Children produce better pieces of writing by hand, but they need keyboard skills too

It is easy to assume students will be able to write easily and effectively using a keyboard. They are growing up surrounded by technology. But here, researchers explain that children write better by hand.


Awe-inspiring verse: Calling all student poets

Do you have an aspiring young poet in the family? Find out how they can take part in ISV's popular annual Student Poetry Competition.


Echoes of awe: Inspiration for your student poet

From a grain of sand to stars in the nighttime sky, the world is full of awe. ISV’s Diane Bourke draws inspiration from the likes of Taylor Swift and William Blake to guide students writing to the theme of this year’s Student Poetry Competition.


The alphabet, but make it better!

Teaching morals and ethics to young children can be tricky. Natalie Moutafis has discovered a new picture book that teaches us about positive qualities and encourages children to grow in their mindset.


What to do when your child doesn’t like handwriting

Putting pencil to paper isn't easy for all children. Diane Bourke shares her advice on how parents can encourage children to find the fun in handwriting.


Best of the Web: The uneven responsibility of managing kids digital use, and more

Kids' digital usage often falls to mum to manage, Maggie Dent on teenage boys and the shift to focus on wellbeing, and the new Australian Children's Laureate.


Why children’s stories are full of orphans, evil stepmothers and boarding schools

While ideas of family are changing, from Charles Dickens to Harry Potter, absent parents endure in children’s literature write Dr Eleanor Spencer-Regan and Dr Jade Dillon Craig.


Does your child have reading difficulties? They may also have reading anxiety

There is growing evidence suggesting difficulties with reading and mental health may be related in some children. Here, Genevieve McArthur shares what parents can do.


ISV’s Student Poetry Competition: And the winners are…

The winning poems in the annual Student Poetry Competition run by Independent Schools Victoria have been drawn from close to 600 entries from schools across the state.