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Reading Dogs help improve literacy

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Video: Pupils from
Brunswick House School practise reading to dogs

It may sound like an unlikely tail, but education bosses say
dogs could be the answer to improving literacy skills in Kent.

A group of children from Brunswick House School in Maidstone
tried out the Reading Education Assistance Dog (READ) scheme today,
a programme that Kent County Council is considering
rolling out to schools and libraries across the county.

It is designed to help children develop their reading skills and
confidence through reading aloud to dogs.

“Many children find it a struggle to read and it really knocks
their confidence if they stumble over words in front of their
mates“, said READ Volunteer Tony Nevett.

“The idea of reading to dogs is that they don’t answer back and
they don’t give you a hard time if you don’t get it right first
time. It gives children an audience to practice in front of and
helps them to build their confidence and their ability.”

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