Investigation after pupils say they were ‘pinched and slapped’ at faith school | Education

A safeguarding investigation is under way at a private Jewish primary school in north London after pupils reported being pinched and slapped by staff as punishment. Ofsted inspectors who visited Talmud Torah Yetev Lev school, in north London, last month were told by pupils that “inappropriate physical contact” was used to manage pupil behaviour at the boys-only school. “Of greatest concern is that pupils reported that physical sanctions are adopted by staff in the event of pupil misbehaviour, including cheek…

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Sex education rules could force Haredi Jews into home schooling | Education

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish parents and teachers are warning that schools may go underground and children be educated at home if the government presses ahead with guidance on teaching about same-sex relationships and gender reassignment. Members of the Haredi, or ultra-Orthodox, community also say that some parents may leave the country rather than see their children taught about “alternative lifestyles”. Lawyers for Shraga Stern, a Haredi parent, recently sent a letter to the secretary of state for education, Damian Hinds, saying: “Many…

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