Effective Handwriting (EHand)

£475.00 (no VAT on this item) Per half day for whole school training
£350.00 (no VAT on this item) From £350 for staff meetings

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Description WHO IS EFFECTIVE HANDWRITING FOR? Effective Handwriting training supports schools who wish to implement a proven, coherent and consistent system for teaching handwriting. The training session provides a clear overview of progression in handwriting, fully linked to the National Curriculum 2014. Teaching approaches are suggested and participants have opportunities to apply some of the concepts learnt in practical tasks. A range of resources have been developed to support the effective teaching of handwriting including marking stickers, classroom environment posters, subject knowledge training PowerPoints and a Teacher’s Handbook. The resources on this site are linked to, and fully support, the teaching of handwriting in the 2014 National Curriculum.
Duration 1/2 day (1 hour staff meeting possible too)


Categories Primary, Secondary, Teaching and Learning, KS1, KS2, KS3, English / Literacy, Support Staff, Teaching staff, Learning Support, Pupil Support, Other support staff, Advanced Skills Teacher, Excellent Teacher, Main-scale (core) teacher, Newly Qualified Teacher, Non-practising teacher, Post-threshold Teacher, Pupil mentor, Supply / Peripatetic teacher, Trainnee (pre-QTS) teacher, Teacher trainer, Personalised Learning, SEND, Subject Knowledge, In school, After-school meetings, Team lesson planning/teaching, Speech / Seminar, Learning walk, School closure day, Coaching / Mentoring
Learning outcomes for participants/users and, where relevant, pupils or students

Participants will develop subject knowledge and pedagogy in relation to:

  • National Curriculum requirements and progression in handwriting
  • Effective Handwriting lesson structure
  • Core handwriting patterns and letter families
  • Formation, including capital letters and numerals
  • Letter height
  • Slant and spacing
  • Joining
  • Break letters
  • Decorated capitals
  • Working with left handed children
Evidence underpinning this approach

The approach used was developed by Greg Wallace whilst he was Executive Head of the Best Start Federation. (See: http://www.effectivemarking.co.uk/#/about-us/4524369395)

Ofsted reports from the schools in the Federation noted the high standard of presentation within children’s work. For example, "Excellent presentation of their work." (Whitmore Primary School, 2013)


However, Ofsted’s national report, ‘Moving English forward: action to raise standards in English’ (2012) found:

a lack of direct teaching of spelling and handwriting in survey schools and the way in which this constrained the learning of many pupils who would have benefited from it


Barnett et al (2006)  stated that:

For many years, handwriting has been the "cinderella skill" of literacy. Unless children are taught to write legibly and at speed, however, their educational achievements may be considerably reduced and their self-esteem affected. The ability to handwrite legibly is not an optional extra; it is essential for everyone even in this age of computer technology.

Sasson (2011) concurs with this view.

Some people seem to think that handwriting is redundant and not worth teaching any more. This is not true. It is still an important, if not vital, skill worldwide.

How users/participants can evaluate success

The best way to evaluate success is to look at how you change the way you teach handwriting as a result of this training. After that, if you are following the principles outlined, the impact of the training will be evident in the children’s handwriting.

We know that this programme can have a massive impact, if implemented in a cohesive and rigorous manner!

Follow-up activities and support

We strongly recommend that you subscribe to the Effective Handwriting website. You can request some samples from the site. Details are below.



We are happy to email you a selection of the resources as free samples.

We will send a range of sample resources.

Please make sure you include the words 'handwriting free samples' in the email's subject line. Thanks!
E mail: [email protected]

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This course does not have any pre-booked dates available. Please contact the provider directly to arrange this training.