Reading dog scheme helps Springfield Academy pupils

December 7, 2019




Pupils at Springfield Academy are being inspired to develop their literacy skills by reading to a canine companion.


The school, on Lawton Drive in Bulwell, has joined a national reading initiative called Paws and Read run by the charity Therapy Dogs Nationwide.


The free scheme is aimed at children who are reluctant readers and who need encouragement with communication and literacy skills.


Once a week a small group of pupils pair up and read to a dog called Buttons, accompanied by a trained volunteer from the charity.


JB Francis, Headteacher, Springfield Academy, said: “Reading to a dog is very relaxing for children, particularly those who struggle with speaking aloud to others.”


She explained: “Having a reading dog in school is helping to develop our pupils’ literacy skills and building their confidence and self esteem.”


Buttons, a cockapoo, currently attends Springfield Academy for a one-hour reading session on Fridays, which is attended by a small group of pupils.


Springfield Academy is sponsored by Djanogly Learning Trust. For more information, visit


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