Start-Bee Welcomes: Billing Brook School

I first met Nicola Parker, Billing Brook’s Literacy Coordinator and Assistant Head teacher, at last year’s Education Show.  Almost twelve months on and the school has become a passionate advocate of our handwriting scheme, which is something I’m obviously absolutely thrilled about so I wanted to share their enthusiasm with you. If you’re not familiar with the school, let me ...
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Pupils’ handwriting meeting expectations? Are you sure?

If you want your school to remain in Ofsted’s good books – quite literally – then your pupils’ handwriting will need to meet the expected standards as outlined by the Standards and Testing Agency in its 2016 teaching assessment exemplification for English Writing in primary schools. That means, now, a child’s handwriting ability can make the difference between a school being aw...
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Third of pupils can’t write? WRONG!

January is always a time for reflection and looking back it struck me that I’ve spent a lot of time talking about THAT national handwriting statistic.  I’m sure you’re familiar with it – it's the one former Education Minister Nicky Morgan used, claiming one pupil in three is struggling to master handwriting in primary schools across the UK.  At the time, if memory serves me...
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Handwriting is very much alive!

Did you know January is National Handwriting Month?  I didn't until today.  However, I do know that National Handwriting Day is set for the 23rd and yet, here we have another article condemning handwriting as irrelevant in a digital age.  We all know this isn’t quite true but for those who need convincing further this blog is for you. Handwriting has never been so import...
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Success With Start-Bee

The last time I wrote on the subject of teaching handwriting correctly, I was trialing our handwriting scheme in a couple of schools including Down Hall Primary School in Essex. I went back there in September to see how the Year 1’s and Year 2’s were getting on and the results were impressive, far exceeding expectations in some cases.  You can see for yourself here (Year 1's...
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