In schools today, handwriting is more important than ever before. Why? because the Department of Education (DfE), through the Standards & Testing Agency (2016 teaching assessment exemplification: end of Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 English Writing) and OFSTED, is insisting every child masters fluent and legible handwriting before they leave primary school.
For schools this means a child’s ability to write or not can make the difference between a school being awarded ‘Good’, ‘Outstanding’ or even ‘Requires Improvement’ by OFSTED.
For children, who are unable to write to the required standard for Year 6 (that’s writing in a legible, neat, joined up script), this means that they will not be assessed any higher than working towards the expected standard for KS2. So, for those one in three children (according to Government figures) leaving primary school unable to write to the required standard, they will end up falling behind their peers because they do not meet the expected standard for end of KS2.
In Start-Bee’s experience, the one in three figure is optimistic. When carrying out handwriting assessments in local primary schools, Start-Bee found, in one sample group of 75 Year 1 pupils, that only two pupils were considered emergent handwriters (that’s being able to write to the appropriate standard). To ensure each pupil met DfE’s attainment outcomes, more than three quarters of the group were subsequently placed on Start-Bee’s handwriting intervention programme.
To help teachers improve their handwriting lessons, Start-Bee has joined forces with world leading stationery manufacturer, BIC® UK. Together, we are providing schools with a teaching method and handwriting tools which, in combination, helps anyone, whatever their ability, master fast, legible handwriting. Together we are on a mission to ensure EVERY child can write effortlessly, enjoyably and excellently and EVERY school meets the attainment outcomes for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2: English Writing, as set out by the Department of Education.
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