The National Handwriting Association is a charity whose aims are to raise awareness of the importance of handwriting as a vital component of literacy, to promote good practice in the teaching of handwriting and to support those who work with children with handwriting difficulties.



About Handwriting

Handwriting is a means of expressing language, just like speech, and it also leaves a lasting trace. It is a complex skill to master, one which involves linguistic, cognitive, perceptual and motor components. Some people, young and old, find handwriting difficult and need help to perfect the skill. Even in the computer age, handwriting is important. Read more

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Annual Journal

The NHA’s annual journal Handwriting Today is available in both digital and printed versions, and is free for members.  View the latest edition

NHA Online Short Courses

Introduction to Video Presentations

Take our online courses hosted with Communicate-Ed starting on dates to suit you. Five courses are available now. View our taster videos.

Recent Publication

Our latest edition of Developing a handwriting policy: A practical guide for schools – is now available as a printed booklet or digital download, at a discount for members. Learn more

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Good Practice for Handwriting Toolkit

Download our Good Practice for Handwriting Toolkit free of charge. The pack includes a poster and two of our popular Tips for TeachingLearn more

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How Can We Help You?

Teachers & Support Staff

Do you want to know the requirements for handwriting in the Early Years Foundation Stage and the National Curriculum for English? Learn more


Are you in teacher training and want to know more about handwriting literacy? Start here


Are you concerned about your child’s handwriting? Here’s what to do


Do you work with children who have handwriting difficulties? See how we help therapists


“My pencil is my friend. Our letters curl and bend, And when ideas refuse to come I chew the other end.”

In Praise of Handwriting, by Julia Donaldson