Since Rabbi David Meyer became the Executive Director of PaJeS in January 2015, there has been a significant shift in the recognition of the role that PaJeS plays in the community. The Jewish press now look to PaJeS as the first port of call for all news items pertaining to education and Jewish schools, and across the community there is increasing recognition for the valuable work we are doing. Perhaps the greatest recognition has come from the Department for Education, who have turned to PaJeS for advice regarding supporting Jewish schools.
As PaJeS has become more widely known, we have also received increased traffic to our website, www.pajes.org.uk. In May 2015, for example, we saw 2,262 visits to our website from 1,454 users.
The most popular reason for visits to our website is our current vacancies page, with 1,939 visits to this page in May. Jewish schools can advertise job opportunities here free of charge, and we regularly promote new vacancies that have been posted on the PaJeS Twitter and Facebook pages. This year, our most viewed vacancies have been for teaching assistant and school office roles, followed by a range of teaching posts in primary schools (class teacher, kodesh teacher etc).
PaJeS also plays an important part in helping parents of prospective students to become better informed about Jewish schools in the UK through our website www.findajewishschool.co.uk. The website averages 4,000 hits a month, with over 4,700 sessions seen in January 2015.
Our most popular page is the list of secondary schools, which averages well over 1,000 hits a month, followed by the list of primary schools, which receives 900 hits a month on average. Parents moving to the UK from abroad particularly appreciate the advisory service we provide them with via the contact page of the Find a Jewish School website.
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