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"At Marshgate Primary School we have recognised the need for the valuable skill of touch-typing. I started by conducting extensive research into a large selection of touch-typing programs, and found a program called Englishtype Junior. This was the most suitable for our school. We started using Englishtype Junior with two small lunchtime clubs. These groups soon became extremely popular and within the first week we had a long waiting list. The children couldn't wait for their club and enthusiasm quickly spread throughout the school.

From September this year we introduced touch-typing lessons into our weekly timetable. All the children in years 4, 5 and 6 have a half an hour lesson, per week, during PPA time. This lesson is taken by myself, Touch-typing Tutor & HLTA. The children also have the option to practice every lunch time in the ICT suite. As you can imagine this is very popular. Children are keen to come and even want to practice at home. During school time they can work through the lessons, at their own pace and then gradually unlock games which are not only fun but reinforce all the keys they have just learnt. Englishtype Junior constantly feeds the information such as Accuracy, Speed and WPM back to the children after every lesson. They then really enjoy trying to beat their own personal best, each time. Children are left to work at their own speed with whilst I check on all the children's progress and attend each child individually, ensuring that the correct finger position is used. Englishtype comes with a detailed teacher report package and full network functionality. At the end of each lesson I print out a class report and analyze the data.

Out of the 180 children I teach per week more than 40% of them are typing between 20-40 WPM and a few of the children are now typing at over 80 WPM. This has made a huge impact on the children's learning, both with their spelling, listening skills and Literacy. Some of the parents have purchased Englishtype for use at home which has enabled the children to move forward at a quicker pace.

I would always recommend that you do get some experience of the software first if you are contemplating teaching to teach this in your school. This can be achieved by doing it yourself and also if possible going to visit another school which is using it. The software is very easy to use and the support we have had from Englishtype has been wonderful. Thank you.

At Marshgate Primary School we would like to raise the profile of the importance of touch-typing in schools and this would not be possible without the use of such a great piece of software."

Touch Typing Tutor/HLTA, Marshgate Primary School, Richmond upon Thames.

"Touch typing is now part of our School Development Program. We had identified that keyboard skills were weak. Years 3-6 have 15 minutes per week on our laptops, several Year 5's have finished the program - they have really done very well. The children really enjoy it. It's a very child friendly design, they can't wait to get on to the games! The incentive to do more lessons to get to a new game works very well. It's the best lesson of the week - there is total silence! It is really focussed concentration, and it's great.

It has improved their confidence no end. We follow QCA in ICT, and there are various units they have to do inputting text. Before this, I'd say, you have to do some typing and they'd look at me in horror. Now, it's not taking half an hour to type a tiny bit of text. They think about what they doing & writing, and not just where the keys are. We've seen great increases - children up to 12 words a minute from just 4, and some have finished the whole program and are typing quickly. We have a few SEN children and it fits well with their styles of learning, so everyone can use the same program and succeed."

ICT Manager & HLTA, Shawclough Primary School, Rochdale.

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"I would just like to thank you for enabling us to introduce such an interesting and 'fun' program into our school timetable. I have never seen the children so keen to do an ICT activity. When we extended our ICT suite it was an ideal opportunity to improve keyboard skills to provide a good base for ICT lessons. I had already used other touch typing programs (2 Simple and Mavis Beacon) but felt that they wouldn't hold the children's attention long enough to use on a regular basis. I liked the look of Englishtype in the catalogue (clear, interesting, easy-to-use lessons and games) and the children responded really well to it, straight away. I felt that Year 3 were the children to target, as they made the transition into Key Stage 2, so that they could use the skills they had learnt as the moved up through the rest of the school. We timetabled the typing sessions twice daily initially, as I felt that short, sharp practice on a daily basis was the key to keeping the children focused. However due to the busy curriculum timetable we had to cut the sessions down to once a day at Christmas. As our suite only has 15 PC's, the children now have 30 minute sessions every other day to accommodate a class of 30. I still feel that it would be ideal to give the children more frequent sessions so we are busy trying to form a timetable for the new Year 3 group in September to access the program on a daily basis.

