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Hosted by Matthew Offord MP, chair of the new APPG on British Jews, The Board ran a session for MPs to discuss issues relating to Jewish Schools. One of the major issues is the teaching of Religious Education across the nation, compulsory yet often ignored. With so little knowledge of Judaism in British schools, the type of ignorance which leads to prejudice, or worse, must be a risk to our small and geographically clustered community.
Other issues discussed included teaching children with special needs, security and the currently much disscussed problem of exam questions which fail to recognise the special needs of children in some faith schools.
We were delighted to have both Patrick Moriarty, Headteacher of JCoss and Jonathan Miller, Headteacher of JFS with us plus some of their sixth formers.
This format is a wonderful way to bring together parliamentarians both with Jewish experts and, as in this case, with Jewish teenagers. We need more of this great work