Our Inspectors

Jeffrey Leader


Jeffrey Leader is the Director of Pikuach and was formerly the Director of Education of the Agency for Jewish Education. He has worked in education for more than forty years and in that time has been a class teacher, deputy head, headteacher, Ofsted Registered Inspector and Pikuach Lead Inspector. He is also one of the original group that founded Pikuach. Jeffrey sat on the Advisory Board for School Centred Teacher Training at the government’s Teacher Training Agency and chaired its London SCITT network.

Jeffrey’s main interest is in teacher training. He was responsible for setting up the Agency’s highly successful, government accredited, initial teacher training programmes. He is currently a Visiting Tutor for Hertfordshire University supporting its BEd and PGCE programmes. He is also involved in research for the community’s Jewish Lives Project which measures the impact of secondary education on Jewish family life.

Jeffrey has an MA in Religious Education. He was also, for many years, a regional judge on the National Teaching Awards Panel. He was also a regular contributor to BBC Radio 2’s Pause for Thought.

Sandra Teacher

(Education and Pikuach Consultant at the Board of Deputies)

Sandra has taught in a wide range of schools – nursery, primary, secondary and special – in both the Kodesh and Chol departments. She then became a university lecturer and continues to work as a teacher trainer for the main teaching institutions in London, in particular supporting teachers in orthodox schools to gain QTS.

She has focused on school improvement and inclusion for many years through her consultancy work with schools and LEAs as well as through her training activities. She is an Ofsted trained inspector, having inspected more than 700 schools, and is a mentor for Ofsted training inspectors, particularly in educational inclusion and the development of spiritual, moral, social and cultural education.

Her Master’s Degree is in Religious Education and she is continuing her research in this area towards a Doctorate. Her thesis is ‘The Torah is the National Curriculum’. She works as an Adviser to the Home Office and Department for Education on issues relating to Faith Schools, and is the Education and Pikuach Consultant at the Board of Deputies.


Dr Leon Bernstein 

(Lead Inspector)

Dr Leon Bernstein has been teaching for over thirty years in a variety of schools. His experience spans both state comprehensives and private schools, religious and secular, mixed and single-sex. He has been Head of Modern Languages, Head of Upper School and has represented staff on several Staff Advisory/Executive Committees.

Having completed his MA in Modern Languages and Literature in Education, he embarked upon a PhD, investigating the development and application of a pedagogic (French) grammar, and its role in the reduction of learner errors. Dr Bernstein holds a Doctorate in Language Teaching Pedagogy. In October 2002, he was awarded an Ashdown Fellowship. He has been Assistant Director of the Graduate Teacher Training Programme at the MST College, Hendon, London and in March 2006 was appointed National Advisor on Modern Foreign Languages for FOCUS schools in the UK. His teaching subject is French. He was deputy headteacher at the Menorah Grammar School in London, and was the coordinator for staff in-service training (INSET). He has run many INSETs and has organised seminars and residential training conferences. From January 2007 he spent two years in Sydney, Australia, as principal of a Jewish high school, and in January 2009 began Headship in Broughton Jewish Primary School in Manchester, UK. He was awarded his NPQH (National Professional Qualification for Headteachers) in 2010. He now runs parenting talks and courses via his new virtual online classroom. In January 2013, Dr Bernstein left Headship to become an independent educational consultant. He is now involved with teacher training, consults with schools, including senior leadership and management teams. He completed his Ofsted training in 2014 and has now qualified as an Ofsted Lead Inspector.

Esther Colman 

(Lead Inspector)

Esther Colman has been a qualified Pikuach inspector since 2006. She has carried out inspections in London and the provinces, in both primary and secondary schools. She has taught Limmudei Kodesh in a wide range of schools, from Foundation Stage to Year 6, and a short stint in a secondary school. She was Head of Jewish Studies and deputy headteacher for 14 years in a mainstream primary school. At the same time, she has worked as a teacher trainer for the Jewish Studies component of the SCITT programme at the AJE (now LSJS). She has supported teachers in orthodox schools to gain QTS through lectures and tutorials.

Over the past thirty years, Esther has been actively involved in developing and monitoring various curricula for the Jewish primary school. She leads the IPDJS Forum for Heads of Jewish Studies and is a SKIP (School Kodesh Improvement Partner) in various primary schools, working closely with the senior management and heads of Kodesh. She is committed to raising standards in our schools by increasing the number of qualified teachers. Esther has QTS as well as being a Lookstein fellow, having completed the Bar Ilan Lookstein Leadership Programme. She has completed an MA in Jewish Education at the London School of Jewish Studies.