As the children all work at their own pace and ability, (which I feel is important to enable the children to achieve, without pressure) we now have children at various levels on the program. Five children have obtained the bronze performance certificate and one child has received all three certificates reaching the gold level. Two children use the program at home. Having spoken to some the children involved the following are samples of their comments:

  • "The games are really good fun".

  • "The lessons are easy to follow".

  • "The lessons are really fun and it will help me with ICT through all my life".

  • "I like to practice at home so that I get really fast".

  • "I like getting certificates at the end to know I have done really well".

  • "It tells you when you've done something wrong".

The children love playing the games and this in itself keeps them motivated as they move through each level of lessons on the program. I have also introduced Englishtype to three Special Needs children, all who have learning difficulties at various levels. Having recognised the importance and benefits of touch typing, my Headteacher has now organised further sessions for some of the Special Needs children with a touch typing teacher who comes into school from the sensory impaired division of the County Council. I feel strongly that it is an extremely good marketing point for our school to be offering this skill within our own timetable. Well done on such a brilliant program!"

ICT Manager & HLTA, Gawsworth Primary School, Macclesfield

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"When it came to choosing touch typing software for use in our school, we had recently invested in new computer equipment and knew it was time to give the children from Year 3 upwards the opportunity of having a greater degree of control over the computer as a writing tool. The younger children in the school were already acquiring good early keyboard skills, but we knew that there was a gap for the older children. We sat with catalogues and ordered just about every typing tutor we could find on approval. We were not impressed with what we found and we had almost given up the idea of the purchase until we came across EnglishType Junior. Our initial positive reaction was based mainly on the interface - it had the right balance of information on screen for the task, explaining clearly and succinctly to the children the nature and purpose of the software. The interface is colourful, the keyboard and on-screen 'hands' provide supportive feedback to the user and make a clear link between the computer and the keyboard as interface. Moreover, it defined touch typing in an appropriate way. As teachers we loved these factors enough to take the plunge and for me, as network administrator, I was pleased with the way in which it comfortably worked with a client server network

The children in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 use EnglishType Junior at least once a week, for at least 20 minutes. That is our baseline. In our classroom setup they are free to use it more often if their other activities allow it. It is obvious that they like it as children in Year 6, who have been using it for at least two years, still ask to go on the computer and complete a couple of lessons and check their progress through the EnglishType games. The interface is important to them; they take time to adjust the background and keyboard colours until they have created something comfortable to their eyes, they never need to be shown how to find things within the software beyond an initial demonstration and their attitude is one of ownership of their own progress. Our children set themselves up to use the software, taking headphones and cloths to the computer, plugging in, adjusting the volume and covering their fingers in order to begin.

We have a significant number of dyslexic pupils and others with difficulties who benefit from having good keyboard skills. EnglishType Junior has been phenomenally supportive for these children who, despite a great deal of initial difficulty with the keyboard, have found that they still want to stick at it because they are using EnglishType. The software has helped improve their spelling, sentence writing and general confidence with a keyboard. It is supporting all our children in this area. 'Listen and Type', the feature which came to us with Version 3 of EnglishType Junior, has proved incredibly popular with all the children. Used alongside the games, this feature truly extends the skills learnt within the typing lessons and reinforces the children's learning. As teachers we couldn't be happier. We see the progress the children are making, we notice the difference it makes to their written work, both on screen and on paper. On top of this, we see the remarkable difference it makes to the children's ICT skills, the confidence gained because they truly know the keyboard, the keyboard layout and how the interface works. Having started by looking for support to help the children to get to know the keyboard, we now find that we have acquired a great deal more."

