Mother-of-four on a mission to transform handwriting skills of London schoolchildren

Lee Dein of Magic Link handwriting. Photo by Nikolay Petrov

Lee Dein of Magic Link handwriting. Photo by Nikolay Petrov - Credit: Archant

A mother-of-four is on a mission to transform the handwriting skills of schoolchildren.

Lee Dein, who has been helping kids hone their talents for more than 30 years, runs Magic Link, a programme of 10 to 12 lessons designed to focus on a skill which many students have failed to grasp by the time they start secondary school.

As well as running face-to-face groups from her house in Hampstead Garden Suburb, Lee’s programme can be followed by video lessons or woven into the school curriculum.

Lee, who is also a qualified speech and language therapist and dyslexia teacher, said: “More than a quarter of all pupils have bad handwriting and not only is there a massive demand – parents do not know there is a solution.

“I single-handedly created my programme from home. It is now being used around the country in both private and state schools, with fantastic results.”

The programme teaches cursive handwriting in 30 steps, and Lee believes it is a perfect fit for primary and secondary schools.

Sheryl Bekhor, a Year 4 teacher at Brooklands Junior School in Hampstead Garden Suburb, said: “I piloted this programme with my Year 4 class and the improvement in their writing was phenomenal.

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“It took a while for the results to reflect in their class books for all written subjects but by the end, they were writing beautifully using the Magic Link.

“The children were encouraged throughout the programme as they could see how their writing was improving and wanting to impress. I used the triangular pencils but not the triangular pens.

“I would recommend triangular shapes for both. I loved the fact the programme was set out in steps and it was extremely easy and clear to follow.”

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