Curriculum

Jewish schools are where most Jewish children in the UK now receive their Jewish education from age 4-18. Yet as a community we still have no agreement about what might be considered reasonable aims and outcomes about what pupils should know or be able to do Jewishly at different stages of schooling. 

As a recent Pikuach publication pointed out ‘there is no absolute aim or expected standard of Jewish education…the Jewish day school system in England has grown organically, with no central guidance or accountability'. PaJeS believes that unless we have some generally accepted standards, it is impossible to ensure quality, or indeed to train teachers or to keep parents meaningfully informed of progress. Of course we recognise there are differing types of schools but there is also a lot of common ground. All primary schools, for example, teach children to read Hebrew. Moreover, there are clusters of types of schools and, as the success of the Jewish Curriculum Partnership (JCP) in building shared curricula shows, schools will work towards similar standards if they have the structure, training and materials.  In addition to the JCP, there are now a number of organisations such as Etgar working towards improving standards in Jewish schools. PaJeS offers support to these where we can and we showcase what is possible and how standards can continually be improved, through our annual conference. 

PaJeS offers a range of curriculum projects, working in partnership with schools to develop:
  • successful and confident Jewish learners
  • imaginative and thoughtful Jewish teachers
  • well-resourced Jewish Studies and Ivrit classrooms

Our largest project is the Jewish Curriculum Partnership.

Jewish Curriculum Partnership

The Jewish Curriculum Partnership (JCP) is one of the world's foremost Jewish curriculum projects. Supporting the work of Jewish Studies and Ivrit teachers in over 40 schools across the UK, we develop curricula and resources, provide training for teachers, deliver in-school support and facilitate networking and the sharing of best practice.

Working with schools to identify needs and develop materials, we have a comprehensive Chumash curriculum, an online resource for teaching Primary Ivrit, the Yesh Va’Yesh programme for teaching Secondary Ivrit, value-focused framework for Parashat Hashavua and an interactive Tefillah resource with a strong emphasis on spirituality and engagement. 

Secondary Jewish Studies

This year PaJeS has invited Jewish Studies teachers and informal educators from several Jewish secondary schools to come together to explore key curriculum areas. Looking at teaching texts, Holocaust education, Israel education the aims of the groups are to compare resources and experiences, and devise criteria for best practice.

Creativity and Integration

PaJeS is working with a number of schools on a project co-ordinated by Nic Abery of LooktoLearn to help build more integrated approaches to Jewish Studies and also how a more creative curriculum might help the teaching and learning of Jewish areas in schools.
 

 

 
 
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