Digger the dog is helping to boost pupils’ reading skills

PUBLISHED: 10:00 09 June 2018

Reading dog Digger with pupils Chelsea and Austin.

Reading dog Digger with pupils Chelsea and Austin.

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Lucky pupils from two primary schools have been enjoying weekly reading sessions with a friendly dog.

Reading dog Digger with pupils Chelsea and Austin.Reading dog Digger with pupils Chelsea and Austin.

Digger visits Winscombe Primary School once a week so pupils who are making good progress with their reading can share stories with the pooch.

She also attends Sandford Primary School where students who are struggling with books are invited to read with the dog to improve their confidence.

Sue Griffin, Digger’s owner, is a learning mentor at Winscombe. She said: “I love working with the children and seeing the benefits both ways. The dog enjoys it as much as the children.

“It’s great to see a child who is reluctant to read really take off with it and gain confidence.

Reading dog Digger with pupils Chelsea and Austin.Reading dog Digger with pupils Chelsea and Austin.

“Research shows reading to a dog can boost a child’s self-esteem and they will go on to improve. It can also improve social skills because a dog never questions and it gives them confidence to have another go.”

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