Stage of Research: Fundamental Research Team Members: 4
Motor Skills Typing Skills

Turbo Typing

We are currently recruiting - Learn more

Children’s ability to acquire motor skills is strongly related to their cognitive development, physical and mental health, and educational attainment. Despite its importance, we know remarkably little about the learning of everyday skills such as typing, riding a bike, or playing an instrument. Each of these skills is a composite of several smaller abilities and an understanding of how these ‘sub-skills’ develop could optimise training programmes and ultimately boost productivity. It will also provide insight into how and why skill development is intrinsically linked with other developmental attributes that shape a person’s life.

We have developed Turbo Typing, an online multi-week typing course for children and young people that measures detailed aspects of typing and its sub-skills (e.g. keyboard familiarity, overlapping key presses). We will invite Primary and potentially Secondary Schools in Bradford to participate in the research, allowing pupils to learn to ‘touch type’ for free (typing using muscle memory, without looking down at the keyboard). We will analyse how typing skill and its sub-skills develop and in which order they do so. We will also investigate the relationship between typing skill development and educational attainment, cognitive development, and mental and physical health.

If typing is automatic, pupils are able to focus more on the content of their words rather than on searching for keys and planning individual movements, which may increase the quantity and quality of their typed work. Future research may lead to investigations of whether touch typing should be on the national curriculum.

Project Image for Turbo Typing

Fundamental Research

Core Science

Fundamental Research

Discovery and Design

Implement in schools


Trials and Assessment


Large Randomised Controlled Trial


Regional Rollout


Evidence-based Policy

Our team members

Related projects