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.

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Tune in to Amanda McLeod on the radio

Amanda McLeod of the National Handwriting Association was talking about the importance of handwriting on Radio 4’s PM with Evan Davis, on Times Radio and BBC Berkshire. You can listen to the PM recording from 5th May between 46:50 and 50:40 minutes.

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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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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

Students

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

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

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

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“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