Richard Felsenstein

(Lead Inspector)

Having completed a Law Degree and a Certificate in Education, Richard Felsenstein spent seven years teaching, organising and managing courses in further education colleges before joining Immanuel College as a senior teacher (he was Head of Pastoral and Head of History) in 1990.

In 1995 Richard was appointed as second deputy headteacher of Immanuel College, and in 2000 was promoted to first deputy, a position which he held until he left the college in December 2010 to take up the role of headteacher of Kerem School.

In September 2012 he returned to Immanuel as deputy headteacher and Head of History, and has also undertaken the positions of Head of Year 7 and Director of Key Stage 2 – 3 Transition.

In 2002, Richard completed the UJIA Ashdown Fellowship in Educational Leadership, and in 2005 was awarded the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH).

Rabbi Yaakov Heimann

(Lead Inspector)

Rabbi Yaakov Heimann has taught in primary and secondary schools in London for fifteen years and is currently deputy headteacher of Kodesh in a large primary school. He continues to teach classes, affording him the opportunity to introduce new teaching strategies.  Yaakov is a designated member of staff for child protection. He has held positions of staff and parent governor.

Yaakov is a Lead Pikuach Inspector and has been an accredited inspector since 2006. During the past eight years he has inspected a range of schools, even returning to some for a second inspection.

Enid Korn

(Lead Inspector)

Enid Korn is an independent educational consultant, working in Jewish and non-Jewish schools and has had extensive experience within the Jewish schools’ system. She is an Ofsted Lead Inspector and has taken part in over 150 primary school inspections. She is a lead inspector for Pikuach and was involved with its original conception and development.

In her varying career she has been an external advisor, a judge for the Teacher of the Year awards, an assessor for the TTA of GRTP students and a senior lecturer on Return to Teach courses. Enid has introduced a school programme for helping children with dyslexia and associated learning difficulties that is proving to be outstandingly effective.


Tali Barwin

Tali has been involved in Jewish Education since 2002, teaching and holding management positions in both Kodesh and Chol departments. Her combined background in Science (BSC in Immunology and PGCE in Secondary Science Education) and Jewish Studies (Michlala Jerusalem teaching diploma and a Masters in Jewish Education) has helped her develop and implement Jewish Studies curricula and schemes of work. Tali has lectured and mentored teachers gaining QTS, helping them deliver outstanding lessons. Tali is currently the Headteacher at an Orthodox Girls Primary school in London.

Mandy Berkman

Mandy Berkman has been involved in Jewish Education in the UK since 1999, having had a successful career in teaching in both the Chol and Kodesh departments. She has worked across a wide range of schools in all different sectors and has had much experience in leadership and management and teaching. Originally from South Africa, Mandy graduated with distinction (Bachelor of Primary Education) from The University of Cape Town and has continued with her own development by completing her NPQH in 2011. Currently, Mandy is the acting Headteacher at the Independent Jewish Day School and continues to provide support to other schools.

Esther Cohen

Esther Cohen was born and raised in Brazil and has been involved in education for over 35 years. She started her career in the USA, where she originally trained and worked. After moving to England, she furthered her studies by completing a Graduate Teaching Programme, the Ashdown fellowship and a B.Phil in Counselling. She is currently doing an Advanced Diploma in Life Coaching. Esther spent several years teaching in alternative settings such as cheder and Education Otherwise, before taking on the role of Head of Religious Education in her current school and becoming a Pikuach inspector. She has vast experience in curriculum development and implementation, mentoring of teachers and general staff, and has a particular interest in pupils’ spiritual and personal development through Jewish education.

Esther has lectured in the UK and abroad on topics related to education and is often called upon for advice. She co-founded the Northern Forum for Heads of Jewish Studies in 2007 which is now run by PaJes.

In addition, Esther is the founder and director of Kadimah Counselling, an organisation dedicated to the counselling needs of Jewish University Students. She has worked alongside her husband providing Jewish chaplaincy services for more than 3 decades.

Michael Cohen

Michael Cohen has been involved in Jewish education for over twenty-five years. He initially trained in Israel and has an MA in Education and an NPQH. He has spent the majority of his career in primary education, where he has held numerous leadership posts. His Yeshivah education and his passion to make Jewish learning relevant and enjoyable to the masses have afforded him the privilege of leading Jewish education in the schools in which he has worked. Michael has worked in Carmel College, Wolfson Hillel Primary School, Carmel School Hong Kong, Hertsmere Jewish Primary School and Naima Jewish Preparatory School. He is currently an assistant headteacher at Kisharon Day School, on a part time basis.

