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