A London religious school that only teaches creationism and forbids pupils to talk about reproduction refuses to change

A religious school that bars its student from talking about reproduction or alternative theories to creationism is refusing to change its “non-negotiable” religious restrictions on its curriculum.

Bnois Jerusalem Girls School is an independent Orthodox Jewish school for girls aged 2 to 16 in Hackney, which remained at Ofsted’s lowest possible rating of Unsatisfactory after a progress monitoring inspection on February 9. The school’s last standard inspection, when it received the inadequate grade, was on December 10, 2019.

The findings of the progress inspection, released Monday, April 4, read: “Reproduction and all alternative theories to creationism are not permitted to be spoken or taught, in accordance with the religious teachings of the school. teaching of religions, creeds and creeds other than that of the students is also prohibited… This restriction of information limits students’ knowledge and understanding of society at large and, therefore, their preparation for life in modern Britain.

Currently, 804 girls attend the school. As of 24 September 2021, the school has been under a Department for Education (DfE) restriction order which means that leaders are not permitted to admit new pupils to the school from this date .

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However, leaders added new pupils to their admissions register ahead of the deadline, although some of these pupils were only due to start attending school in January 2022. As a result, Ofsted concluded: “ Some new students have joined the school when they shouldn’t have.”

This inspection revealed that the secular curriculum was improving from the last one which took place in March 2021. As an example, there were many more English fiction books available to students than before. He also noted that students are well taken care of and “feel safe” at school.

“This inspection revealed that the secular curriculum was improving. Academic advisors, subject leaders and teachers worked together effectively to design and implement thorough and well-sequenced work programs in all required areas of learning , for all age groups,” the report said. Lily.

However, the report goes on to explain that leaders and governors describe religious restrictions on program coverage and references to some of the protected features remain as “non-negotiable.” Therefore, he concluded that the school did not plan to make the required improvements in these areas.

However, leaders have not introduced formal and recognized qualifications and have no intention of doing so, but instead pass internal exams. “Leaders said they are taking this approach to eliminate the risk of students encountering questions and content in invisible exam papers that leaders might deem inappropriate or offensive. Students receive marks from their internal exams that are recognized by the seminaries they progress to after Year 11,” the report states.

MyLondon has contacted Bnois Jerusalem Girls School for comment.

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