Network Administrator, Dallington School, London

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"Englishtype was introduced last September in Year 5. 6 children from each class (do typing for) the first half an hour of the day, 4 times a week. The rest of the class are involved with reading activities in that session. Our pupils are predominantly mainstream, but we also have visually impaired pupils, children with ASD and some very low achieving pupils. All our children have been very keen to do the lessons - they stop the TA responsible for taking them in the corridor and ask if typing is on today. We recently had an open morning for parents of year 2 children and the parents were very impressed that we are teaching the pupils to type. Next year we plan to extend this into year 3.

The colour coding works particularly well with our middle/high achievers as they seem more able to associate the patterns and progress at a faster pace, but it's another support mechanism that the less able can use. Our visually impaired pupil benefits from the colours and the letter sizes are large enough for her to be able to view the screen. Sentence structure and phonic patterns are good, especially for SEN. Some of the sentences are quite amusing!

We have found that children who often have difficulty concentrating are able to stay on task and remain focussed because they are engaged. We love using it, the children at our school use computers regularly and not being able to touch type was really holding them back and wasting valuable time. This program is bright and colourful, there's enough repetition, even at the higher levels, to ensure pupils do take on board new keyboarding skills. Parents have been enthusiastic and we have been encouraged that several pupils have now got it at home. We have already found it has benefited our year 5 pupils and the link between spelling and sentence construction is also extremely useful. We looked at a variety of different packages, but our school ethos is to try to link teaching and learning across the curriculum and we felt this package achieved that, and at a very reasonable cost. It was easy to install, and the fact that we can administer it and check where children are is a real bonus. We have been very happy with our purchase and would be more than happy to recommend it to others..."

Year 5 Teacher, Darrick Wood Junior School, Bromley

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"At Richard Durning's Endowed Primary School about five years ago, I was looking for some sort of touch-typing software to use with my year 3 and 4 class. We are a small - eighty odd pupil - primary school and at that time felt well endowed with computers, having 5 or 6 in each of our three classrooms. Personally I felt there was a gap in our ICT scheme, and having three teenage children all trying to word-process school/college assignments on our home computer, I felt that the best ICT skill I could give the children in my class would be the ability to touch type. Together with our ICT assistant we trialled as many programmes as we could find that looked remotely suitable. We chose Englishtype as it was 'English' and not 'American-English', and it looked child friendly and fun.

Now the school has sufficient laptops for each child in a class and English type is very much a part of our ICT scheme, every year in the Spring term, and from then on continued at every opportunity. Introduced in January, the program is used by the children for an hour every Wednesday for 6 weeks and from then until the summer holiday whenever we have the laptops and a spare few minutes in ICT or English lessons. The latest version is very usable in this way, as it saves the position not just at the end of the line, but part way through too, so the children get a real feeling of progression and achievement. Some of this year's year 4 children have progressed onto level 4d now of the KS2 program, with the quicker Y3's not far behind. The colour coding is an excellent innovation and I have been impressed by the highly structured content of the units. The children thoroughly enjoy using it and are eager to get to the end of a level and be able to do a game! Some Special Needs children who find concentration hard are able to use it for short periods of time but more frequently, and are enjoying success. These skills are so transferable to other subject areas. Word processing their tasks in History or Science is a much quicker and more rewarding task..I have one SEN pupil for whom the skill of writing his thoughts and ideas onto paper is an enormous chore. The fun of using English-type has made this accessible to him and given him so much confidence. Thank you English-type!"

Deputy Head, Richard Durnings Primary School, Lancashire

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"English Type Junior Touch Typing is now an integral part of the ICT curriculum at Beechwood Park School. Over 250 pupils have now experienced touch typing, ranging from approximately 7 years to 12 years old. Generally sessions run for no more than thirty minutes, but there are currently also two Touch Typing Clubs, of 25 minutes each, for those who choose extra practise. An additional option is home practise using the software, which over 70 children have chosen. Some pupils have now completed the course, achieving up to 16wpm (words per minute), whilst other are still on their Touch Typing journey.

Touch Typing is a skill that the ICT Department has identified as important, but also the parents too. The children love the challenge. Our Learning Support Department has also embraced the software with much success. Children of all abilities find the simple screen layouts and use of coloured screen shots help greatly, and we have fabricated our own keyboard covers to remove any temptation to peek at keys!

