If you haven't seen the comedian Rhod Gilbert (no relation!) visit Monnow Primary School near Newport, Wales, you have to! It's the funniest thing that's been on TV in a while. Gilbert visits this great primary school and is initially bemused about the whole set-up -- Planet Thunk, doing Maths in a forest, the teaching of reading -- but comes around at the end and is really very positive about the great work that teachers are doing...Catch it while you can on iPlayer here
Meanwhile, the government has been caught -- gasp -- praising a community school, Woodberry Down Community Primary Schoo
l in Hackney, for its piloting of doing maths without calculators. Woodberry Down is part of a series of federated community primary schools, Best Start Federation
; they are currently consulting as to whether they should become academy schools. So perhaps they won't be community schools for much longer. It's clear that huge pressure is being put on primary schools to become academies now.
There's more about the Best Start Foundation and Woodberry Down here: