OPINION: Putting teachers on a pedestal

Britain’s Jewish community may sometimes be divided in terms of its affiliations, but on the most important issue of all it has never been so united – the education of its children.

The inaugural Jewish Schools Awards, orgainsed by the Jewish News and Partnerships for Jewish Schools, was a joyous celebration of this fact.

Our academically excellent schools score consistently high marks in GCSE and A-level national league tables, surpassing the UK average.

And they’re not just top of the class in religious studies. Caring and accomplished teachers with an unshakable belief in the power of study deliver exemplary results in every subject across the board.

We were delighted to celebrate the achievements ­– both in Jewish and secular subjects – of the 24 outstanding educators who made our eight shortlists.

Each of the remarkable individuals shortlisted in the Jewish Schools Awards demonstrate how faith schools can help, not hinder, academic success. That’s why Jewish parents are increasingly confident about choosing a religious education for their children.

One of the night’s high points was provided by an anonymous donor who pledged £5,000 for each winning school and £1,000 for projects for all those shortlisted.

The choice available to parents to provide a top-class Jewish education has never been so broad and the quality of the teaching has never been so impressive. These are exciting times indeed for our community’s schools. That is what the inaugural Jewish Schools Awards is all about.

Jewish News was honoured to work with Partnerships for Jewish Schools and event sponsors the Emmes Foundation to celebrate the talent and tireless work of teachers who inspire success year in and year out at Jewish primary and secondary schools nationwide.

Thanks for all you do to educate our children and secure our future.

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