As an education consultant and results coach, Michael splits his time between educating children and adults. He leads CPD in schools and in corporate settings, with a focus on Leadership and Management, communication and self-empowerment! Michael has been heavily involved in teacher training and curriculum development.

Michael believes that whilst equipping students with the necessary skills and experiences to become confident and independent learners, the job of an educator is to develop their core soft skills that will prepare them to enter the big wide world and support their emotional wellbeing.

Anne Coren

Anne Coren became a Pikuach Inspector in Summer 2014. She is a qualified primary school teacher with many years’ experience of all age groups, from Nursery to Year Six, teaching both secular and Kodesh. In addition, she has also been the head of a vibrant Limmudei Kodesh department in a mainstream Jewish primary school for fifteen years.

Anne has had many years of experience in senior leadership on an ever-expanding school campus, including supporting and mentoring teachers and teacher trainees. She was recently given the opportunity to develop a comprehensive Kodesh assessment system based on APP. Her specific expertise now lies with assessment, teaching of Hebrew reading and curriculum development. She is passionate about Jewish education and the way it is delivered.

Rabbi Andrew Davis

Rabbi Andrew Davis has been teaching Kodesh full time in secondary schools since September 2005. He is currently assistant headteacher and Director of Jewish Life at Yavneh College. He has a BA and MA in Jewish Studies and Jewish Education and is currently studying for his PhD at the Institute of Education. He received his Semicha from Yeshivat Pirchei Shoshanim and Rav Zalman Nechemia Goldberg in 2008. He has also worked with Foundation Stage, KS1 and KS2 pupils when he was headteacher of Woodside Park Cheder.

Daniel Gastwirth

Daniel Gastwirth is currently deputy headteacher at Hasmonean Primary School. He was previously Head of Kodesh at Moriah Jewish Day School for six years, where he developed new and exciting curricula and a detailed assessment tracking system for Kodesh. He is passionate about children being able to engage with their learning and using new techonology to support this. Daniel has led training sessions for the Jewish Curriculum Partnership (JCP), Pikuach and the IPDJS National Conference for Jewish Studies Teachers. He has also worked as a Chumash consultant for PaJeS.

Rabbi Anthony Goldblatt

Rabbi Goldblatt has a degree in Mods and Greats (Classics) from Worcester College, Oxford. He studied for seven years in the Mirrer Yeshivah in Jerusalem and is an ordained rabbi. He served as Rabbi of the Hove Hebrew Congregation for just over two years.

Rabbi Goldblatt moved to the Menorah Grammar School in 1985. He was initially appointed as a teacher and at the end of his first year was promoted to Headmaster, in which position he served for 23 years. Throughout the period of his headship, in addition to his administrative and leadership responsibilities, he taught every week.

In Spring 2009, Rabbi Goldblatt returned to the classroom full time and taught first in the Menorah Grammar School, then in Wolfson Hillel Primary School and subsequently in Hasmonean Primary School where he is currently the Head of Limmudei Kodesh.  Rabbi Goldblatt has taught from Year 3 up to and including GCE.

Rabbi Nicky Goldmeier

Rabbi Nicky Goldmeier has worked in Jewish education for the past twenty years, beginning his career as a secular class teacher before moving to Jewish Studies. He has a BEd (Hons) degree from the University of Hertfordshire and a MBA (International Education) from Hull University. In 2010 he achieved the NPQH (National Professional Qualification for Headship). He is currently the Director of Jewish Education at Sinai Jewish Primary School and has led the department for the past fifteen years. He is passionate about Anglo-Jewish continuity and in particular, that of Modern Orthodox Judaism, through providing children with an exciting Jewish experience during their primary school years.

Rabbi Howard Hirsch

Rabbi Howard Hirsch is currently assistant Headteacher at Rosh Pinah Primary School. Prior to that he was Vice Principal of Naima Jewish Preparatory School in Maida Vale, having initially spent nearly 20 years at JFS, the largest Jewish secondary school in Europe, rising to the position of Assistant Headteacher, whilst also fulfilling the role of Subject Leader for Jewish Education for 9 years.

Having successfully completed a law degree at Manchester University, and passing the Law Society Finals at Lancaster Gate College of Law, he then spent 5 years at different yeshivot in Israel, culminating in the completion of his rabbinic qualification.

