3 Heshvan 5778
23 October 2017
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Mazal tov to all our Teacher Training graduates!


On Thursday 13 July, we celebrated the success of 27 trainees who have successfully achieved Qualified Teacher Status. All graduates have secured jobs for next academic year, including 9 as Jewish Studies teachers. Congratulations to all our graduates!

Our SCITT graduates, Adam Bright, Talya Isaacs, Aimee Allen, Emily Lewis, Anita Friend, Katie Shemtob, Shelly Cukier, Jodie Loftus, Libby Jacobs, Sara Marshall, Elisheva Sprei , Tamara Denderowicz, Katie Rose, Joshua Prince (absent: Katie Talbot)  with faculty members, Jane Clist, Esther Colman, Sophie Fenton, Allison Kelly & Jonathan Bach

The graduates were addressed by Alex Kingston, Deputy Headteacher at Wolfson Hillel Primary School and a former Graduate from LSJS herself. She described how teaching is like honey – while there are some sticky moments, it is very sweet to teach due to the rewards teachers gain from their students.

Chief Rabbi Mirvis presents SCITT graduate, Joshua Prince his certificate of graduation

The Chief Rabbi, President of LSJS, gave a Dvar Torah emphasising that the Hebrew roots of the words educate and dedicate were the same.

The Chief Rabbi explained how teachers and schools act as a bridge to our heritage and culture when educating the community’s children. Our young people will not be able to take a stand, without knowledge to allow them to do so.

Graduates were coming to the end of three separate programmes. The 15 on the School Centered Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) programme have been on school placements during the year, received training at LSJS and all succeeded in gaining the Masters Level Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) too. They start their new jobs in


The School Direct Programmes allow participants to train while in employment. Seven participants were employed in primary schools (where the lead school in the consortium is Wolfson Hillel). Four participants are Jewish Studies teachers in secondary schools (where the lead school in the consortium is Yavneh College).


School Direct Secondary graduates: Barry Kagan, Rabbi Edward Zinkin, Rabbi Doron Birnbaum & Sheldon Mordsley with Sarah Wagman



School Direct Primary graduates: Daniel Turek, Eszter Halasz, Silia Kodela, Joelle Sheldon &  Avromi Goodman with Sarah Simmonds

Representatives from each of the three groups spoke to the audience of family, friends, tutors and Headteachers of their different experiences, emphasising the support and guidance they had received from their tutors and mentors.








One Headteacher commented that she was delighted with the quality of the training provided to our candidates over the last few years.