For a number of months we have been discussing the benefits of a school dog. Charley, a Labradoodle puppy, has joined Sarah’s (Headteacher) family at just 8 weeks old and will busy learning lots of things so that he can meet the children at TWS. There are a number of school dogs already in post locally and around the country. I am sure you will agree that this is an exciting opportunity for the school, but may have some questions. Outlined below is some more information about having a school dog.
What are the benefits of a school dog?
A calming effect on pupils, particularly those with emotional needs
Encouraging expression, participation and shared attention
Fostering a sense of responsibility
Improved behaviour, attendance and concentration, reduced stress and improved self- esteem
Motivating pupils to think and to learn, as most children have a high level of natural interest in, enthusiasm for, and enjoyment of animals
Encouraging respect and thereby improving pupils’ relationships with each other, parents and teachers
Teaching children to nurture and respect life
Helping children build confidence in reading http://www.theguardian.com/education/2011/feb/28/dogs-listen-to-children-reading
How has school planned for this?
A full risk assessment and policy has been written.
Consent will be sought for each child to have contact with Charley.
All contact with children will be carefully planned and children will not be left unsupervised with Charley. Until September Charley will remain in Sarah and Helen’s office.
When not working, Charley will be based in one of the school offices.
What about allergies?
Charley is a Labradoodle (a mix of a Labrador and a Poodle) therefore should be more hypo-allergenic
All areas of the school are vacuumed, and surfaces are wiped down, daily.
Movement around the school will be controlled and Charley will be on a lead.
Any child working with Charley will wash their hands and use a lint roller before returning to class.
A full management plan is being introduced regarding allergies.
29th June 2018
A week with Charley!
Charley says WOOF WOOF !
29th June 2018
Quiet night at home after my first week at work - what an exciting week!
3rd July 2018
10th July 2018