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Morrells Handwriting Teacher Training

The Pitfalls of a Lack of Teacher Training on Handwriting

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In an age dominated by digital communication, handwriting may seem like a skill children no longer require. However, it remains a fundamental skill for cognitive development and academic success. Despite.. Read More

National Handwriting Day 2024 (2)

Morrells Handwriting attending Dyslexia Show 2024

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We are delighted to announce Morrells Handwriting are returning to the Dyslexia Show 2024, taking place from Friday 15th March to Saturday 16th March. Sue Smits, owner and founder of.. Read More

Should we teach cursive in Reception and Key Stage 1?

Should we teach cursive in Reception and Key Stage 1?

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In the ongoing discussion about early education, a question that always arises: Should we delay the introduction of cursive handwriting in Reception and Key Stage 1 classrooms? We always emphasise.. Read More

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Which handwriting book do I require for my 7 year old?

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As a parent, selecting the right handwriting book for your 7-year-old can be a crucial step in supporting their literacy development. Morrells Handwriting are uniquely designed to be accessible for.. Read More

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Why is printed handwriting important for children?

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As an advocate for learning to print and mastering letter formation before progressing to joined-up handwriting, we often get asked, “why is printed handwriting important?” We wanted to highlight the.. Read More

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How do you teach nursery children to write?

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With over 17 years of experience working with nursery children as well as primary and secondary school children, one of the most common questions we are asked is “how do.. Read More

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When should my child learn joined-up handwriting?

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In the United Kingdom, children typically start to learn joined-up handwriting between the ages of 5-7 years old, in Key Stage 1 of primary school. However, the exact age at.. Read More

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Teachers missold the concept of lead-in stroke

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Following on my from last article on why children are still being taught the entry/ lead-in stroke despite significant changes to the handwriting curriculum in 2022, we wanted to look.. Read More

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Handwriting training is important for all schools

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Does your school require help with handwriting? Many school teachers tell us that they have not been taught to teach handwriting and that they feel out of their depth when.. Read More

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What are the changes to the handwriting curriculum?

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As a new school year approaches and teachers begin to plan lessons for the forthcoming term, we wanted to reflect on the significant changes to the handwriting curriculum, including the.. Read More

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The detrimental impact of the Halo Effect on Handwriting

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From our work in schools and with teachers, it has become apparent there is a Halo Effect in relation to neat, cursive (joined-up) handwriting and a pupil’s academic ability. All.. Read More

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What is the new Ofsted guidance on handwriting?

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On 23rd May, Ofsted published a Research Review Series on English with a specific section concentrating on handwriting, providing advice on pupils learning to write fluently before focusing on teaching.. Read More

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Why Correct A Poor Pencil Grip?

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Poor Pencil grip – the elephant in the room!   Have you read the recent article ‘Why handwriting still matters’ in The Spectator? This interesting article concludes that ‘those responsible.. Read More

Teachers Talk Radio

Sue Smits joins Nathan Gynn on Teachers Talk Radio

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I was delighted to have been invited to appear on Teachers Talk Radio in recent weeks to speak with Nathan Gynn on The Twilight Show alongside Nicky Parr from Better.. Read More

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School time pressures and catching up with handwriting

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Following the Covid-19 pandemic and the numerous lockdowns that took place across the country, school time pressures aren’t surprising. Especially to ensure all students have mastered the right skills they.. Read More

Parent Power

Parent Power: Taking charge of your child’s handwriting

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With the lockdown having shed a light on the true extent of the issues children have been experiencing with handwriting, through parent power, we are seeing parents taking charge and.. Read More

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Dyslexia and Dyspraxia Awareness Events

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The start of October sees both Dyslexia Awareness Week and Dyspraxia Awareness Week take place, which aim to help raise awareness around the conditions and also raise serious issues of.. Read More

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Leaving a mark with a loved ones’ handwriting

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Over recent years, we have seen a trend emerge where handwriting is being used to help personalise gifts and mementos, and even copied and used as designs for tattoos. This.. Read More

Morrells Handwriting Exercise Books

Morrells Launch New Range of Handwriting Exercise Books

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For the Morrells Handwriting team, there have been some exciting developments taking place as we enter 2021. We are delighted to be celebrating the launch of our latest books: our.. Read More

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A look back at the year 2020

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With the New Year just around the corner, I wanted to take this time to reflect and take a look back on the events of 2020…and what a year it.. Read More

Incorrect Grip Blog Aug 2020

Do you see what I see?

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Upon looking at the image above of this child writing with their pencils, do you notice anything wrong with the image? It may be obvious to some people that this.. Read More

Left Handers Matter

Left-Handers Matter!

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We live in a right-handed world and left-handers can struggle with a number of daily tasks due to the way a product has been designed. Take scissors as a prime.. Read More

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Turning the Tide on Pre-Cursive Handwriting

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The introduction of the primary teacher assessment framework fuelled the desire for cursive handwriting for all 4-11 years old, enabling pre-cursive and cursive handwriting with the lead-in or entry stroke.. Read More

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Helping to improve handwriting from afar

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During the Covid19 crisis, I have been continuing to support parents and carers in teaching their children handwriting whilst they are learning at home, providing a variety of resources and.. Read More

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New Cadbury Logo: How font style can impact legibility

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Last week I came across an article, discussing the reveal of the new Cadbury logo. This article discusses how this new look has been created in “modern” typography and has.. Read More

WHSmith Handwriting Roadshow – December

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Come and visit us this December at one of our WHSmith Handwriting Workshops. We can’t wait to continue our roadshow on the lead up to Christmas and meet as many.. Read More

WHSmith Handwriting Roadshow – November

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We are on the move! We are looking forward to continuing our WHSmith Handwriting Roadshow this November with visits to several WHSmith stores. If we are visiting a store near.. Read More

WHSmith Handwriting Roadshow – October

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We are excited to share the details of our upcoming workshops at several WHSmith stores this October. We cannot wait to work with children, teenagers and adults to quickly transform.. Read More

WHSmith Launch: The Journey Continues

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Following on from my success at the Isle of Man store, Morrells Handwriting came to the attention of WHSmith Head Office and it was then that the wheels really set.. Read More

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