B.U.D Programme Joins Kennel Club’s Bark And Read Foundation To Help Pupils With Low Self-Esteem

The Kennel Club Charitable Trust has welcomed the B.U.D Programme (Building Understanding of Dogs) to its Bark and Read Foundation.

The Bark and Read Foundation, funded by the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, has provided a grant of over £4,000 to the B.U.D Programme, which is run by Maggie McManus and Eryl Restall and is based in north Wales.

The B.U.D Programme has been run in two secondary schools throughout the year, working with pupils who have been identified as needing support with low confidence and self-esteem, some of whom were displaying potential disaffection and disengagement with school.

Maggie commented: "Thanks to the support from the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, the programme has been able to continue to develop throughout the academic year, engaging with more young people and supporting them in achieving their potential in school. Improved self-esteem and confidence enable pupils to engage more effectively with education."

At Ysgol Bryn Elian in Old Colwyn, the programme has been involved in two levels of intervention, one with pupils who are in the school's Inclusion Centre and the other with Year 7 pupils identified through the school's literacy strategy as likely to benefit from engaging with the programme.

At Ysgol John Bright in Llandudno, some Year 7 pupils also took part in the scheme.  All pupils who take part in the programme have an initial Soft Skills Analysis assessment to measure their self-confidence and self-esteem.  On completion of the scheme, the pupils are reassessed to identify progress and also to enable the school to target future intervention for individual pupils. 

The Bark and Read Foundation was set up to support the work of projects such as the B.U.D Programme and already works with Caring Canines, Dogs Helping Kids, Pets As Therapy, Google Literacy Project and Reading Education Assistance Dogs (R.E.A.D) all of which visit schools with dogs and help encourage children to read. To date more than £25,000 has been donated to these charities specifically to support their literacy programmes and the results have been overwhelming - one school has seen a pupil's reading age increase by 2 years in just 6 months. 

For more information on the Bark and Read Foundation, visit www.thekennelclub.org.uk/barkandread and for more information on the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, please visit www.dogcharityblog.org.uk.

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