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#1 [Permalink] Posted on 29th November 2016 13:50
Just another example of media hypocrisy and double standards...Following is what ofsted found at Jewish Faith Schools but completley unreported in the media.

By jasmine800 March 31, 2016 jasmin2450.wordpress.com/author/jasmine8000/

Faith Schools – case of cultural and ethnic insularity’?

Recently I was required to do research in to faith schools and Ofsted findings since 2015. As of Sept 2015 there were 6,817 state funded faith schools in England with the majority being of a Christian denomination. There are 48 Jewish state funded faith schools (pupil population: 18,000), 18 Muslim (pupil population: 7,000), 8 Sikh (population: 3,000) with the rest being Hindu, Quaker and so on (source: Edubase DfE)

Initially the focus was to be an analysis of Islamic schools however research started highlighting a surprising number of issues with Jewish faith schools. Most surprising of all was the scale of the problem with Ofsted reporting schools of promoting ‘cultural and ethnic insularity’. I’ve listed below just some of the Ofsted findings:

Beis Aharon School: ‘the school does not prepare them for the reality of life in modern British society’,’pupils unable to show mutual respect and tolerance to people of different faiths’, school allocated just one hour a day to secular education. Inspectors found a reading book with the word “Christmas” crossed out, English is not taught until pupils are in year 4. Pupils also share a “universal view” that a woman’s only role is to “look after children, clean the house and cook”
Charedi Talmud Torah Tashbar school: was ordered to close after 40 years in operation as it banned children from learning English as a ‘matter of school ethos’ nor provide for any secular education ‘as a matter of religious principle’. Inspectors found it encouraged cultural and ethnic insularity ‘because it is so narrow and almost exclusively rooted in the study of the Torah’. However despite the order to close, as of March 2016 it continues to operate illegally. The school has been running illegally since 1976 and inspectors found the school had a “highly unpleasant pervading smell”, broken windows, torn carpets, large holes in walls, no policies on health and safety and a blank admissions register.
Talmud Torah Yetev Lev: ‘gave insufficient time to secular subjects. Most lessons are taught in Yiddish. This continues to impede their ability to speak, read and write in English” Inspectors were told by the school’s leaders that they had “no intention of providing pupils with experiences to enable them to acquire an appreciation of and respect for differences between people, based on culture, religion, sex and sexual orientation”. Pupils were not given sufficient opportunities to interact with others “outside of their close community”. Inspectors also found reading books “where images of females had either been erased or radically changed. Leaders also refused to allow pupils to talk to the female inspectors on a formal basis.”
Talmud Torah D’Chasidei Gur: Children in the younger years do not learn to read and write in English. (When the Gur school received its outstanding rating three years ago, the inspector happened to be strictly Orthodox)
Talmud Torah Tiferes Shlomoh: “pupils do not have the opportunity to work scientifically’. Neither are they provided with drugs or sex and relationships education, or able to discuss issues around homophobic bullying.”
Talmud Torah Bobov Primary School: Checks on pupils’ progress are not made frequently enough. Inspectors identified a number of risks posed by the premises and pupils’ activities which have not been adequately assessed and managed by leaders. For example, parts of the area which pupils’ play in outside are shared by the neighbouring synagogue, which is also accessible to members of the community. Opportunities for pupils to learn about other faiths are limited. Pupils are not given enough chance to develop an appreciation and respect for the chosen lifestyle of others. Limited guidance is provided for older pupils about careers and choices for courses of study.The school devotes the majority of the day to pupils’ Jewish religious education. Less than two hours a day are devoted to secular studies. This does not provide sufficient time for pupils to make adequate progress.Pupils who speak English as an additional language constitute nearly the whole of the pupil population. However, leaders do not identify and track the progress of those who are at an early stage of developing their English skills. Children do not learn to read or write in English during the Early Years Foundation Stage.
Talmud Torah Machzikei Hadass School: The dates when pupils join or leave the school are not recorded. Leaders told inspectors that all pupils go on to further studies in Israel when they leave the school, but this information is not recorded. This lack of information means that the school does not know if pupils are safe or missing. The school’s ethos identifies its founding principle as ‘unconditional adherence to the Shulchan Aruch (code of Jewish law)’. Leaders are aware that this disregards the protected characteristic of sexual orientation within the 2010 Equality Act. The school offers a Kodesh (Jewish studies) and a Chol (secular studies) curriculum. Leaders do not consider how all curriculum areas should be developed and taught. For example, they assert that English tuition beyond Key Stage 3 is provided at home. Pupils are taught very little about other faiths and beliefs. Year 5 and Year 6 pupils know about Jewish faith celebrations, but they could not identify similar events for other religions. Careers guidance provided to pupils is limited. It focuses only on steering boys towards continuing with their academic studies in religious institutions. No provision is made for boys who may wish to progress with other careers.
Beis Rochel d’Satmar Girls’ School: There is no science provision for pupils in Years 10 and 11. In the early years provision the curriculum does not include written and spoken lessons in English. As the curriculum is taught almost exclusively in Yiddish, children do not make any progress in English. In the Reception class, a continuing focus on Yiddish means that pupils do not learn the sounds and pre-literacy skills to develop their English.
Beis Malka Girls’ School: The school’s curriculum, in the headteacher’s words, is ‘to provide a Hasidic orthodox education to the pupils with clear guidance on how to live their lives and which covers all aspects of life’. Leaders consider that the precepts of their faith take precedence over the requirements of the Independent School Standards. The school’s PSHEE programme does not pay particular regard to all of the protected characteristics set out in the Equality Act 2010. The headteacher accurately predicted the pupils’ lack of knowledge about homophobic bullying, because ‘they wouldn’t know that word’. Leaders deliberately prohibit teaching about certain protected characteristics, for example sexual orientation or preference. The school’s justification for this is that acknowledgement of these characteristics contravenes the school’s ethos. The headteacher commented, ‘If we had to teach that we would have to close as an orthodox school.’ Careers guidance provided by the school is limited in scope. As a result, 28 current Year 11 leavers have chosen to go to an Orthodox Jewish seminary and the remaining three leavers are going to Israel. There was insufficient evidence to demonstrate that pupils are able to contribute positively and more widely to society outside their faith community. The school’s safeguarding policy does not meet requirements. Arrangements are not securely in place to safeguard and promote the safety and welfare of pupils at the school. There are almost no entries in the ‘Details of Leaving’ column and are limited to recording ‘Israel’ or ‘went abroad’. The school site contains an unregistered crèche.
Separately the Independent reported: Beis Rochel school: three year olds were told “the non-Jews” were ‘evil’ in a worksheet, the worksheet’s first question read: “What have the evil goyim (non-Jews) done with the synagogues and cheders?” The answer in the completed worksheet read: “Burned them.” Another question asked: “What did the goyim want to do with all the Jews?” – to which the answer, according to the worksheet, was: ‘Kill them’.

