Jet – Therapy Dog
Jet is our therapy dog who will be working in our school as part of the on-going provision for well-being and metal health. He will be spending time in and around the school offices getting used to his new surroundings and all of us! Jet will be ready to be trained to be a PAT (Pets as Therapy) dog from January and ready to work fully with children from the end of the Spring term. Jet belongs to Miss North, one of our Senior Mental Health Leads in school and lives with her family full time, but will come into school to support our pupils at Highfields.
What are the benefits of a school dog?
- A calming effect on pupils;
- Improved behaviour and concentration, reduced stress and improved self-esteem;
- Encouraging expression, participation and confidence for all children;
- Fostering a sense of responsibility;
- Motivating pupils to think and to learn, as most children have a high level of natural interest in,
- enthusiasm for and enjoyment of animals;
- Encouraging respect and thereby improving pupils’ relationships with each other, parents and teachers;
- Teaching children to nurture and respect life;
- Helping work undertaken with the most vulnerable children;
- Helping children build confidence in reading;
- Improving attendance;
- Further promote our well-being agenda for pupils.
How has the school planned for this?
- A full risk assessment and policy has been written and will be available on the website.
- When the dog begins working with children, consent will be sought for each child to have contact.
- All contact will be carefully planned and children will not be left unsupervised with the dog
- When not working, the dog will be based in one of the school offices.
What about allergies?
- Our dog is a cocker spaniel and the breed has low allergy and medium shredding qualities
- All areas of the school are vacuumed and surfaces are wiped down daily
- Movement around the school will be controlled
- Any child working with the dog will wash their hands