Search

Pupils claim they were ‘slapped’ by staff and ‘threatened’ at north London Jewish primary school

14:12 22 February 2014

Talmud Torah Chaim Meirim Wiznitz School

Talmud Torah Chaim Meirim Wiznitz School

Archant

Primary-age pupils claim they were slapped and threatened with being hit at Talmud Torah Chaim Meirim Wiznitz School in Stamford Hill, north London, an Ofsted report states.

Concerns were raised by the Department for Education (DfE) over the children’s welfare, quality of the curriculum, teaching, and pupils’ progress – particularly in English and maths.

Ofsted carried out an unannounced visit and the subsequent report, published on February 6, alleged that pupils had told inspectors of incidents where teachers had “given them a small ‘slap’ with the hand” and that others had said it had been threatened as a punishment.

The school declined to comment.

Provision of subjects such as history, geography, science, technology and physical education was deemed to be “inadequate” at the boys’ school, which has 230 pupils on its roll.

In their report, inspectors said “not enough attention” was given to these areas and “pupils were unable to describe in any detail a broad range of activities that they had undertaken in these subjects, especially physical education”.

The report also said pupils were making “inadequate progress in English and mathematics” and the curriculum was “too narrow”.

In addition, boys with special educational needs and limited English were found to be struggling to understand and complete their work, with teachers “not adequately meeting their needs”.

The report said pupils had a “very limited” understanding of other cultures and faiths and only a “sketchy” understanding of public institutions and services in England. They told the inspector that they had “little involvement in their local and wider community other than their immediate religious community”.

Senior staff’s child protection training certificates were also said to be out of date.

A range of recommendations for improvement have been made by the inspectors.

Ofsted previously carried out two inspections in 2012.

Cazenove ward Cllr Abraham Jacobson said: “It’s a long-established school which is run on a shoestring budget. It does not get money from the council and is run by volunteers. It does give a good education. I think it’s one of the best schools around.

“Physical education is a problem as the school doesn’t have a playing field.

“The school will be discussing and looking into all the issues and trying to address them.”

Latest East London News Stories

16:29
Appeal for witnesses who saw this man...

A man who sexually harassed a woman with her two young children in east London is being sought this week by police who have been trawling CCTV.

13:08
Toddler hurt in traffic accident

A two-year-old toddler is fighting for his life today after being air-lifted 10 miles to the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel following a road accident.

Yesterday, 23:52
Thefts from fire-stations end in jail for raiders

The last of three thieving conspirators who broke into fire-stations stealing emergency equipment to smuggle abroad for cash has been sentenced today.

Yesterday, 14:29
.Luthur Edwards... died after being stabbed outside York Hall

Detectives investigating the murder of Luther Edwards on the steps of east London’s York Hall have made a fifth arrest, Scotland Yard has just confirmed.

Thu, 21:58
Bethnal Green's Morpeth Secondary [Google image]

Any confusion over the change in the way schools’ performances are now assessed with today’s GCSE results hasn’t stopped Bethnal Green’s Morpeth Secondary reaching for the stars.

Wed, 16:34
The 'stink' hole just yards from houses next to former Phoenix smelting works site

A woman with cancer and a 10-month-old baby girl are among hundreds of people hit by fumes from contaminated canalside land in London’s East End where a wartime smelting works once stood.

Tue, 14:33
Dr Claire Sheppey and her burned-out top-floor flat in north London

A hero doctor from the 2005 Aldgate terrorist Underground train bombing 11 years ago died after discarding a cigarette in a plastic bag causing a fire in her top-floor flat, an inquest heard today.

Tue, 13:10
'Mini Manhattan' as City Island will appear on a loop of the River Lea

The first batch of 100 new apartments put on the market at the new ‘Mini Manhattan’ London City Island complex under construction on the Leamouth Peninsula in east London has been snapped up.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

You could win £15,000 to spend on either their mortgage or a deposit towards the home of their dreams

Wouldn’t it be lovely to have a period of time when you simply don’t have to worry about finding the money each month to pay your mortgage? When you don’t have to put money aside from your monthly income, or worry about having to afford other essential outgoings?

Which book character do you share cleaning habits with?

Whether you have more in common with put-upon Cinderella, emotionally turbulent Jane Eyre, or easily distracted Mole, you’re sure to appreciate that one lucky winner will receive four sessions of free cleaning. Enter our quiz for your chance to win. All runners up will get £10 off their first clean when making a repeat booking.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now