A School Teacher’s Perspective on the Difficulties of Teaching Penmanship by The Handwriting Book Company

In an era dominated by digital devices and keyboard typing, the art of handwriting seems to be fading into the background. While the importance of technological literacy cannot be overstated, handwriting remains a fundamental skill with lasting benefits. However, teaching handwriting has become a formidable challenge for educators. This blog explores the perspective of our customer school teachers on the difficulties they encounter in imparting this seemingly simple yet crucial skill.

1. Technological Shift:

One of the primary challenges faced by teachers is the ubiquitous presence of technology in the lives of students. With smartphones, tablets, and computers becoming  a primary focus in children’s lives, and also integral to education, students are increasingly relying on keyboards for communication and note-taking. The digital shift has inadvertently diminished the emphasis on handwriting, making it a less practiced and mastered skill, yet an essential communications skill.

2. Varied Learning Styles:

Teachers encounter classrooms filled with students who exhibit diverse learning styles. Whilst some students grasp handwriting effortlessly, while others struggle with motor skills and coordination. The challenge lies in tailoring teaching methods to accommodate these differences, creating an inclusive environment where every student has the opportunity to develop legible and efficient handwriting.

3. Time Constraints:

The modern education system is characterized by packed curricula and standardized testing, leaving teachers with limited time to focus on specific skills like handwriting. With the pressure to cover a wide range of subjects, teachers find it challenging to allocate sufficient time for handwriting practice without compromising other essential elements of the curriculum.

4. Lack of Resources:

In some cases, teachers face the obstacle of limited funding for resources for teaching handwriting. Outdated or insufficient materials, such as  no KS1 handwriting textbooks, can hinder effective instruction. Educators require access to modern resources and tools that can engage students and enhance their handwriting abilities.

5 . Parental Influence:

Parents play a crucial role in a child’s education, and their support is vital for reinforcing the lessons taught in school. However, some parents may not fully recognise the significance of handwriting in their child’s academic and cognitive development. Lack of parental involvement or conflicting views on the importance of handwriting can impede a teacher’s efforts to in still this skill in students.


Teaching handwriting is a nuanced task that requires a delicate balance between acknowledging the digital age and preserving the importance of traditional skills.

School teachers face a myriad of challenges in this endeavour, from adapting to diverse learning styles to overcoming time constraints and resource limitations. At the exercise book company, we regularly  have contact with schools that are now using our Early Years KS1, standard KS1 or KS2 handwriting books. Certain schools, even use these books for all subjects!  Many schools have yet to discover these style of books and  we appreciate the difficulties in teaching handwriting and helping convert the scribbling to formed letters and words.

Despite these difficulties, recognising the enduring value of legible handwriting and implementing effective strategies can help educators equip their students with this essential skill for academic success and beyond. For a free consultation or samples, please contact us.

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