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Our School Dog; Edward Keith

We have our new school dog, called Eddie Keith Bird, who will be a regular attender at Leasowe Primary School.

Eddie Keith is a French Bulldog, who loves children!

Eddie’s small size, gentle temperament, and big heart make him lovable, gentle and perfect for our LPS companion.

Eddie Keith is my dog and will be only coming into school most days.  I will obviously be caring for Eddie out of school; I will be taking full responsibility, but other staff will be taking him for sessions/contact.

In an assembly we will discuss with the children the rules and expectations about having a school dog but we will also talk about many of the benefits too. We have undertaken a significant amount of research and are aware of many benefits to having a school dog including.

Benefits:

  • 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.

Dogs are increasingly being used in schools with great success and some of you may have seen in the media that they are now being used in some hospitals as the emotional health benefits they bring are just so vast. 

The dog’s main place of residence will be an office and HUB area, which is secure and separate from the classrooms.  As Eddie Keith is still only young he will slowly be introduced to the school community and we will begin by introducing him to small numbers of children.

Whilst moving around the school, the dog will be kept on a short lead and will always be with an adult whilst Eddie is adjusting to his new environment.

Please understand that we will do everything we can to reassure children who are fearful and that under no circumstances will they be forced to meet with the dog. 

We will publish pictures of our school dog, Via Facebook so that everyone can enjoy his development. 

We hope the children will gain a great deal of enjoyment from having their school dog and that he becomes an established part of life at Leasowe Primary School. However, should you have any queries or questions on the matter then please do not hesitate to contact the school.