Should we scrap or keep pen licences? Do they really help or hinder children’s handwriting? One teacher looks at the controversial practice of rewarding pupils’ penmanship: ‘The theory is clear: we inspire children to improve their handwriting by promising the reward of a certificate and being able to write with a pen if they hit the correct level of skill required. But does it work? I am dubious. I think we need a whole rethink of the seemingly innocent pen licence. …In the mind of a child, the pen licence can often take on a disproportionate significance; a glaring signifier of those who are deemed good enough, and those who aren’t. Moreover, it is clearly problematic for dyspraxic and less able-bodied children – some children may never receive a pen licence at all. In no other area of the curriculum do we restrict access to all but the most able.’ Sally Kawagoe is a primary school teacher in the East Midlands. https://www.tes.com/news/why-we-should-get-rid-pen-licences What are your views about pen licences?