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Warm welcome for the Baroness

13 December 2021

Education minster Baroness Barran heard how the pandemic with its online lessons had changed the teaching profession when she visited Kisharon Noé School.

Baroness Barran, whose government remit covers faith and free schools like the Kisharon Noé School, had a tour of the recently rebuilt premises, meeting staff and children, some with profound learning disabilities.

The Baroness was taken round the school by Headteacher Emily Haddock and Chief Executive Richard Franklin. Gary Mond, Board of Deputies Senior Vice President and Chair of the Community and Education Division, joined the visit too.  Together they discussed the challenges of delivering an education that satisfies families of all levels of Jewish orthodoxy, including the importance of the curriculum and safeguarding.

The Baroness heard positive feedback from parents on their children’s home learning experience during the pandemic, hearing parents had access to teachers daily.

Richard asked Baroness Barran to clarify the funding of further education for people with learning disabilities following the allocation of more than £1bn for social care over the next three years. This cash injection followed the publication of the social care white paper last week.

Emily said: “It was fabulous to showcase some of the outstanding practices we have at Kisharon and for the Baroness to join us in some of our Chanukah celebrations. It was also useful to discuss some of the challenges faith schools are facing.”

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