Hasmonean High School: a state funded school ordered by the Office of the Schools Adjudicator to remove from its admission arrangements the requirement that parents comply with a strict set of rules relating to their sex life as well as previously being found to be directly discriminating on the basis of race and possible gender under the Equality Act 2010

Yesodey Hatorah Senior Girls School: 2016 admissions criteria prioritised children by seeking a commitment from parents that there was no TV or internet in the home and parents would ensure children do not have access to any other media that ‘does not meet the stringent moral criteria of the Chaandredi community’. Also families will dress ‘at all times in accordance with the strictest standards of modesty. Father must belong to the Chareidi synagogue and attend all prayers on Sabos, Yom Tov and the three daily prayers’. In 2014 the school deleted questions involving the evolution of species on GCSE science exam questions and had previously stated that teaching about evolution and homosexuality was against its ethos



Recently evidence was destroyed by the Hackney Learning Trust showing young Jewish boys being sent to illegal faith schools. Documents showed these illegal schools to be using corporal punishment and the promotion of arranged marriage at 16.

An article in the Independent stated approximately 35 Yeshivah schools are reportedly operating in the UK which aspire to educate children solely in the study of Jewish religious texts.It is alleged that school days can last from 8am until 10pm, with children only communicating in Yiddish and studying the texts. This reportedly leaves the children unable to speak English, perform basic mathematics or cope with simple tasks necessary to modern life and who don’t “have a GCSE to their name, cannot get a job, and have no skills to manage their lives.” Children reportedly “live in fear” of breaking strict religious laws from the age of four. One former teacher whose testimony is included in the report says that what she hated most about the job: “was the fear in which the children lived.” The report alleges: “These institutions provide no sex education and promote arranged marriage at 18.” It also alleges: “Neither boys or girls are prepared for or permitted to attend college or university even if they ask to.”

