A whole-school approach is vital to maintaining a consistent approach to the teaching and learning of handwriting from Infants level to 6th.
For a whole-school approach to be effective, certain documents need to be prepared prior to implementation. These include:
- a handwriting policy outlining the font, the time allocations, the expectations of the programme and of the pupils, how the program will be implemented and evaluated, teaching strategies, and differentiation and assessment requirements;
- a progressive teaching and learning sequence within each class and across the school;
- a list of handwriting terminology with relevant explanations and examples;
- a document outlining the dotted-thirds line sizing and the writing implements to be used in each class; and
- any relevant forms that teachers may need to access regarding referrals to specialists.