Pen Pals 4 Pupils project perfect to prove #WritingMatters

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Maped Helix has taken National Stationery Week’s #WritingMatters hashtag to heart with its new Pen Pals 4 Pupils initiative that’s set to get the UK’s children putting pen to paper.

The writing equipment giant has set up the FREE project to link youngsters in Years 3 to 5  with their peers in other parts of the country, offering them a safe way to swap handwritten letters and build lifelong friendships as part of the annual event that runs this week until Sunday May 21. 

“It’s perfect that Pen Pals 4 Pupils is starting off the 2023 National Stationery Week  campaign,” said NSW coordinator Sarah Laker, “it will help children’s social, communication and handwriting skills and also let them experience the joy of both sending  and receiving letters and cards – the true spirit of National Stationery Week.” 

Schools taking part in the Pen Pals 4 Pupils project also had the chance to attend a FREE virtual creative writing masterclass with bestselling children’s author Chris Smith on  Monday, May 15. 

Five of the schools will be selected at random to win a fabulous Maped Helix stationery bundle as well as signed copies of former BBC Newsbeat presenter Chris’ new book, Clarity Jones And The Magical Detective Agency. 

All UK schools with Years 3 to 5 pupils are invited to take part and, once signed up, Maped Helix will match each class with a suitable group elsewhere in the country so they can start sharing stories and ideas with their new pen pals, helping improve literacy and boost imagination in a fun and exciting way. 

The project will continue after National Stationery Week 2023 so schools have until May 22 to sign up, and will be notified by June 5 of their partner school, and Maped Helix will provide support throughout the 2023-24 academic year.  

To find out more and register to take part in the Maped Helix Pen Pals 4 Pupils project visit

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