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Senior staff’s child protection training certificates were also said to be out of date.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

22 minutes ago
Joel Adesina was stabbed on December 5 off Bethnal Green Road.

A 20-year-old man this morning denied killing a schoolboy in Bethnal Green.

27 minutes ago
Branching out... students take break from studies at Queen Mary's to help clear cemetery woodland

Students have been on a tidy-up to let more sunlight into the huge Tower Hamlets Cemetery in London’s East End as part of their annual ‘Green Mary’ project.

10:59
The man was seen with a knife on the Central Line before moving onto the Jubilee Line (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

The Jubilee line was brought to a standstill today after passengers reported seeing a man carrying a knife.

Yesterday, 18:12
Masked allecats tear through the streets

Movie makers shooting a murder thriller about the underground sub-culture of London’s alleycat bike racing are in the final throws of crowdfunding to raise the cash before they begin filming later this month.

Most read news

The boy’s mother doesn’t regret sending her child to school dressed as a character from an erotic novel.

No more traffic wardens “hiding in doorways”…

The Mayor reckons the horse symbolises the “dynamism of London” – does it?

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Docklands and East London Advertiser e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24
Our trusted business finder