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Jewish education inspections won’t take place this summer

Pikuach, the Board of Deputies' body for standards in religious education, said they will likely resume in the autumn term for 2021

Lee Harpin is the Jewish News's political editor

The Board of Deputies’ body responsible for standards in Jewish education at maintained schools has announced that no inspections will be carried out in the summer term.

Pikuach said these  are likely to return in the autumn term 2021.

Inspections had previously been delayed until the start of the summer term due to the pandemic but were extended further due to the latest lockdown.

Ofsted and the Department for Education have confirmed that no schools will be penalised if they have now gone past the five year period for which inspections much be held.

Writing to schools, Director of Pikuach Jeffrey Leader said “Pikuach are aware that this has been an incredibly challenging time for school leaders, teachers, staff, parents and pupils. I want to take the opportunity to thank you for all your work to support the education of the community’s young people.”

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