A TOP university official says that pupils’ mental health would improve if every school had a dog.
The comments were made by Sir Anthony Seldon, vice-chancellor of the University of Buckingham. Speaking at an education conference, he said that schools couldn’t just focus on education any more, as young people’s lives are full of more pressure, due to things like social media.
More and more schools are using ‘wellbeing dogs’ as a way to reduce pupils’ stress, and lots of kids have said that the dogs really do help them. However, the Dogs Trust charity said last week that classrooms can be noisy and that “having a dog in every school is not something we’d recommend, and is not likely to be in the best interests of dog welfare”.