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Meet the classroom helpers giving Northumberland school pupils paws for thought


Meet the teaching assistant giving primary school pupils paws for thought when it comes to reading.

Pupils at Northburn Primary School, in Cramlington , have been working with Minnie to help speed up their learning.

The three-year old Bernese Mountain ‘reading dog’ visits students aged between five and seven-years-old to help improve their self-confidence by working with them in small groups.

Jill Boden, a teacher at Northburn Primary School , said: “It was part of our school development plan, where a target for teaching assistant’s is to think of new ways to raise the profile of reading in key stage one.

“The results have really been fantastic, especially from those who were initially reluctant, they are now so keen to read to Minnie”, as their new classmate provides an incentive.

“Not only has the experience helped with their reading, but Minnie has also helped kids to improve their writing. Some of the more confident children have been writing stories just for Minnie, and will then read them out. “

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