An aspect of particular note is that pupils of varying abilities can all succeed in their touch typing. Sometimes children who find normal levels of concentration difficult, choose and manage to concentrate intently when practising. The well paced lessons suit their needs perfectly, and the additional games add an extra incentive. A selected group of children who find spelling or handwriting a challenge, are experimenting with laptops in the classroom, and this had proved very successful, as a pilot.

So, touch typing with English Type Junior has proved a great success, with the children of all abilities, their parents and the ICT Department!"

Beechwood Park School, Head of ICT

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"After careful research, I chose Englishtype as a tool to engage students and enhance their spelling, reading, grammar and punctuation, whilst giving them useful touch-typing skills. Englishtype is on offer in the lunchtime club. Outside term time, we run a summer school for around 30 new Year 7 pupils who are identified by their feeder schools as potentially finding the transition from primary to secondary school difficult.

My first two touch-typing graduates act as Helpers, they collect the headphones and tea-towel covers. I give a geometry set on completion of the touch-typing course and after a small test to demonstrate their skills. They are also awarded a certificate in their year assembly. The children love using it as it is easy to use and they can quickly progress beyond the basic skills. I like it as I know they are improving their literacy skills without realising and I can track their progress through the Admin interface. It is very easy to use and boys rapidly get to a stage where they can see that they are increasing in speed and accuracy."

Curriculum Technician/HLTA, Ravens Wood School, Bromley, Kent

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"Englishtype is simply the best touch typing tutor available. We chose this typing program after looking at many others. We liked Englishtype because it was dedicated to teaching the brain to automatically "learn" the key positions. Its emphasis on making the pupils cover their hands and concentrate on the ever present keyboard on the screen was critical in our decision making. The clear instructions, ease of log on, step by step progression, accuracy feedback and teacher administration are all features that staff and pupils like. The speed tests and games elements are also popular. Our pupils use this program every day throughout Year 3 and Year 4. It has been excellent in allowing basic word processing to be achieved at a far greater rate, allowing more time for redrafting and other text manipulation. I would thoroughly recommend this program to any school looking to teach this important life skill to their pupils."

Headteacher, Silverton Primary School, Devon

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"We teach Years 3 and 4, they have half an hour a week, during PPA cover. We have some children who can do 15wpm, their accuracy is fantastic at 90%, which is great and they can build their speed from there. I chose Englishtype, I like the multi-sensory design with colour coding and written and spoken instructions. It has been great for our SEN children too, good for fine motor skills, concentration span and letter familiarisation. The children really enjoy it, and their keyboard skills have really improved. It is a great foundation for them to continue improving after Year 4."

Network Manager, Wraysbury Primary School, Windsor

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Special Needs Teachers

"I (teach) a group of 15 children with a mixed age range (mostly from Year 6) and with various needs, Specific Learning Difficulties, handwriting difficulties, low self esteem. I chose Englishtype because it is well structured, attractive, clear and age appropriate. The multi-sensory approach of Englishtype encourages reading and aims to improve spelling using age relevant useful vocabulary - this seemed to be especially appropriate for those children with Sp.L.D. These children do not feel threatened by the program which gives immediate feedback. The program has helped with self esteem. It has also been a valuable part of the preparation for secondary transfer."

SENCo, Martin Junior School

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"I have used this program in 2 schools with amazing results. The programme enabled children with a variety of Special Needs to type fast enough to take notes and complete written work. This raised their self esteem and made them feel that they could cope within school. With the use of computers and the need for good keyboard skills as an essential part of the work market, I would like to see all children learning to touch type as early as possible. The careful use of games within the programme makes it fun and rewards the children's progress, excellent. It helps teachers too!"

Special Needs Unit, Islington

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"We have used English Type very successfully with young children and teenagers here at Egham Centre, both as part of our multi-sensory lessons and for specific touch typing courses. The format is easy to operate and the children find the characters likeable. Touch typing is an important skill for children with specific learning difficulties and the product is easily accessible for learners and is priced competitively."

