Probed by Of­sted

The Jewish Chronicle - - EDUCATION - BY JC RE­PORTER

AN UNREGISTERED Jewish school is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the ed­u­ca­tional au­thor­i­ties, it emerged this week.

The inspection ser­vice Of­sted said it had iden­ti­fied three Jewish in­sti­tu­tions since its task­force on unregistered schools started work last year.

“One has stopped op­er­at­ing, one is reg­is­ter­ing with the Depart­ment for Ed­u­ca­tion in or­der to op­er­ate on a law­ful ba­sis and an­other is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” an Of­sted spokesman stated.

But he would not re­lease names or fur­ther de­tails of the schools in­volved.

It is illegal to op­er­ate a school teach­ing chil­dren un­der 16 for 20 or more hours a week with­out reg­is­tra­tion.

Hack­ney Coun­cil last year said it had a list of more than 30 unregistered strictly Ortho­dox yeshivot.

But while many of the yeshivot are be­lieved to teach boys un­der the age of 16, Charedi rep­re­sen­ta­tives ar­gue that a yeshivah does not fall un­der the le­gal def­i­ni­tion of a school.

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