I (Debbie) have always found teachers show enormous interest in the teaching of handwriting. Teachers can lack confidence and they often respond more to this topic than other features of phonics provision. Could it be that they don’t always feel confident because they’re not convinced they’re doing justice to the teaching of handwriting for every child? This could be a conscious or sub-conscious state of affairs of course. It is also a question of being conscientious – teachers see at least some children struggling to write well or well enough and they simply want to do better for the children in their care. Whether toRead More →