Its not going backwards , it's different because you have moved to a different country. Ultimately the school and indeed Australia is not going to change its teaching style because our children were taught a different way in the UK. That said, the school should not be lowering his self esteem, my son's school certainly did not do that when he struggled with the exact same thing. It took about 1 term for him to get the hang of it, and after that there was never an issue. More of a problem was his swimming that lagged behind Aussie kids. Part of the curriculum was a swimming test and course each year and he was way behind despite private lessons, now that did embarrass him. Anyway to cut a long story short, he'll get it, just give him lots of encouragement. Our sons a straight A student exactly as he was in the UK. Handwriting of no handwrighting.