Cambridge University Press and SATIPS join forces to get children writing

As handwriting re-joins the national curriculum this year, Cambridge University Press has teamed up with SATIPS for this year’s National Schools’ Handwriting Competition.

From 1 September 2014, school students in the UK from the age of six have been required to learn how to hand-write letters and other documents. From Key Stage 1 (year 1) ‘pupils should be taught to sit correctly at a table, holding a pencil comfortably and correctly.’ In Upper Key Stage 2 (years 5-6), students are also ‘taught to increase the legibility, consistency and quality of their handwriting.’

Patricia Lovett MBE, world-renowned calligrapher and Chief Competition Judge said, “We’re delighted handwriting is firmly back on the agenda and given the significance that it should have; it is such an important skill, and of course, we are looking forward very much to receiving the children’s entries.”

The competition runs from 20 November 2014 to 13 March 2015. The winning entries will be judged by Patricia Lovett MBE and announced during National Stationery Week (27 April to 3 May 2015). There are five categories including one for staff, with an overall winner being selected for each category and further prizes awarded for the winning entry for each year group.

To inspire children to get writing, winners of each category will receive a prize and a certificate, and teachers from winning schools can choose from a day’s handwriting training at the historic Pitt Building in Cambridge or £150 of Cambridge University Press education resources.

For more information and to enter, visit

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