Dyslexia Action Head Office

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"I searched the internet for months looking for the right typing program for my pupils. We specialise in providing part time tuition for children with ASD and ADHD. I wanted a program which was clear and uncluttered, with a large keyboard layout and good visual clues, along with an audio output, and a format that could be adapted to suit particular pupils needs. I liked the fact that the makers of the program were coming from an educational background, understanding the many benefits of typing in helping to improve literacy skills, as well as being a typing tutor. I have been very pleased with the program and it satisfied all my needs."

ASD Learning Ltd

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"I have used (Englishtype) with my Dyslexic / Dyspraxic, he has thoroughly enjoyed the experience and is progressing well. He has been able to use the programme independently from day one and has remained motivated throughout. He has asked his mum to buy him a copy for him to practise on at home. Many of my other students who have seen this programme are eager to be allowed to use it. I really love Englishtype. I have had a lot of success with it on a personal level... I'm up to 35 to 40 words per minute. I'm really pleased with my efforts and it was much easier than I thought it would be."

TA, Moseley Park School

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"As an advisory teacher for Visual Impairment in Wiltshire I have found Englishtype invaluable. Depending on their eye condition, some of our pupils are issued with a laptop and a laptop camera so that they can access information on the whiteboard and also see the expressions and body language of their teachers. In addition, many visually impaired students find it beneficial to work on a laptop as the font and size of font can be adjusted to suit the needs of the individual child. With this in mind I had been searching for a touch typing programme that was suitable for my pupils. The skill of touch typing being especially useful for someone with a visual impairment.

Englishtype proved to be the answer to my prayers. It is appropriate for different ages, linked to the National Curriculum and most important FUN. The inbuilt certificates and progress feedback are really useful for maintaining motivation. The games are fun and almost addictive, resulting in hours of stimulating practice at what would otherwise be a very boring and soul destroying task. The ability to change the background colour is also very useful for some of my pupils as this enables them to chose the option that gives them the best contrast between letters and background. I have used the appropriate programme with several pupils from 7 years of age to 17 years and with different eye conditions. All of my pupils have made excellent progress and value the skill they have learnt. This year I have 3 Year 6 students who will be moving to new secondary schools with typing skills in the region of 25 words per minute and an accuracy of approximately 94% . This gives them a considerable advantage on their sighted peers. An excellent programme".

Advisory Teacher, Wiltshire Vision Impairment Service

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"I chose to start this programme with my pupils because all of them struggle with writing and I am hoping that they will eventually generalise their ability to type so they can evidence their work for all subjects in a way that they find acceptable as handwriting is so laborious for them. They often have a diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder as well as the Autism or Asperger Syndrome (high functioning autism) which means their concentration span is in minutes so typing is a much better way to help them to present work. They can see their finished work is organised, neat, tidy, all the letters are the same size and shape, unlike handwriting and when printed out, teachers can read it and don't put red marks all over it!! Computer skills are a necessary addition to the bank of skills which children need to make progress in a competitive world. It levels that playing field if our autistic pupils have those skills.

Part of the beauty of the program, is that it is flexible and adaptable, an essential requisite when working with children on the Autism continuum. We adapt it to the individual child, the availability of TAs, the timetable, avoiding over-stimulation or boredom, whether the computers are available, distractions in the classroom etc and this programme allows us to do that. Now that the pupils have been working on the programme for several months, they are more confident, more accurate and faster than they were when they first started. They can also word-process work in other lessons more efficiently so that by the time they move from Middle to High School.

