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					   HANDWRITING



EFFECTIVE: 31 MARCH 2001
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                                                             CONTENTS

1       POLICY.............................................................................................................................. 3
2       BACKGROUND ................................................................................................................. 3
3       RELEVANT LEGISLATION ................................................................................................ 3
4       PROCEDURES.................................................................................................................. 3
5       GUIDELINES ..................................................................................................................... 3




Handwriting
All policy and procedural statements contained within this document are lawful orders for the purposes of section 80(a) of the Public
Sector Management Act 1994 (WA) and are therefore to be observed by all Department of Education and Training employees.
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POLICY
                All students are to develop a personalised, fluent and legible handwriting that will
                deal adequately with whatever writing demands are placed on them.


BACKGROUND
                The Victorian Modern Cursive handwriting style was adopted as the recommended
                style for Western Australian schools after national and international research into
                handwriting. It was introduced to provide consistency, direction and clarification in
                response to the diverse styles being taught in Western Australian government
                schools.

                The recommended style is also consistent with those styles adopted in other states
                of Australia and so there is less potential for students to be disadvantaged in moving
                between states.

                Victorian Modern Cursive removes the distinction between printing (manuscript) and
                running writing (cursive). Students learn a foundation style and later learn how to
                join letters to form a cursive script. This does away with the need to learn a
                completely new style when moving from printing to cursive writing.

                Two other advantages of the Victorian Modern Cursive writing style are that the style
                is based on natural handwriting patterns (basic scribble patterns), and requires no
                retracing of letter parts.


RELEVANT LEGISLATION
                        School Education Act, 1999, Section 67: Curriculum
                        Curriculum Council Act, 1997, Division 9 - Curriculum Framework (English
                        Learning Outcomes, Writing)


PROCEDURES
                Differences in style in children’s handwriting learned in other states and territories, or
                      elsewhere in Western Australia are to be accepted.
                Children who have already established an effective handwriting style are not to be
                      required to change that style.


GUIDELINES
                a)      The foundation style can be built upon and adapted by the student. It is
                        usually introduced to the students for at least one year before they are taught
                        the cursive script letter-joins. There is no need for conformity once the letter
                        shapes and sequences become automatic to the point of legibility and fluency.
                b)      The focus during the middle and upper primary years should be on the
                        development of a personalised, fluent and legible style, rather than on specific
                        formations of letters and letter-joins.


Handwriting
All policy and procedural statements contained within this document are lawful orders for the purposes of section 80(a) of the Public
Sector Management Act 1994 (WA) and are therefore to be observed by all Department of Education and Training employees.
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                c)      While the Victorian Modern Cursive is the recommended handwriting style any
                        school electing not to use it should have sound educational reasons for doing
                        so.
                d)      Handwriting lessons requiring compliance with a rigid style should be
                        discouraged and stylistic variations that do not reduce fluency or legibility
                        encouraged.




Handwriting
All policy and procedural statements contained within this document are lawful orders for the purposes of section 80(a) of the Public
Sector Management Act 1994 (WA) and are therefore to be observed by all Department of Education and Training employees.