[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Last Updated: Tuesday, 9 October 2007, 15:19 GMT 16:19 UK
Puppy helps pupils enjoy lessons
Betty
Betty is helping cheer children up
A West Midlands primary school has introduced a puppy into the classroom to help children enjoy their learning.

Pupils at Rough Hay Primary School in Wednesbury are encouraged to include Betty in everything in a move to help teach them responsibility.

The school said the springer spaniel is having a positive effect at the school and on results.

Deputy head teacher Anne-Marie Reese said that the pet was also helping to cheer children up.

"Sometimes the pupils can be distressed or upset and we can take them to see Betty who can cheer them up.

"Sometimes children don't want to talk to adults they would rather talk to a pet," she said.

The pupils also appeared to enjoy having the puppy around.

One girl said: "She is all over you and you feel like safe with her there as you know she'll protect you."

VIDEO AND AUDIO NEWS
The children talk about their class pet



RELATED INTERNET LINKS
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites



FEATURES, VIEWS, ANALYSIS
Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit

PRODUCTS & SERVICES

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific