A Jewish charity’s school for children with learning difficulties was this week awarded Autism Accreditation from the National Autistic Society, making it the first Jewish organisation to get the prestigious stamp of approval.
Kisharon School’s recognition of excellence came after an assessment in early December, and despite only a quarter of the school’s pupils being autistic.
In the NAS report, the Finchley Road school was praised for “placing great value on promoting Jewish values and culture whilst recognising the need to differentiate what is taught so that it has meaning and value to each pupil”.
The assessors added: “This makes an important contribution to the inclusion of each autistic pupil within family and community activities, rituals and festivals.”
The accreditation gives autism-specific quality assurance that is recognised by hundreds of organisations across the world, and the charity’s leaders this week said they were thrilled to receive the good news.
“Being awarded Autism Accreditation for the work that we do is a testament to our commitment to and understanding of the needs of our pupils with autism,” said Sora Kopfstein, headteacher of Kisharon School.
To be recognised by the NAS is extremely encouraging for all of our staff, parents and students and to also be the first Jewish organisation to be accredited demonstrates that we are offering some of the best autism-specific services in the Jewish community.”