Can the Think Write Helps Schools Achieve the National Curriculum Guidelines for Handwriting?
In 2013 the government released the national guideline to schools, stating the standard of education the government was expecting. This lengthy document covers all aspects of the curriculum and for the purposes of handwriting, the government expectations for handwriting have been summarised:
In Year 1:
In Year 2:
In Year 3 & 4:
In Year 5 – 6
Hemispheres have carried out a series of studies to evaluate whether the Think Write is an effective programme in meeting the national standards for handwriting.
The results show that those children who have been taught using Think Write achieve the expectations for letter formation including start and finishing points are achieved by the end of Reception, rather than Year 1 and that the structure of the programme fully supports the instruction of ‘handwriting families’. 86.5% of the children leaving Year 2 are achieving the standards expected for children in Year 3 & 4 and most of the children are showing consistency in the fluidity of their writing before transitioning into Year 3.
The HTW also embodies the recommendations set out by the National Curriculum: