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Pupils get lessons with reading dog

PUBLISHED: 20:00 15 March 2014

Margaret Rooke and Rama helping Tamzin with her reading.

Margaret Rooke and Rama helping Tamzin with her reading.

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CHILDREN with difficulty reading can now practise on an unusual audience thanks to one Weston school’s new furry friend.

When a pupil at Windwhistle Primary School asked headteacher Lyn Hunt if they could get a dog, she decided to investigate.

She discovered a charity called Pets As Therapy, which asks volunteers who own dogs or cats with gentle temperaments to visit schools and other places where people might need comfort.

The Kingsley Road school contacted Margaret Rooke and her dog Rama, who have been visiting pupils since September to listen to them read.

Staff at the school say they have noticed an improvement in reading confidence, and say it is thanks to Rama becoming a friend to many of the youngsters.

Pictured: Tamsin gets a helping hand with her reading thanks to Margaret and Rama.

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