The Russell School

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Our Reading Dogs, Albert and teddy

Many adults are apprehensive about speaking in public and children are no different. Research shows that some children can become nervous and stressed when reading to others in a group or wider audience. Albert has visited Year 1 children at The Russell School since September 2017 and is now accompanied by his son, Teddy.  Albert and Teddy belong to the Site Manager, Mr Bailey and their presence has made a dramatic impact on some of the children who either lack confidence or are reluctant readers. Children look forward to reading with Albert and Teddy each week and they have definitely enhanced the confidence of many children in their ability to read and understand texts. 

Mr Bailey has been extremely pleased with the impact that Albert and Teddy have had. ‘We enjoy listening to the children read and seeing their confidence grow.’ 

Albert and Teddy’s presence in school has even inspired some families to get their own pet dogs!