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Rainham primary school pupils practice pronunciation on four-pawed pooch

PUBLISHED: 14:31 22 November 2017 | UPDATED: 14:31 22 November 2017

Bandit and Year 2 Scargill pupil Michael reading him a story. Photo: Scargill Infant School

Bandit and Year 2 Scargill pupil Michael reading him a story. Photo: Scargill Infant School

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Youngsters at one Havering Primary School have found a novel way to improve their literacy - reading to a retired greyhound.

Scargill Infant School pupils in Mungo Park, Rainham, get a special visit every week from their four-legged friend, Bandit.

A former racing dog at Romford Greyhound Stadium, therapy dog Bandit visits the children to listen to them as they read him stories.

Pupils enjoy reading to the greyhound, who is said to be a great listener and makes them smile.

Year 2 pupil Michael said: “I get to give Bandit biscuits and he is lucky to hear one of my stories.

“Bandit helps me read and I have a double chance at completing my reading challenge.”

Headteacher Kath Keeper added: “Children respond very well to Bandit. His relaxed nature and non-critical role ensures they enjoy reading, allowing their confidence and skills to grow.”

In his spare time, Bandit lives with Tracey Benton, a registered volunteer for Canine Concern.

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