A witness statement submitted to the government consultation stated: “I attended illegal schools between the age of 7 and 16…. Hitting children was part of routine; I was personally hit almost on a daily basis. “A typical day would start at 8 in the morning, finishing at 10 in the evening. We would sit all day and study our religious texts… We were bred in racism, sexism and bigotry… Libraries, internet, TV, radio, social media or any other source of contact with, or information about, the world around us was strictly banned.“We didn’t know who the at-the-time prime minister was, or for that matter, any information about current events, e.g. the royal wedding, or Olympic Games. “Most of us couldn’t even speak a most basic form of English, thus practically ensuring that any interaction with the outside world is disabled.”

Recently concerns were also raised about sexual abuse taking place in these schools. Kol v’Oz,a global organisation dedicated to preventing abuse of Jewish children, has urged the govt to investigate and take action. It was noted in the past few years that child sexual abuse was alleged to have occurred in illegal Jewish ultra-Orthodox schools however authorities turned a blind eye to these schools due, in part, to the fear of being accused of anti-Semitism. A former pupil stated ‘I heard that some teachers molested children but police or authorities were never called. Instead, the teachers would be moved on to another school and it was hoped people would just forget about it. There are no checks on the teachers for having criminal records or a history of abusing children and I fear that certain types of people might be drawn to the ‘profession’ to exploit children who they know are vulnerable and isolated from authorities, and who they know they won’t be held to account for abusing’.

The GesherEU Support Network also said it believed that “corporal punishment is still in use in a number of the yeshivot and unregistered ultra-Orthodox primary schools” in which it estimated as many as 4,000 boys and 1,500 girls could be studying. It cited the testimony of a former pupil who stated “Hitting children was part of routine; I personally was hit almost on a daily basis.” The pupil further added that “the attitude towards other people and cultures was absolutely negative. We were bred in racism, sexism and bigotry”. The charity added that in many cases the school ‘did not even teach them to speak English or simple arithmetic. They teach in Yiddish and Yiddish is spoken at home. Many young men leave with almost no ability to speak English. We have to support young men in particular, that do not have one GCSE to their name, cannot get a job, and have no skills to manage their lives.”

Finally the British Humanist Association (BHA) found two inspectors were removed from the list of Ofsted approved inspectors. The two inspectors, Rabbis Chanan Tomlin and Jonathan Yodaiken, had previously been found by the BHA to consistently award Orthodox Jewish schools higher ratings than were given by non-Jewish inspectors, leading to doubts over both the consistency of inspections and the impartiality of inspectors. Alarmingly, it was found that Charedi schools were rated as ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ 71% of the time when inspected by a member of the Jewish community (either Chanan Tomlin or Jonathan Yodaiken), but only 22% of the time when inspected by a non-Charedi inspector. Furthermore two schools in North London that were banning mothers from driving their children to school had similarly received ‘good’ ratings by Charedi inspectors in their most recent Ofsted inspections.

The BHA also found that a number of unregistered strictly Orthodox Charedi Jewish schools in north London – which the Government is aware are operating illegally – are nonetheless officially registered as charities. They found ‘in total, eight illegal Charedi schools were identified during the investigation as being registered as charities. The education provided at these ‘yeshivas’ is essentially entirely scripture-based, and the incredibly limited teaching of any other subjects often leaves pupils unable to speak English and unprepared to exist in the outside world. Indeed, the education is explicitly designed to maintain segregation with the rest of society, and any teaching that does take place about other religions or cultures aims to encourage a negative opinion of those outside the immediate community’.

