacy of specialist resources in the longer term.”
The successful applicants were Manchester Mesivta School to build a new dedicated SEN centre; Beis Chinuch Lebanos Manchester Junior Girls’ School to equip an SEN resource room; and Beis Malka Girls’ School for a two-year project targeted at raising the literacy standards of struggling children.
Torah Tots and T’mimei Lev School will be investing in interactive ipad tables for their SEN pupils while Special Spirits, an after-school club for SEN children, will be able to extend its services to develop its children’s skills in woodwork, art, baking, music and football while also improving their social skills. OYY Lubavitch Boys School will get funding to establish a central support system for specialist workers in special educational needs and disabilities for a number of Jewish schools.
Finally, North Cheshire Jewish Primary School will be funded for two years for a part-time specialist literacy teacher for pupils with specific learning difficulties.
Delamere Forest school in Manchester for Jewish children with special needs closed in 2011. The Delamere Charitable Trust subsequently announced in 2016 that, thanks to the generosity of a benefactor, the late Gershon Rothman, it was setting aside a special fund to honour his memory to pay for major new projects which aimed to improve the education of Jewish children in Greater Manchester with special educational needs.
Manchester based Jewish schools and organisations with interests and skills in supporting children with learning disabilities were invited to submit project bids competitively for amounts from £5,000 up to £20,000.
We expect more than 300 Jewish children to benefit over the next two years”