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Recovering handwriting: Five tips for the classroom

One of the consequences of the shift to remote learning at the height of the pandemic has been a subsequent loss in handwriting skills. Year 3 teacher Sophie Lamb offers some helpful tips for recovery

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

A recent research report concludes that writing was the subject hardest hit by the pandemic. It suggests that all year groups have seen more significant drops in writing than in any other subject.

The biggest fall in writing attainment was for year 3, with only 58% of children being at the expected level for their age compared with 79% in 2019 (Juniper Education, 2022).

Most teachers are already aware that there has been a drop in attainment, and it is reassuring to know that this is a national picture and not just related to our school.

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