Category Archives: CPD

Director of Education opportunity @NNLS_Masorti


New North London Synagogue currently has a fabulous job opportunity: Director of Education
For the detailed Job Description and Person Spec see:
Applications by CV and detailed covering letter to Claire Mandel, Executive Director on
Closing Date: 30th January 2015


#TMCollaborate 14th July 2014 at Park High

It’s the summer, so it’s a good opportunity to take part in some free CPD and make plans for September- Debbie Ferrer tells us about an opportunity she is involved with in Harrow.

#TMCollaborate will take place on the 14th July at Park High School. This event offers an opportunity for those colleagues to present back on their collaborative projects presented earlier on in the year, and also will provide teachers and support staff with an opportunity pitch for specific subject/ pedagogical/ pastoral/ research collaborative projects for next academic year.

If you would like to be an audience member, present back on a project you’ve worked on this year, or would like to pitch and invite others to work with you in September, please add your name to the wiki page or email me on and I can add you.

Thanks, Debbie

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How PaJeS can help YOU find a job!

Partnerships for Jewish Schools (PaJeS) is new services organisation for Jewish schools across the UK. As well as offering curriculum advice, investing in teacher training, and looking at broader strategic issues, we are keen to connect Jewish teachers with Jewish schools so they can see for themselves what it might be like to work in these high achieving, yet warm and caring environments.  Continue reading

UJIA JAMS – Supporting Jewish pupils in non-Jewish schools

The past twenty years has seen a rapid expansion of Jewish schooling across the UK. If you follow the Jewish media, you could be forgiven for thinking that each passing week brings with it a new building, or group of parents setting up a free school, or fundraising campaign for one of the existing institutions.

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Dyspraxia: A Professional, Academic and Parent’s Perspective by Amanda Kirby

I have three hats: a parent, working in a School of Education and I am a doctor.
I entered the field of education and in particular special needs, coming from a background in medicine as a GP, as my second child was diagnosed with Dyspraxia (DCD) at 3 years of age and needed to find out more about the condition and how best to support him.

16 years ago I set up The Dyscovery Centre to provide guidance and research and understand more about this condition as well as other specific learning difficulties and gradually this developed into a research and clinical centre, which is now part of the University of Wales, Newport.
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Dancing with Religion: Special Needs & RE

Anne Krisman represents JTA at the RE Council for England and Wales meetings.

Working with children with special needs is fulfilling and links with the important Jewish job of repairing the world.  Many of our pupils have suffered challenges and difficulties in life, yet remain optimistic and uplifting. To teach them is a privilege.

I came into RE teaching by surprise. In fact, I’d never been to an RE lesson in my secondary school, as Jewish children went off to the library during the time. While I never had a conventional RE background, I was always drawn to interfaith work and learning about others’ beliefs. When my rabbi saw me at an interfaith event dancing bhangra Punjabi-style with Sikh children, he said, “If you weren’t such a good Jew, you’d be a good Sikh” which I took as a major compliment.
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