Helen Ward

Four-legged friends show headteachers just who’s top dog

More and more schools are bringing in animals to help children learn – to the delight of their pupils

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“His role?”

Térèse Wilmot, principal of Beal High School, pauses to think about exactly why she is standing on the school field holding the lead of a 2ft-high golden Labradoodle.

It is a Labradoodle that is being mobbed by adoring students.

“His role is to bring joy,” she explains.

Ms Wilmot is serious about this. Jasper – aka Vice-Principal Jasper, aka Jaspreet, aka Campus – has as many benefits as he has nicknames. But his prime job is simply to be himself: the school dog.

Beal High in Ilford, Essex, is one of a growing number of schools that have found having a dog around the place has ...

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