Having a dog in school, with the appropriate calm temperament can make a hugely positive impact on the children at Hope High School; not only can they be a sensitive, listening companion but they can also be that calming influence that helps our children at times when they need it. Dogs are being used in therapy around the world, and they are recognised as being especially helpful with children who struggle with social, emotional and behavioural issues.
Whether the dog is being read too, or just being there for a pupil, a Therapy dog can be a wonderful addition to any school. Mrs Griffith’s dog, Lola wants to become a Pets As Therapy dog when she is old enough…
Ways in which a Therapy Dog can help in school:
- Improved academic achievement
- Increase in literacy skills
- Calm behaviour down
- Increase in social skills and self esteem
- Increased confidence
- Teaching responsibility and respect to all life
- Motivating children who are often not that attentive within classroom environments
All pupils have access to the Pastoral Team. The Pastoral Team consists of four Pastoral Managers who are available throughout the day to assist pupils at times when they are not engaging in work in class; whether they are distracting others with a lack of study focus or they are bringing issues/ concerns into school that are affecting their usual settled patterns of behaviour. The Pastoral Team offer the opportunity to talk things through and/ or encourage the development of personal strategies to help the pupil through times of difficulty during the school day. Pupils who attend and use this intervention earn points they could earn within the lesson.
The Pastoral Team is also available to monitor the corridors throughout the day to ensure pupils have someone to talk to in the event of them being unsettled in class.