Cash boost for spe­cial needs young­sters

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY - BY JC RE­PORTER

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”

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