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Welcome to Effective Handwriting

This site contains resources to support schools who wish to implement a proven, coherent and consistent system for teaching handwriting.


A range of resources have been developed to support the effective teaching of handwriting including marking stickers, classroom environment posters, subject knowledge training PowerPoints and a Teacher’s Handbook.


The resources on this site are linked to, and fully support, the teaching of handwriting in the 2014 National Curriculum.

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Handwriting in the 2014 National Curriculum

‘Writing also depends on fluent, legible and, eventually, speedy handwriting.’


Year 1


Pupils should be taught to:

 sit correctly at a table, holding a pencil comfortably and correctly

 begin to form lower-case letters in the correct direction, starting and finishing in the right place

 form capital letters

 form digits 0-9

 understand which letters belong to which handwriting ‘families’ (i.e. letters that are formed in similar ways) and to practise these.


Year 2


Pupils should be taught to:

 form lower-case letters of the correct size relative to one another

 start using some of the diagonal and horizontal strokes needed to join letters and understand which letters, when adjacent to one another, are best left unjoined

 write capital letters and digits of the correct size, orientation and relationship to one another and to lower case letters

 use spacing between words that reflects the size of the letters.


Years 3 and 4


Pupils should be taught to:

 use the diagonal and horizontal strokes that are needed to join letters and understand which letters, when adjacent to one another, are best left unjoined

 increase the legibility, consistency and quality of their handwriting [for example, by ensuring that the downstrokes of letters are parallel and equidistant; that lines of writing are spaced sufficiently so that the ascenders and descenders of letters do not touch].



Years 5 and 6


Pupils should be taught to:

 write legibly, fluently and with increasing speed by:

 choosing which shape of a letter to use when given choices and deciding whether or not to join specific letters

 choosing the writing implement that is best suited for a task.


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