Handwriting Teachers in the UK The art of handwriting must be taught and reinforced as much as possible, especially in the 21st century where phones, computers and Ipads are becoming such a common form of communication. It appears that we are at risk of losing the ability to write legibly and it is important for parents […]

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Studies have shown that older schoolchildren handwrite almost 50% of the time and younger children handwrite almost 90 % of the time so good handwriting is crucial! During a school day, children write in workbooks, make notes, fill in worksheets, write exam papers, write down their homework and also write texts. Handwriting is an integral […]

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School handwriting skills cause concern in Oxfordshire schoolchildren Oxfordshire’s schoolchildren are falling behind with handwriting, according to county council report. It says Oxfordshire is in the bottom quarter of all local authorities for writing at Key Stage 2. A total of 68% of pupils met the expected standard, compared with 73% in England. The county […]

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Handwriting is an important and often overlooked communication skill.   Having been qualified for more than 30 years as a SLT and dyslexia teacher I remain astonished that the skill of handwriting is neither taught nor even mentioned in speech and language therapy training. Teachers themselves are not, in the main, taught how to teach […]

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What is an entry stroke? The skill of handwriting is difficult and I believe that the ‘entry stroke’ is difficult to form, unnecessary and should be abolished! An entry stroke is also known as the ‘lead- in’, ‘initial flick’, ‘entry flick’, ‘in stroke’ ‘whoosh-in’ or ‘continuous cursive’.  This is the aspect of a font, encouraged […]

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Good handwriting should be a component of school education. Currently, there is a clash between dependence on technology for assignments, and the requirement to write by hand in exams. We must always bear in mind that good handwriting is crucial to exam success. When it comes to learning new skills, the brain is adaptive; new […]

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