He began teaching in 1997 and gained QTS. Prior to becoming Subject Leader for Jewish Education at JFS, he held a range of positions of responsibility in the field of education at JFS, including Deputy Head of Year, Key Stage 3 Co-Ordinator for Jewish Education, and Deputy Subject Leader for Jewish Education. He successfully graduated from the Bar Ilan University Lookstein Fellowship and completed the National College for School Leadership (NCSL) ‘Leading from the Middle’ Programme. In June 2013 he qualified as a Pikuach inspector.

Rabbi Hirsch has mentored colleagues through the various programmes leading to QTS over the last five years. He has given educational training in areas such as Leadership and Management, and Teaching and Learning for a range of schools and organisations including, most recently, TrainETradeE, Lilmod Lelamed Senior Leadership Course, and to Pikuach inspectors.

Janine Kasmir

Janine Kasmir received her BEd (Hons) in Secondary Education and Design Technology from Goldsmiths College. Following a successful career as a secondary school teacher, she participated as a mentor and supervisor on several programmes, training graduates and undergraduates to become teachers. She provides consultancy to a number of educational establishments with a specialism in Teacher Performance and Improvement of Educational Standards. She is an experienced school governor, having worked in all aspects of school management. When not working she is a sports enthusiast.

Justin Kett

Justin Kett has been teaching in both Chol and Kodesh classrooms since completing the AJE SCITT course in 2005, having previously studied for a BSc (Hons) in Business Studies with Law. Justin is currently the Head of Kodesh and assistant headteacher at Sacks Morasha Jewish Primary School. Prior to this he spent nine years teaching at Rosh Pinah Primary School, five of which were as Head of Jewish Studies. He has been a Pikuach inspector since July 2013 and supports the Jewish Teacher Training Programme by acting as a mentor to the student teachers. Justin was pleased and proud to be involved in communal initiatives, such as the Tribe Children and Families Siddur. In addition to his work within schools, he is also a trustee of Jewish Interactive UK which works with over 120 schools and educational organisations across the world to help to implement current technology into Jewish education. Justin is also active in programming and services for the children and youth in Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue.

Daniel Marcus

Daniel Marcus has been teaching Kodesh full time in secondary schools since February 2002, following his time working in law and business development. He is the senior deputy headteacher at Yavneh College, having served as its first Head of Jewish Studies where he created and managed the school’s formal and informal Jewish Studies programmes.

Daniel has considerable experience of building curricula, mentoring staff, coordinating teaching and learning provision / strategies and developing  the community aspect of schools. Daniel has an MA in Jewish Studies, he has completed the UJIA Ashdown Fellowship in Educational Leadership and he was awarded the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH).

Laurie Rosenberg

Laurie is a Jewish Educator and teacher with a wide and varied professional background both within and beyond the Jewish community in the UK and internationally.

Laurie originally trained as a teacher and worked in both primary and inner city comprehensive schools in the West Midlands and Sussex. He was also head of pastoral care and deputy head of humanities in a large comprehensive school in Crawley, prior to becoming deputy head of an exclusion unit (PRU) for adolescents in Brighton and Hove where he pioneered an in-school preventative programme.

In 1990 he joined the Board of Deputies of British Jews as Executive Director of Education and represented the Jewish community with various Governmental and non Governmental think-tanks, leading the team that delivered the Model Syllabuses in RE for SCAA (latterly QCA). Whilst at the Board, Laurie brought together a team of educators from across the community to set up Pikuach, and is proud of the way in which it has developed.

Laurie became a well known figure in RE and was an Executive member of the RE Council and also wrote a text book for non-Jewish KS2 children on “The Synagogue”.

Moving to New Zealand in 1999, Laurie worked with the Jewish community in Auckland, writing, developing and teaching a new Jewish Education curriculum at Kadimah College where his wife Lenna was principal.

On returning to the UK in 2002, Laurie was appointed Headteacher of Simon Marks Jewish Primary school, leading it from an OFSTED category of “serious weaknesses” to “good and effective”, whilst at the same time building the school as a core of community and driving up numbers.

Most recently, Laurie was a founder staff member and Acting Assistant Headteacher at JCoSS, and taught and led both formal and informal Jewish education, as well as developing a unique Jewish approach to PSHCE – Kvutzah – that is now well established at the school. He is currently teaching Jewish Education at JCoSS two days a week and involved in a number of other initiatives within and beyond the community.

Laurie has written various articles for the TES and JC and has been featured on Teachers’ TV as well as a consultant to various school’s programmes on Judaism.

Rabbi Yehuda Pearlman

Rabbi Yehuda Pearlman started his teaching career as a Year 9 Kodesh teacher at Manchester Jewish Grammar School in 2001. In 2004, he was appointed as a second deputy at  Yesoiday HaTorah Primary School, a position he held until 2012 when he was appointed to his current position as Principal at Broughton Jewish Primary School. Rabbi Pearlman has an MSc with distinction in Education Leadership and Management and  a PG Cert with distinction in Jewish Education. He is passionate about the importance of school cultures that promote good attitudes to Torah learning and leads a variety of adult learning programmes to engender that philosophy of learning. He has overseen the creation and introduction of assessment systems for Kodesh curricula and is currently working on developing the use of data to enhance teaching and learning.

Dr Alan Shaw

Dr Alan Shaw has been involved with Jewish day schools for thirty-six years, twenty-eight of which have been as a headteacher. He has a BA and MA in Jewish Studies and a doctorate in Education on the subject of “Leadership of Voluntary Aided Schools”. Other experience includes:

  • serving as a part-time United Synagogue minister
  • participating as an OFSTED team inspector
  • serving as an headteacher and inspector of chedarim
  • teaching the full primary curriculum to all ages and ability ranges
  • teaching Jewish Studies to pupils aged from 5-18
  • lecturing as a B.Ed tutor and teacher trainer
  • serving on a Local Authority SACRE committee

Rabbi Jonathan Spector

Rabbi Jonathan Spector has taught Jewish Studies in Primary and Secondary schools since 2003. After completing his Law Degree, he qualified as a teacher gaining his QTS through the London School of Jewish Studies. He has since completed a Masters Degree in Jewish Education and Semicha and has been Head of Jewish Studies and Deputy Head in two schools. Having completed his NPQH, he is currently Headteacher of a successful Jewish Primary School.

Susy Stone MA

Susy Stone is the retired headteacher of Akiva School; she was previously headteacher of Bell Lane Primary in Hendon, serving as a headteacher for eighteen years in total.

In June 2018 Akiva was judged Good by Ofsted and Outstanding by Pikuach, who particularly noted the school’s effective integration of Jewish learning with the secular curriculum. Akiva is an accredited Thinking School where the children are taught to use thinking skills to become independent and creative learners.

Susy’s educational career includes four years as a French teacher and eight years as a parent governor at JFS. She has a Diploma in Special Needs and extensive experience as a SENCO. She has qualifications in counselling and mentoring and has successfully mentored heads and deputies within and beyond the Jewish community. She is an Ashdown Fellow and a Fellow of the Imperial War Museum, where she trained as a Holocaust educator.

Susy is a member of the Pikuach Steering Group and the Board of PaJeS. She is a Trustee of the Yavneh Schools’ Multi Academy Trust and a Governor of Yavneh College. She is Children’s Dance Consultant for the Israeli Dance Institute.

Liza Taitz

Liza Taitz is currently Head of Jewish Studies and assistant headteacher at Etz Chaim Jewish Primary School. She has a Masters degree in Education and is passionate about using creative learning strategies and technology in order to create exciting and stimulating learning opportunities for pupils. Liza has written an exciting and engaging new Jewish Studies Curriculum for Etz Chaim Jewish Primary School. She has led training sessions at Jewish Curriculum Partnership (JCP) training days and at the IPDJS National Conference for Jewish Studies Teachers. Liza is also a part time Tefillah consultant for PaJeS.

Ruth Wilkinson

Ruth Wilkinson has been teaching in Jewish education for over thirty years and was one of the first teacher to achieve the government’s ‘London Expert Teacher Award’.

She is a qualified teacher with a Masters’ degree in Jewish Education from King’s University, and a Bradfield Graduate. For many years, Ruth has been involved with teacher training through the SCITT programme and more recently as a mentor for teachers on the Assessment Only Route, QTLS and the Schools Direct programme. Qualified as an AST (Advanced Skills Teacher) in both Jewish Studies and Literacy, Ruth has worked with under-achieving schools, supporting management and teachers. She has trained as a Pikuach inspector and has also been appointed as a Religious Education Quality Mark assessor.

Having served on the Senior Management Team for several years as the deputy headteacher and Head of Jewish Studies at Mathilda Marks-Kennedy School, an outstanding school in both Ofsted and Pikuach inspections, she now works as an education consultant and School’s Programmes Co-ordinator for two charities.  Ruth continues to be involved in Jewish Education through mentoring JS teachers, as a member of the Primary JS Conference planning committee and as a School Governor.

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