A border collie called Tom, which has been helping children in Brighton learn to read, has won a national award for his work.
Tom's Tales, a website from Brighton and Hove City Council, has won the local authority learning award from the education support provider UniServity for the innovative way it has motivated children.
The website, which includes pictures of real-dog Tom and stories about him, has had more than 1,200 visitors since September. Tom visits schools and sends children Christmas cards and postcards.
St John the Baptist Catholic Primary, in Brighton, has been taking part in the project since March 2009. One Year 3 pupil said: "I like Tom because he can type and other dogs just bark."
Vanessa Brown, cabinet member for children at the council, said: "Teachers in the city are making great use of the internet as a powerful educational tool through safe websites." HW.