My 9 year old dd is struggling in Maths and also struggles to write legibly although she has no other problems with literacy. I would like to get her a tutor but have no idea where to find a reputable one. I am in the north west if that helps. Tia
To be brutally honest - with maths you need clear explanation/ examples of how to do it shown to you and practise. We had great success with Mathsfactor - but others on Mumsnet have praised Komodo maths/ Maths whizz/ Mathletics. Just use your search engine to find out more information/ prices. These all use video game formats to help build skills/ confidence. Some are more competitive than others - but with so many writing her on MN about their success with these - this may be worth a try. It will work out cheaper than a tutor and gives you the flexibility of doing extra work in maths as and when time allows (i.e. you don't have to commit to getting your child to a tutor/ or the tutor coming to you every Wednesday evening).
With handwriting - I found with DD2 the transition from 'print' to 'cursive'/ joined up writing was a disaster. DD2 had beautiful cursive handwriting, but it was relatively small-sized. Her teacher was absolutely adamant that her handwriting had to be larger (about 2x the size) - and DD2 found this unnatural and just kind of fell to pieces. Her writing really suffered.