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Both writing and reading are indicators of progress requires that a learner:

  • Can hold their head vertical above their hips, rather than horizontal like learners who need a prop (an arm or hand) to stay upright.
  • Has an s-curved spine that allows the shoulders to be above the hips, rather than the c-curved spine recognised as a slouched posture. A distinct S-shape helps to bring our body weight over the hips and to cushion the brain while walking.
  • Can sit in a chair in a 90˚-90˚-90˚position, which means that the elbows should be bent at a 90-degree angle, the hips should be at a 90-degree angle, and the knees should be at a 90-degree angle, with his feet flat on the floor beneath the chair.
  • Has both feet comfortably rested on the ground. Support through the feet helps to connect with the stabilising force of gravity to increase concentration and confidence.


Posture in the classroom promotes concentration and learning. Good posture allows the child to concentrate on the task at hand instead of focusing on how they are sitting.
Chanda Jothen

Signs of poor posture or poor core strength

  • Slouching in chair
  • Leaning forward with head close to the paper
  • Constantly moving and shifting position
  • Head propped on non-dominant hand or resting on their arm on the table
  • Non-dominant hand beside body instead of stabilising the paper
  • Poor balance on chair with legs wide apart or hooked around the legs of the chair or rocking
  • Fatigue and constantly complaining of tiredness
  • Slow tempo of work and task completion.

Posture is more about the brain than it is about the body. If posture is less than optimal it impacts on emotions and thinking.

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