“You want to put wings on the heels of your children? Teach them to touch type.
They’ll bless you for it in later life.”
Professor, University College London
Give your child a skill for life!
QWERTYkids run intensive touch typing courses for 7-17 year olds, delivered over 3 mornings which include motivational games, prizes and certificates.
Courses are run by two qualified teachers with many years of experience and a particular ability for creating a positive learning environment with children of all ages.
Groups are kept small, ensuring that each child is given the individual support and attention that helps them to fully embrace this new skill.
The course covers:
• The importance of touch typing
• Correct posture
• Correct finger placement
• Watch the screen, not the keyboard
• Build touch typing muscle memory
• Opportunity to practice and develop touch typing accuracy
• Guidance on how to continue to make progress at home
“I am one of Sasha’s GCSE teachers and I have been really impressed with how her speed of touch typing has improved since Sasha attended the three day QWERTYkids course. 50% of the course involves NEA, where students have to produce a typed project within a time frame. Sasha has found this element much easier as she types very efficiently and completes the written work in a much quicker time leaving more time to complete the practical work.
I would wholeheartedly recommend all children attending future touch typing courses!”
Touch typing benefits reading and spelling skills as well.
Learning to type can do so much more than increasing the speed with which you navigate a keyboard. Touch typing is a proven method for improving reading and spelling skills too.
Repetition is key in building the muscle memory needed for touch typing. Our course is an intensive introduction and the children will be instructed on correct touch type technique, as well as support and guidance for the ongoing practice at home, which of course will be required for total proficiency.
Philippa – BA Ed (Hons) Durham University
I have been teaching for over 20 years now and as a parent of a child who has dyspraxia and dysgraphia I have experienced first-hand the freedom touch typing can give a child.
My son was 10 when an Educational Psychologist suggested he should learn to touch type as no one (not even him!) could read his handwriting. He was the first child at his school to learn which meant new protocols had to be put in place. i.e. where was he going to charge his laptop, could he take his laptop home, could we buy him a laptop or did it need to be one of the schools? Once these issues were overcome he was able to use his chrome book for every lesson that involved extended pieces of writing. This was a not only a great relief to him but also to his teachers!!
He had been incredibly frustrated and demotivated when he couldn’t express himself on paper and now he types at a good 55 – 60 wpm! Previously he had to concentrate on his letter formation which made his work painfully slow and meant that he wrote the minimal amount required. He now he has the ability to type faster than it is possible to write!
Having gone through this process, as a mother and a teacher I am a passionate believer in the power of touch typing to release a child from the prison of not being able to express themselves. My daughter has also learnt to touch type as I am a firm believer that not only is touch typing essential for children with learning difficulties but it is a life skill for all children in our ever increasingly technological world.
Clare – BA Ed (Hons) Durham University
I am also a trained teacher. I have a 10 year old son who has visual processing difficulties and it was recommended that he learnt to use a laptop and touch type in lessons and for future exams. Both of us struggled to find local touch typing lessons and courses and knew that they would benefit from learning alongside other children.
I have a 13 year old son who uses a laptop at his school for all of his homework and in some lessons. Therefore, he benefits hugely from being able to touch type alongside writing in his lessons.