Update: more recently Getters Talmud Torah was criticised by Ofsted in March 2016 who found:

‘Teaching of the secular curriculum continues to be restricted to between 45 minutes and 1 hour per day for the older year groups, with no provision for the younger years. This is insufficient time to enable required subjects to be taught in sufficient depth, or, in some cases, at all.’
‘Pupils continue to have very limited exposure to creative subjects. For example, pupils have not heard of drama and are not taught music or art. Engagement with any form of creativity is limited to basic drawing in lessons with no guidance on how to progress.’
‘Senior leaders continue to preclude any reference to sex and relationships education because to do so would contravene the precepts of their faith.’
‘Leaders prohibit any reference to some of the protected characteristics of the Equality Act 2010, for example sexual orientation, therefore this aspect of the curriculum still does not meet requirements.’
‘Pupils show limited awareness of potential career pathways and they are not prepared adequately for life in modern Britain. Pupils demonstrated stereotypical views on the roles of men and women, with men “going to work” and women “cooking and cleaning”.’
‘The school does not undertake a prohibition check for teachers with qualified teacher status. The designated safeguarding lead was not aware that such a check existed.’
Also in another recent report for the Talmud Torah Chaim Meirim Wiznitz School inspectors found:

Implementation of the safeguarding policy was inadequate. They were unaware of aspects of prejudice-based bullying. Therefore, they were unprepared for life beyond school. Leaders told inspectors that they are not willing to teach pupils about some types of bullying because they consider this contrary to their religious beliefs. Pupils receive some guidance about e-safety. However, this remains too limited in its scope to prepare pupils for possible experiences in their future lives and limits their opportunities to use technology for positive reasons.
Records of over twenty pupils document the date of leaving the school without further information about their destination. Other pupils are recorded as having moved to the United States of America or Israel but there is no further information about future arrangements for their education. There is no record of how continuous the education of these pupils has been. These shortcomings leave pupils at unnecessary risk and mean arrangements still fail to meet the required standard.
Inspectors had previously found that pupils did not have sufficient time to study secular studies as most of the school day was assigned to religious studies. Pupils in Years 1 and 2 did not study any secular subjects at all. Mathematics skills were introduced within religious studies, but the range of pupils’ experiences in this subject was judged to be too limited and to require improvement. Pupils in these classes were beginning to acquire skills in written Hebrew, but had no lessons in written or spoken English. Inspectors identified that pupils were not sufficiently well prepared for life in British society, primarily because pupils did not have sufficient opportunities to learn fluent speaking skills in English.
In May this year a Hasidic Jewish school in Stamford Hill was banned from admitting new pupils, after it refused to teach students about LGBT issues and covered up images of women wearing short sleeves. The school argued that same-sex relationships and gender reassignment were forbidden in the Jewish faith, and therefore could not be taught.It also submitted a statement for the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations which stated that “religions other than authentic Judaism, beliefs, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, are forbidden in the Jewish faith. However Judge Brayne said that without such teaching, the school’s pupils would be ill-equipped “to enter modern British society” which “accepts as part of its diversity civil partnerships, gay marriage, families with same-sex parents and acceptance of transgender persons”. The judge also said that he believed Hasidic children had the “same right to an education which meets the standards set for independent schools”.

Maybe it is now time to start having a conversation around all faith schools
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#2 [Permalink] Posted on 29th November 2016 15:23
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Just another example of media hypocrisy and double standards...Following is what ofsted found at Jewish Faith Schools but completley unreported in the media.

I recall reading many articles about the illlegal Jewish schools in London, Stamford Hill. News papers included The Metro and The Evening Standard, also online - they may not have touched on issues of molestation etc just the fact that they did't teach English in these schools.
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#3 [Permalink] Posted on 29th November 2016 16:42
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How many Panorama or other documentaries have there been concerning Jewish faith Schools in comparison to Muslim Schools? Plenty concerning Muslims usually with lots of fake accusations.

How Many lead stories on Prime time National News concerning Jewish faith Schools? Plenty concerning Muslims again usually fake accusations, remember the lead story about investigation into Lancaster girl school about sexual abuse accusations which where proven to be false..( no mention from the media once the accusation was proven to be false), How about the fake Trojan horse plot.

How many frontpage headlines concerning Jewish Schools that's right Zilch.

Anyways for the record someone posted a link to the above article in a post made by Abu Eesa Niamatullah,
Concerning recent Propaganda against Jameah Uloom al Quran in Leicester by the Daily Mail.
www.facebook.com/AbuEesaPersonal/posts/723074924522344

I have posted the article on here for future reference if needed.



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