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Ofsted blasted over Jewish school report

Ofsted blasted over Jewish school report

Teaching at Yesodey Hatorah Senior Girls’ School in London excludes human evolution, sex education and the use of the Internet and social media.

But, to the disgust of the National Secular Society and the British Humanist Association, this Orthodox Jewish school has been rated as ”good” by Ofsted.

According to this report, Richy Thompson, spokesperson for the BHA and campaigns officer for Faith Schools and Education, said he was “troubled” by Ofsted’s rating. He claims that these exclusions are “breaking the law”.

We want all students to grow up in an environment with balanced education which includes human evolution and sexual health and well-being so that they can understand the world.

The school is a state-funded and voluntary-aided comprehensive which serves the Orthodox, Charedi Jewish community in Hackney and has over 300 students aged 11 to 16 years-old. YHSGS is part of Yesodey Hatorah School, which teaches junior boys and girls and senior boys, but is the only part to be state funded.

YHSGS has a history of controversy involving its curriculum, including when teachers redacted GCSE science exam questions on evolution, and the school’s strict behaviour policy. Students are forbidden from accessing the internet, having social media accounts and using electronic devices.

The rules also extend to when the students are at home. Girls may only visit public libraries if accompanied by a parent; parties or watching DVDs as a group must have prior permission from the school; and activities “not in line with” the school ethos such as ice skating, bowling and sleepovers are not permitted.

An Ofsted report last year on a crèche in the Yesodey Hatorah junior girls’ school rated it as “satisfactory” but said teaching should be improved to give an understanding of technology to children not given access to technological equipment such as torches.

The latest Ofsted report last month gave YHSGS an overall rating of “good”, the second highest out of the four inspection grades. It said that students “thrive very well and attain above average standards”.

However, it did not make reference to concerns about teaching evolution or sexual education.

The BHA attacked the report:

If a school advises pupils to ignore exam questions on evolution and considers evolution, homosexual relationships and social media to go against its ethos, does this school sound like a ‘good’ school?

Referring to the recent Ofsted inspections of schools in Tower Hamlets, Stephen Evans, campaigns manager of the NSS, said:

Here, in the east of London, we have one school [Sir John Cass’s Foundation and Red Coat School] allowing segregation between boys and girls in the playground and failing to safeguard its pupils from extremism, and another school [YHSGS] putting its own narrow religious agenda before the best interests of its pupils.

In both cases we see the damaging effect that religion is having on our schools. A secular, inclusive education system would better serve young people and give us a far greater chance of achieving the cohesive and integrated society most of us want.

Both the BHA and NSS have raised concerns that science subjects in particular may not be being taught correctly because of the school’s religious ethos.

In an interview with the Telegraph, Rabbi Avrohom Pinter who is the principal of YHSGS said:

The law is that you have to provide sex education. But parents can choose to opt out. 100 per cent of our parents opt out. Sex education is something we deal with on our own terms through the Jewish curriculum, based on very strong family values.

Ofsted has not yet responded to the official complaints or to requests for comment.

Pinter added :

The inspection was professional and thorough and I respect [Ofsted’s] judgement … it is a fair reflection of the school. We teach the full national curriculum but we are also a religious school. You’ll find that [the secular organisations] make the same comments about private schools. They do not understand what it is that we want to preserve: to live and let live.

He said it was ”unacceptable” for outside bodies to impose their views.

YHSGS, which has a strong reputation for academic achievement, was given state school status in 2005. Their mission statement says they provide students with “national curriculum studies imbued with Torah values”.

However, they exclude certain aspects of the national curriculum which as a state school they are legally required to follow.

The students continue to do well in science subjects, although the most recent inspection found that the rate of girls who were entered for English Baccalaureate science exams had fallen from 93 per cent in 2013 to 78 per cent the following year.

The Department of Education says all state schools must teach the theory of evolution and provide sex and relationship education for pupils in secondary school.

