Welcome back to Of Primary Importance! In this podcast series, we explore all things EYFS and primary with different topics and special guests each fortnight.

In this episode, Georgina Durrant joins podcast host, Kat Cauchi, to talk about common barriers in reading and writing and how we can overcome these, as well as the importance of play and how it can be used to boost reading and writing.

Georgina is a former teacher, Special Educational Needs Coordinator and Director of Cheshire SEN Tutor LTD. She founded the award-winning SEN Resources Blog to share activities, advice and recommendations for parents and teachers of children with special educational needs and disabilities. She hosts the Twinkl Resources’ Special Educational Needs podcast, ‘SEND in the experts with Georgina Durrant‘. Her parenting and education advice has been featured in the Independent, Guardian and Telegraph. Her first book, ‘100 Ways Your Child Can Learn Through Play’ was published in 2021 – and her second book, ‘How to Boost Reading and Writing Through Play’ is out on  21st November 2022.

Here are some of the questions Kat asked Georgina:
  • You have a new book coming out, ‘How to Boost Reading and Writing Through Play.’ Could you please give us an overview of the book and why you decided to write it?
  • Given all your expertise with SEND, can you speak to some more of the specific barriers for those pupils when it comes to reading and writing and how we can overcome them?
  • Do you think play is used enough in schools?
  • Why do you think there is not enough precedence given to play as children get older?
  • How could schools look to incorporate play more actively in KS1 and KS2?
  • How can play be used to boost reading and writing?
  • What would be your five top tips to boost reading and writing?

Want to connect with Georgina and Kat?

You can connect with Georgina on Twitter, InstagramLinkedInYouTube and on Facebook. Also, you can also check out her website and podcast. You can also follow Kat Cauchi on Twitter at @ReallyschoolK.

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Check out #OPIP and #OfPrimaryImportance for more content and see all our previous episodes here. If you are interested in coming on the show or have a topic suggestion, reach out to Kat on Twitter or email [email protected]!