A COUPLE of listening dogs visited The Phoenix School last week to hear the children read.
Head of English at the school, Theresa Stafford, said the children had a great time.
And the dogs, Danny and Batman, seemed to enjoy it too as the students took it in turns to read to them without anyone else listening.
Ms Stafford said: “I was surprised by the response of the children. They have no problems reading to them because they are seen to be non-critical.
“The amazing thing was that we’ve got a couple of children that read to the dogs that have never read out loud before.”
Everyone at the school was so impressed with the dogs and the impact they had on the children that Ms Stafford has already asked for them and their owner Tony Nevett to go back again next year.
Kelly Bakewell from the Kennel Club was also at the school because the club is looking to sponsor a listening dog.
Ms Stafford said: “She seemed really impressed as well that the dogs had a good impact on the children’s behaviour and encouraged them to read.”
The children have started to write a thank you letter to explain why they enjoyed reading to the dogs so much.
The school is also planning to make a donation to a charity for retired greyhounds as a way to show their appreciation for the listening dogs.