In addition to existing guidelines, new education regulations for teaching “British values” and tolerance in schools have been introduced by the Government in the wake of the “Trojan Horse” controversy in Birmingham.

The concerns over curriculum were mirrored in the inspections of Islamic faith schools in Tower Hamlets where it was found that the schools were failing to provide an “appropriately broad and balanced curriculum”.

One of the private Muslim schools is Mazahirul Uloom School whose curriculum was found to be “too narrow” and “focus solely on Islamic themes” meaning that:

Students are not being prepared for life in a diverse British society.

In these cases Ofsted said:

It is clear that these schools are failing children and this is unacceptable.

33 responses to “Ofsted blasted over Jewish school report”

  1. AgentCormac says:

    This isn’t a school of learning it’s a centre for the indoctrination of children. There should be no place for it in 21st-century Britain.

  2. Brummie says:

    It is one of hundreds of religious indoctrination establishments that we, the UK public, have no choice in having to pay for.

  3. barriejohn says:

    How backward can you be? They are in denial regarding human progress, and want to force their pupils to grow up in the same time-warp that they inhabit.

    This is in the news today:

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/education/education-news/birminghams-first-islamic-school-spent-1m-of-public-money-on-school-in-pakistan–claims-9897005.html

    Aren’t faith schools wonderful?

  4. Broga says:

    Cameron, Pickles and the rest of the faith gang are supporters of faith schools. The rest of us are forced to pay the bills for these indoctrination centres.

  5. Paul Cook says:

    How do these people have children?

  6. Broga says:

    @Paul Cook: I read once that they put a sheet over the woman, cut a hole at the appropriate place, and achieve penetration while only having the minimum of bodily contact. Doesn’t seem much fun but there you are. That’s religion.

    Of course, when you look at some of these bearded creatures the sheet may be welcomed by the woman.

  7. Paul Cook says:

    @Broga
    What a waste of a good sheet.

  8. Lord Willy says:

    Time to get religion out of all schools in the UK. Right out. All schools to be run by secular people, promoting secular values, treating everyone the same, governors to be vetted and approved as non religious, no vicars, imams, priests, mullahs, rabbis to be allowed within 100m of school premises, no religious observances, no separation of the sexes, no divisive religious, clothing, no korans,no bibles, no torahs … … … … …and if the pious don’t like then they are free to go live somewhere else where your kids can get dumbed down religious indoctrination.

  9. Lord Willy says:

    The devious criminal bastards who stole the money and sent it to pakistan should be stripped of their UK passports, stripped of their assets and deported to live in pakistan.

  10. Lord Willy says:

    Paul Cook…to answer your question many rcc priests do have children but are protected from criminal charges by by the vatican.

  11. L.Long says:

    If you are critical of the jews for some reason they all their paid off friends start screaming ANTI-SEMITE.
    Well guess what? I would scream right back, you bet I am just like I am anti-xtian and anti-IsLame and anti-anything else that will not teach the proper curriculum!!!!!
    We (USA) and You need people in charge that are not afraid of name calling and will get the job done.

  12. AgentCormac says:

    Slightly OT (but not entirely), jews in my old stomping ground of Manchester are apparently trying to establish an ‘eruv’ in the suburb of Hale (very posh!).

    Apparently an eruv is defined as an area of land which circumvents the restriction placed by some interpretations of jewish ‘law’ on carrying certain objects in public on the so-called sabbath. Just to show how effing stupid this is, the entire area within an eruv is considered to be a single property. Some jews believe this concept/loophole then allows them to carry said objects on the sabbath, but in order for them to perform the simple act of actually carrying something on a specific day of the week (which is in fact like every other day of the week), it requires a perimeter to enclose the eruv. In other words, a whole area is deemed to be a single house, which then enables those within it to do unthinkable things like, well… carrying stuff. Talk about tying yourself up in theological knots!

    For those who have nothing better to do, you can learn more about the archaic and inane eruv rules governed by the jewish brand of insanity by clicking on the link below.
    http://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/700456/jewish/What-Is-an-Eruv.htm

    (As we are only allowed to include one link per post, I’ll leave a link to the NSS take on this story in another post straight after this one.)