Your programme is very good for autistic pupils for the following reasons: each lesson has a defined structure which appeals to autistic children who like to know where to start, how long they have to work for and when they have finished. It is totally predictable as it is the same format every time they go onto it. It has an immediate reward system at the completion of each lesson. The games are like the computer games all children respond to and therefore worth working towards. The colours are bright and attractive but do not flash, jump about or change which would confuse and distract the autistic child from the purpose of the task (other programmes I have considered have little cartoon characters, American voices and flashes of colours and letters) Stimuli need to be restricted or stress levels are raised. It is flexible because the child can work at his own pace, with a different colour for the background if one does not suit them and with sound on or off or low volume as all autistic children have strong or even painful reactions to intensity of sound, light or colour to varying degrees). Autistic children need a multi-sensory approach to learning and the kinaesthetic/visual/auditory nature of the programme is of great value to our pupils. They receive information through various channels, which improves learning. Most autistic pupils love computers and so they need no convincing to work on the programme. They relate very well to computers. A monitor has no emotions, no facial expression to interpret and no body language to confuse the autistic person. Autistic people are monotropic so enjoy being in a restricted universe which they can control. They are "tunnelled" and so prefer an environment which stays the same, starting from where the child is and linking child and monitor with no need for a context. It evidences progress by the WPM score or the percentage score, important to some of the pupils and surprisingly sometimes not, as some prefer the reward system rather than the statistics. By giving autistic individuals power and scope, it may help to develop self-esteem and optimism about their own performance."

Autism Unit, Walkwood Middle School

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Parents & Children

From Patrick Gifford
Patrick's Mum bought the program for him, but school has now purchased a copy.

Dear Mrs Westwood,
I printed this out yesterday because I am really pleased with my results on the Englishtype program. I can remember when I typed with two fingers and had to spend hours looking for the right key.

Having completed the course I found that I was typing at 30 w.p.m. and it kept getting faster and faster. When I decided to test myself (again) I surprised everyone even myself. Thanks so much for making this wonderful program. It has saved me a lot of time!
Good luck for the future, hope that many children and adults learn to touch type.

p.s. A certificate to prove it.
(Which is a GOLD award for 97% Accuracy at 75 wpm on 10th February, 2008)

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Philip Smith, 11yrs old, attended a children's course

"I found learning to type by touch fun and easy to follow and hope that it will be of use to me in my next school for homework and ICT lessons. I thoroughly enjoyed learning to type and so would like to thank all the people who helped run the course so that we could do it properly."

(Philip Smith did a 5 day intensive course with Englishtype. On the last day, his speed test was 31wpm with 93% accuracy)

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From a mum...

"My two children, Jackson aged 11 and Lexington aged 9 have both been diagnosed with dyslexia and have as a consequence have struggled with their schooling since going to school. Last October, through a mutual friend I was recommended to teach the children to touch type using the English Type system. The children took around 3 months to learn to touch type using the computer programme. The instructions were clear, the method of teaching easy to understand and the games were fun. The children had no problem following the programme and were motivated to move up levels as their confidence and ability grew.

My daughter now types at 22 words a minute and my son at 27 words a minute. Both children touch type most of their homework which has liberated them. Lexy's teacher told me her written homework was now of a different standard. She uses a much wider breadth of words, where as before she was limiting herself to using simple words she felt confident to spell. Jackson's confidence has grown beyond measure. He recently took a school entrance exam and score 68% in his English against an average of 58%. I am sure this confidence has come about because he feels he now has a method of writing which is not hampered by his poor spelling ability.

I have seen first hand the difference leaning to touch type with the English Type has made to both of my children. The results have been astounding and I would recommend it to any child with learning difficulties."

From her children...

"I learnt to touch type using English Type and now I do not have to worry coming home because now I can finish off my homework easily. It helps me with the quickness of my work and the spelling as when I right click it shows me the right spelling. I think typing like this will help me with my job when I get older. The program is fun as the way it is planned out is not boring. The games encourage you and it is good that you can change your own levels. I am the only girl in my class who can touch type and my friends are jealous of me." Lexy aged 9yrs

"My name is Jackson and I am 11 years old. I have learning difficulties and my mum has made me learn to touch type using the English Type program. I can now type at 24 words per minute. This program was very good because it went step by step and colour coded all the different letter with your fingers. It took in around 8 weeks to learn. Being able to type my homework has made it easier and quicker. I am the only person in my class who can touch type and I think it will help me to pass my exams. Although I am not allowed to use a lap top at school, I type a lot at home." Jackson, aged 11yrs

An update on Jackson...

