Writing

Children, Schools and Families written question – answered on 15th July 2008.

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Photo of David Laws David Laws Shadow Secretary of State (Children, Schools and Families)

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what guidance his Department has issued on the teaching of handwriting in the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Jim Knight Jim Knight Minister of State (Schools and Learners), Department for Children, Schools and Families, Minister of State (Department for Children, Schools and Families) (Schools and Learners)

Through the National Strategies this Department has produced the following guidance on handwriting for schools in the last five years:

Support materials—Developing Early Writing May 2001—have been provided to schools. Additional materials will be provided in January 2009 to schools which link spelling and handwriting.

Primary Framework October 2006: A strand of the Primary Framework for Literacy is dedicated to presentation skills, including handwriting. This provides objectives for every year group from Reception to Year 6.

Letters and Sounds April 2007: Our phonics resource, Letters and Sounds, contains general guidance on the teaching of handwriting to young children.

The primary framework assessment section—January 2008—also contains exemplification of writing through Levels 2-5.

These materials are for guidance and how to teach handwriting, including when to introduce a joined-up script, remains a school based decision. There is no nationally prescribed scheme and no requirement to teach a particular style or script.

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