  13. Broga says:

    Eruv: This is totally bonkers. If these are divine laws should not they be enforced on everyone: Jews; Islamists; Roman Catholics, Atheists; Buddhists; all the other many religions and cults. I suppose they all have their divine laws which also ought to be forced on everyone else. It gets a touch complicated.

  14. Paul Cook says:

    In certain parts of London it’s ‘illegal’ to push a pram on the sabbath.

    I can only laugh that they believe they are gods chosen people.

  15. 1859 says:

    An ‘eruv’ is nothing – most practicing jews are not allowed to ‘work’ on the sabbath – and ‘work’ includes tearing off pieces of loo paper, switching lights on and off, opening a packet of cornflakes – you name it, if it includes ‘doing’ something it’s ‘work’ and therefore forbidden. So how do they wipe their arses on the sabbath? Easy – they spend the night before the sabbath tearing off sheets of loo paper and stacking them up beside the toilet. As for turning lights on and off, they cellotape all the light switches in the off position the night before the holy day. How this absurdity is supposed to impress their god is beyond human reason to understand. To a psychologist it certainly smacks of OCD – ‘Obssessive Compulsive Disorder’ (or is it OCD?’) Whatever it is called, it is totally off the scale of insanity.

  16. Robster says:

    ‘Spose it must be difficult for teachers in the “faith schools” (there’s an obvious contradiction) to have the kids come back from church having been told jesus or his nasty old dad whipped up the universe in under a week, created light before creating the sun and lots of other obvious nonsense then to be told by a qualified, educated teacher that we evolved and the universe isn’t six thousand years old. There does seem to be a clash, so it’s probably best to lie to the kids, fill them with tripe and consign them to a life cleaning supermarkets or even going on to lie to the next generation as purveyors of twenty first century superstitious nonsense.That way, there’ll be less competition for jobs that require a real education.

  17. Dioniogi says:

    Faith schools are divisive in the population and cause nothing but trouble.
    The government provides most of the money for the startupof these establishments and provides the running costs but the school board decide how they should be run.
    The government should buy the schools out by giving back the 2 million or so that was provided, from private means, to start the schools and make them government run.
    the only way for people to integrate is to get them to meet others in their school environment. Put them all together and you will just build mini countries within your own.
    Everyone should go to the government wesite and sign the petition to ban all faith schools.
    http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/66164

  18. 1859 says:

    Only 61 people have signed the e-petition – if it was 61 million?????

  19. Newspaniard says:

    If you send in Jewish inspectors to check on Jewish schools then you get the same results as when you send in muslim inspectors to check on muslim schools. The report will always say “good” or “excellent”. We have to make all tax-payer-paid-for education totally non-religious. Ghetto building like this must be stopped.

  20. barriejohn says:

    “Church funded” schools have always been a joke in the UK. I’m not sure of all the current rules, but Voluntary Aided Schools have 90% of their capital costs, and all their running costs, met by the state; Voluntary Controlled Schools have all their costs met; and Academies have their running costs met by Central Government. I bet the general public think that the church pays for all this!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faith_school

  21. Newspaniard says:

    @Dioniogi thanks for that. Petition now signed.

  22. barriejohn says:

    PS When I say “always” I am, of course, going back as far as the provisions of the 1944 Education Act. “RAB” Butler famously stated later on that the only reason that private education wasn’t abolished then was that they were convinced that the state system would now prove so attractive that private education would “wither on the vine”!

  23. Brian Jordan says:

    “give an understanding of technology to children not given access to technological equipment such as torches”
    How technological is that simple combination of elementary physics and chemistry? How primitive does the technology get and still be banned?
    “Blow out that evil Lucifer, child – you’ll have us all dragged down into hell!”

