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Our School Dog

Meet Riley

What are the benefits of a school dog?

  • Improved pupil behaviour and concentration
  • Reduces stress and improved self-esteem
  • A calming effect on pupils
  • Encourages expression, participation and confidence in all children
  • Fostering a sense of responsibility
  • Motivating pupils to think and to learn
  • Encouraging respect and thereby improving pupils' relationships with each other, parents and teachers
  • Teaching children to nurture and respect life
  • Helping work undertaken with the most vulnerable children
  • Helping overcome a fear of dogs
  • Increasing staff morale and wellbeing
  • Developing the understanding of unconditional love
  • Supporting with the development of cooperative play
  • Supporting children to develop empathy
  • Further promote our wellbeing agenda for pupils
  • Enthusiasm for and enjoyment of animals
  • Improving attendance

 

What about allergies?
  • All areas of the school are vacuumed and surfaces are wiped down daily
  • Any child working with Riley will wash their hands afterwards
  • Riley is a Jack Russell Maltese mix                       
  • Riley is hypoallergenic!