Reading and writing are areas that many teachers and parents are concerned that children need to ‘catch up’ on due to the pandemic. But what about play?

In this week’s podcast, Georgina Durrant joins Dale to discuss ‘Boosting Reading and Writing Through Play’. Georgina is acutely aware of the impact the pandemic has had on children’s emotional wellbeing and time to play with others, so we need to find a way to boost children’s literacy skills whilst focusing on nurturing play skills and emotional wellbeing.

“Just stepping away from your traditional views of how you think, reading and writing should be done and making it more accessible for the kids.

Georgina Durrant

Play makes learning fun, memorable, motivating and builds confidence. Listen to this episode to understand:

  • Common barriers to reading and writing and how we can help children with these
  • Why play is important for literacy
  • Simple hacks to weave reading and writing into every day at home and at school

About Georgina Durrant

Georgina Durrant is a former teacher/Special Educational Needs Coordinator and is now Director of Cheshire SEN Tutor LTD. She is also a mum of 2. Georgina runs the award-winning site The SEN Resources Blog –, which provides learning activities, recommendations, resources and advice for parents and teachers of children with Special Educational Needs. Twinkl Resouces awarded the site as one of their Top Ten SEN Blogs in 2019. Georgina is author of ‘100 Ways your Child Can Learn Through Play (Fun Activities for Young Children with SEN)’.

Contact Georgina

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Twitter – @senresourceblog

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How to Boost Reading and Writing Through Play

100 Ways Your Child Can Learn Through Play (my first book)

Georgina’s podcast ‘SEND in the experts with Georgina Durrant’

Georgina Durrant photo with book


Georgina and her publishers, Jessica Kingsley Publishers (JKP), have kindly offered an exclusive discount to SENDcast listeners. 

Buy Georgina’s brand new book ‘How to Boost Reading and Writing Through Play’ and save 20% with code ‘DURRANTCAST’

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