"Jackson taught himself to touch type, it took him just 4 weeks in the summer and he is really reaping the benefits now that he is had move to his high school. Because of his dyslexia he is allowed to type his homework. This has the happy consequence that his work takes him half as long and contains a limited number of spelling mistakes. I was amazed that he was put in the top English set in a year of over 100 boys. I am sure his confidence in English grew as a direct result of his learning to type and being able to express his thoughts without worrying about these were spelt. Thanks for your great progamme."

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From a mum...

"I have never been compelled to write about anything before, but I am so impressed with Englishtype Junior that I feel I must. My son Edward has just had his eighth birthday and was diagnosed with dyslexia when he was seven and a half. He has trouble with the dexterity of writing, which is a lot of effort for him, making his arm and hand hurt after a very short period of time. Edward is an extremely bright boy, with wonderful ideas and a fantastic imagination, but the problems he encountered made him extremely frustrated and reluctant to put onto paper the detailed stories he could verbally convey. I stumbled across your product and thought that if Edward could touch type it would be one less thing to worry about and an ideal way to help him get his thoughts out onto paper. We started on key stage 1 and went through all the lessons, just by working for approx 15 mins on the program per session. We tried to do this most days of the week, where possible. In no time at all Edward had completed all of key stage 1...we moved onto key stage 2 and practiced on the last lesson. Edward also plays the games which he enjoys and the speed tests, where he always wants to beat his last score. Edward is now onto key stage 3, where the sentences are longer and harder, but he doesn't mind, he enjoys the challenge. His personal best is currently 98% accuracy and 16 words per minute and he will continue to get better. He now really enjoys typing stories on the computer because it has taken all of the hard work out of this activity. Edward is moving to a new school in September where he should be able to use the computer much more for his daily school work and now that he can type, I know he will find his English work much more enjoyable. I am so delighted that I bought my son Englishtype Junior. Touch typing really is a skill for life and I feel it is essential for all children to learn to type this way, not just dyslexic children. Thank you so much, I am a very pleased Mum!"

From her son...

"Before I learnt to type with Englishtype Junior I could only use one finger to type with and I had to keep looking for the next key all the time. I was too slow and unable to type long sentences and I didn't enjoy typing. When I started to learn to type with Englishtype Junior I couldn't believe how well I was doing and I got better all the time. I don't have to look for the keys anymore, I just know where they are and typing is fun. Englishtype Junior is a great!" Edward, aged 8yrs

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From Carlo's Dad, Jakarta International School

"Concerning our 8 year old son Carlo. I wanted to write and thank you for the program. It has really helped Carlo's typing - he's almost there, after his first tentative steps back in September. His handwriting is still appalling, and probably always will be... despite best efforts, so typing may become a viable alternative in this age of steady computerisation. I wonder if A levels (or equivalent) will ever be taken typing, instead of written!

Carlo also now realizes that if his typing doesn't make the threshold accuracy, there's no point getting upset, but to try again. It is a good lesson for him. With the whole education move away from marks and scores (which I support, by the way) for youngies, there are surprisingly few times in an 8 year old's school life (at least in the Jakarta International School) with 'hard' lessons like this. Children need encouragement, but also occasional taste of the tougher school of hard knocks. Comparing life at an international school to what the local Indonesian children go through, our kids can indeed become soft. Balance being paramount!"

Isabel, Carlo's Mum

"I have also been using English Type... several (academic) degrees and 20 years of international jobs, and no, I can't touchtype (write or spell for that matter either!) I have definitely improved by using it - although I am far behind Carlo (which of course he loves). Will you do one on spelling next? Selling to International schools is a great idea - and yes do quote us - you can add - and it's not only the kids who will enjoy using it!"

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