Noodle the dog helping children to read

Noodle in the classroom. Photo: ITV News West Country

A head teacher from South Gloucestershire says she's seen a big improvement in her pupils' behaviour and learning after introducing her dog to the classroom.

Noodle, the spaniel-poodle cross breed, is now a permanent fixture at Wallscourt Farm Academy in Stoke Gifford.

Research has shown that specially trained dogs can improve academic achievement, calm children's behaviour and increase social skills.

Noodle gets a cuddle from a pupil. Credit: ITV News West Country

When they feel a little shy in front of a group of children, actually to come and read with Noodle or practice your sounds with Noodle, it feels a lot more comfortable for some of our young children or the children who need to develop confidence.

– Susie Weaver, Principal, Wallscourt Farm Academy

Noodle is still in the early stages of his own training to become a classroom dog but he's already proved popular with the children.

But like any good worker, Noodle isn't just there for the happy times. From comforting children who've hurt themselves, to heping out with discipline, he gets involved.

Noodle takes a nap. Credit: ITV News West Country

Staff hope Noodle's presence will be helping children academically and socially for years to come. And for this dedicated dog, it's all in a day's work.

Watch the full report by Eli-Louise Wringe here: