More than a quarter of primary children can’t do joined up handwriting

The Mirror is reporting that more than a quarter of primary school children are unable to join up their handwriting.

While joining letters is not a curriculum requirement for all primary school ages, 15% of pupils aged 9 to 11 are still unable to do so.

A further 19% of primary school children cannot write in a straight line and 17% cannot write a full sentence.

According to a survey by Berol Pens, 36% of teachers say handwriting standards are continuing to fall as parents spend more time watching TV with their children than practicing their writing.

Angela Webb, Chair of the National Handwriting Association, said: “Being able to write by hand allows children to express themselves on paper and gives them confidence and pride in their work.

“Handwriting also supports the development of cognitive skills such as reading, spelling and the securing of maths concepts.”

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  1. Jeremy Rowe

    Sadly, one of the great exponents of handwriting, Christopher Jarman, died last week. He was an important person for many primary teachers, not only a brilliant teacher himself, but also the author of “Modern Hand” an excellent guide to handwriting. It’s still in print, available from NAPE. It would be a very fitting tribute to “Mister Pyjamas” if schools brought back the rigour of teaching handwriting. It’s not only a crucial life skill, but also an essential tool in developing hand-eye co-ordination and small motor skills. We must not be fooled into thinking handwriting doesn’t matter because of technology.

  2. Will Berol publish the actual data? – there’s nothing on their website.
    I wouldn’t trust a word otherwise.
    Sceptically yours

    I haven’t written more than a few words by hand for years

  3. Anonymous

    I have had to teach myself cursive script, just to encourage children to write in a similar way, as these are the schools expectations. However, I have always had excellent fine motor skills (even being left handed).
    As a teacher, I would far rather a child to write clearly in a style which suits them, as opposed to struggling to hold back their ideas in favour of a certain type of scribe.
    Who did Berol survey, I wonder? In my class of thirty children only 2 children (0.0666%) are unable to scribe clearly and that is because of medical reasons.

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