  24. Ex Patriot says:

    I am a American living in Europe for the last 15 years and after reading this It is my opinion that the British Government should quit paying for it’s so called faith schools. If the religious idiots want schools let them pay for them. I left the states 15 years ago and from what I am reading I am glad that I did. Do not let England become a country of bible thumping jackasses like the states are becoming

  25. Brummie says:

    @ Ex-Patriot.
    The chances of any UK government withdrawing funding from academic high-achieving, middle class, historic and status-laden christian schools is very slim. Too many people in power are products of this aged indoctrination system, including me.
    I have signed the petition.

  26. Angela_K says:

    Nicky Morgan, Minster for schools, equalities and religious nutter doesn’t want schools to teach a secular curriculum: http://www.conservativehome.com/highlights/2014/12/andrew-gimson-interviews-nicky-morgan-as-a-christian-secretary-of-state-for-education-i-will-oppose-secular-politically-correct-dogma.html

    Best way to deal with an eruv is wire cutters.

  27. Paul Cook says:

    My children go to a CofE school. They are both committed atheists.
    I told the head that I wouldn’t pay for any religious books or tolerate religious bullshit or want them to go to any religious services.
    He replied ‘but why send them to a CofE school’. I almost blurted out ‘why not!’.
    This is the exact same reply that Mohammed Mossedagh gave when questioned why he sent his children from Iran to board in a similar English Public school.
    Oh the irony.
    These people just don’t understand and I believe they never will.

  28. Paul Cook says:

    My children go to a CofE school. They are both committed atheists.
    I told the head that I wouldn’t pay for any religious books or tolerate religious bullshit or want them to go to any religious services.
    He replied ‘but why send them to a CofE school’. I almost blurted out ‘why not!’.
    This is the exact same reply that Mohammed Mossedagh gave when questioned why he sent his children from Iran to board in a similar English Public school.
    Oh the irony.
    These people just don’t understand and I believe they never will.

  29. Cali Ron says:

    @ Ex-Patriot.
    It seems the inmates are taking over the asylum here. We have a 2 headed monster in the states because the overzealous and indoctrinated ‘born agains’ are joining up with the overzealous and indoctrinated ‘tea partiers’ to take America back. What it is they are taking us back from is never articulated, but I think we’d all be better off if we moved forward towards science and facts and not backward. Sadly, they really want to take us back to religious servitude and ignorance with shit like the ‘world is only 6,000 years old’, and ‘men and dinosaurs walked the earth together’, and the ‘second coming of Christ’ (poor jesus has to wait for over 2,000 years for his second orgasm), well I could go on, but I think you get it. God could save the queen if he existed, but who’s going to save us from his ‘followers’.

  30. Vanity Unfair says:

    Look on the bright side. At least the school was inspected by Ofsted. Independent schools can choose to be inspected by such as the School Inspection Service, an independent organisation purportedly doing the same job. There is a slight difference in that the SIS appoints a lay inspector along with the normal inspection team, whose remit is :
    Lay Inspector (LI): An inspector appointed from within the Focus community, or drawn from SWSF (or Cognita if applicable), who, after appropriate training, participates in Section 162 (A) inspections to look at the school’s organisation, ethos and management, and at other areas as may be agreed with the Reporting Inspector.
    http://www.schoolinspectionservice.co.uk/new/docs/MSM2_3b_REVISED_Framework_inc_EYFS_Jan2014.pdf
    That is, the inspected school gets one of its own onto the team and in a position to make sure the basic philosophy of the school gets a sympathetic reception.
    Education and Skills Act 2008 c. 25 part 4.

  31. dennis says:

    yes, public schools in the states have been robbed of funding and given to the god virus people to start xtian schools. I am waiting for the first muslim school to ask for funds here in TEXAS. just watch them xtians yell “foul” and they will.

  32. Paul Cook says:

    @Angela-K
    Interesting article but I couldn’t get all the way through it without having to vomit.

    I wonder if the silly bint even knows how dim and ironic she is by this statement within one torrent of nonsense :
    “We have huge promise in science. ”
    Not if she gets her way we won’t.