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Why handwriting matters more than ever

Far from being a dying art, handwriting in schools matters more than ever, paediatric occupational therapist Dr Mellissa Prunty tells Christina Quaine

Handwriting matters, and should be focused on

How good is the handwriting of your pupils? For the most part, it should be legible, at least. Few schools have embraced the digital world to the degree that everything arrives to be marked or read having been typed on a computer. And exams remain persistently analogue – the pen still rules.

But being able to read a young person’s writing is not the only condition that should be considered by teachers. Speed, the level of clarity, how much of a barrier the writing of words is to the thinking of the words, how much pain, even, handwriting causes – these all matter not just for learning, but ...

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