The growth of Jewish schools is the
single largest change in the UK Jewish community over the last twenty years
with over 34,000 children educated in 117 Jewish schools. This means that our
schools play an essential part in influencing the next generation’s Jewish
The Jewish Leadership Council’s (JLC) report in 2008 on ‘The Future of Jewish Schools’ and subsequent report ‘The Future of Jewish Schools: Three Years On’ recognised this major shift required a serious and thoughtful response to help schools shape their strategic future, and thereby strengthen Jewish life in the UK and in 2012 Partnerships for Jewish Schools was established.
Every Jewish school is different, with
its own ethos, goals and values. We believe that this diversity should be
celebrated, and that as a community we should be proud of the options we give
parents to find the best fit for their child.
PaJeS seeks to
identify the areas in which Jewish schools can work together, and to provide
them with high quality support, services and strategy to help them achieve
their goals. We work with over 100 Jewish primary and secondary schools across the UK
and our curriculum materials are being taught in over 50 schools. Our work can
be split into four key areas:
- Planning the establishment of the Jewish Schools Network to support
& encourage collaboration between schools.
information on www.findajewishschool.co.uk to help parents choose Jewish
schools. The website averages 4,000 hits a month.
- Collecting data from schools on pupil numbers in order to try and map
future supply and demand for school places.
- Working with
the CST to update Heads and Governors on current security issues.
2. Training and
recruiting the next generation of teachers
- Partnering with
other organisations to deliver programmes of initial teacher training,
qualified teacher training and leadership training. This has included
developing the Jewish Studies components of the School Direct programme,
which enables teachers to become qualified whilst in employment.
school vacancies free of charge on www.pajes.org.uk. The current vacancies
page received over 1,650 hits in April 2015 alone.
curriculum and providing professional development
- Launching the Yesh
v’ Yesh! Wohl Hebrew programme for secondary school years 7 to 9, which
aims to impact 4,100 students in 12 secondary schools per year once complete.
- Improving Jewish Studies teaching through our comprehensive JCP
Chumash curriculum and interactive Tefillah resource, Mesillot Lashem, with
specialist training days for teachers and an in-school support programme.
- Improving Ivrit
teaching in primary schools through our innovative online resource, Ivritbeclick,
training days and individual teacher support programme.
- Working with
the Board of Deputies to give guidance and support to schools on British
values - what are the legal requirements and what is best practice?
- Facilitating a
work discussion group for head teachers of primary schools.
- Running a
series of training workshops for school governors.
- Launching Heads
Up, a fortnightly e-newsletter that keeps schools up to date with information
about relevant communal and educational news and events.
envisions a world in which all Jewish schools are inspirational centres of
learning. Together, we believe that we can create a generation of engaged,
educated and enthusiastic young Jewish people.