OUR VISION

INTRO

Chief Rabbi Mirvis’ stated mission of creating a more engaging, caring, and relevant Judaism infuses the vision of the United Synagogue (US) MAT, JCAT. Ethos is at the heart of JCAT driving everything JCAT does. Pooling resources and sharing best practices, JCAT will ensure that all schools benefit from the highest standard of secular and Jewish education.

OUR

VISION

JCAT will be modern and centrist Orthodox in outlook, under the religious authority of the Chief Rabbi, providing an immersive Jewish experience and education for all students, tailored to the specific needs of each of its academies. It will be a centre of educational excellence, developing well-rounded students committed to a life of Torah, Jewish values and to the State of Israel, who have a strong commitment to Britain and British values, and who will make a meaningful contribution to the Jewish community, Israel and wider society.

JCAT will create a nurturing cohort of schools that develop and challenge their students to learn and grow academically and religiously. JCAT will prioritise strengthening the triangular relationship of school home community which is at the centre of a successful and transformative integrated educational and Jewish environment.

OUR

VALUES

The vision and ethos of JCAT creates the framework for a holistic and immersive school setting which will:

General Outlook

  • aspire to integrate Jewish values, Jewish education and Israel with school life as a whole and with the secular curriculum

  • be fully committed to a Jewish way of life and the centrality of Torah and Halacha in Jewish life

  • treat both academic excellence and excellence in Jewish Studies as of equal importance for both boys and girls never prioritising one above the other

  • develop students who are passionate about Jewish and secular studies infusing them with a commitment to lifelong learning in both areas

Community and Social Responsibility

  • build a strong and close relationship between the school, parents and the communities where students come from, partnering with them in developing and growing students

  • prioritise and inculcate a sense of responsibility so that students are engaged in practical ways locally, nationally and internationally, both inside and outside the Jewish community, and in relation to Israel

Jewish development/growth

  • emphasise both experiential and text based approaches to teaching Jewish life and Jewish studies, developing students’ familiarity with the library of Jewish books

  • use Jewish history as a core vehicle to develop Jewish identity, contextual awareness and understanding

  • have a particular focus on Hebrew to create better understanding of Jewish texts and engagement with ritual, and Ivrit as a modern language to develop students’ connection to Israel

OUR

INTRO

Chief Rabbi Mirvis’ stated mission of creating a more engaging, caring, and relevant Judaism infuses the vision of the United Synagogue (US) MAT, JCAT. Ethos is at the heart of JCAT driving everything JCAT does. Pooling resources and sharing best practices, JCAT will ensure that all schools benefit from the highest standard of secular and Jewish education.

OUR

VISION

JCAT will be modern and centrist Orthodox in outlook, under the religious authority of the Chief Rabbi, providing an immersive Jewish experience and education for all students, tailored to the specific needs of each of its academies. It will be a centre of educational excellence, developing well-rounded students committed to a life of Torah, Jewish values and to the State of Israel, who have a strong commitment to Britain and British values, and who will make a meaningful contribution to the Jewish community, Israel and wider society.

JCAT will create a nurturing cohort of schools that develop and challenge their students to learn and grow academically and religiously. JCAT will prioritise strengthening the triangular relationship of school home community which is at the centre of a successful and transformative integrated educational and Jewish environment.

OUR

VALUES

The vision and ethos of JCAT creates the framework for a holistic and immersive school setting which will:

General Outlook

  • aspire to integrate Jewish values, Jewish education and Israel with school life as a whole and with the secular curriculum

  • be fully committed to a Jewish way of life and the centrality of Torah and Halacha in Jewish life

  • treat both academic excellence and excellence in Jewish Studies as of equal importance for both boys and girls never prioritising one above the other

  • develop students who are passionate about Jewish and secular studies infusing them with a commitment to lifelong learning in both areas

Community and Social Responsibility

  • build a strong and close relationship between the school, parents and the communities where students come from, partnering with them in developing and growing students

  • prioritise and inculcate a sense of responsibility so that students are engaged in practical ways locally, nationally and internationally, both inside and outside the Jewish community, and in relation to Israel

Jewish development/growth

  • emphasise both experiential and text based approaches to teaching Jewish life and Jewish studies, developing students’ familiarity with the library of Jewish books

  • use Jewish history as a core vehicle to develop Jewish identity, contextual awareness and understanding

  • have a particular focus on Hebrew to create better understanding of Jewish texts and engagement with ritual, and Ivrit as a modern language to develop students’ connection to Israel

Academic

  • Aim to grow our own teachers from identifying non-teaching staff and training them, to recruiting highly qualified NQTs and teachers. Career pathways will be developed ensuring we offer professional development to grow future leaders and subject specialists and retain the best in our MAT

  • Strive to ensure that we offer the highest ratio of teachers to pupils so as to achieve academic excellence whilst also promoting an inclusive approach to enable each child to make the best possible progress.

  • Prioritise mental health and well-being of our entire community. Staff work-life balance will be prioritised to reduce burn out through increased non-contact time and team working.

  • Seek to deploy new developments in EdTech.

  • Build international networks to draw on overseas expertise to enhance teaching & learning and provide our staff and children with a more global perspective and so prepare pupils for the future world of work.

Financial & Demographic

  • Share operational running costs securing economies of scale through combining back office functions and shared roles across JCAT and possibly other schools/MATs where identified.

  • Collectively seek sponsors and donors for cross MAT projects.

  • Seek to review school locations and pupil numbers, relocating schools where necessary to support the continuation of the OCR schools community.