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21 November 2016 /

Penpals for Handwriting shortlisted for Bett 2017 Primary Digital Content Award

Penpals for Handwriting, a whole-school handwriting scheme from Cambridge University Press has been shortlisted for the highly contested Bett 2017 Primary Digital Content Awards. The scheme is the only handwriting programme to offer a progression from 3–11 years and to help children to develop fast, fluent and legible handwriting.

The nomination recognises that supporting teachers is at the heart of the scheme: which includes unit-by-unit teacher support, lesson planning and classroom management. It also offers great features to engage learners with handwriting activities, for example, a mixture of enjoyable fine- and gross-motor skill activities, modelled by children their own age, and offer a gallery of handwriting samples which show a mix of good and bad handwriting to analyze.

Penpals offers a practical, active-learning approach to support the delivery of handwriting teaching in response to the statutory requirements and non-statutory guidelines of the National Curriculum 2014 and all other UK curricula requirements. It comprises comprehensive teacher’s books, pupil practice and workbooks and interactive DVD ROMs with gross and fine motor skill exercises, pattern, letter and join modelling and exciting activities to help children develop a fast and fluent handwriting style.

Rich Westwood, Digital Publisher, at Cambridge University Press said: “. We’re thrilled that Penpals has been recognized for its commitment to helping children to develop fast, fluent and legible handwriting. It's great that a high tech award like BETT has recognised that technology can help improve the teaching of traditional skills such as handwriting, keeping this vital educational skill alive in an increasingly digital environment”

The results of the Bett Awards will be announced at a ceremony on January 25 2017.


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