Animals at Beccles Primary Academy
Research shows that pets can help build children’s empathy, responsibility and life skills. At Beccles Primary Academy we believe that our school animals help in so many more ways.
Benefits of school pets
- Having animals to care for ties in with the school curriculum of emotional and social needs – empathy, care, love, compassion, understanding, commitment and building confidence
- Pets can encourage a child’s learning needs, especially in reading, communication, observation and speaking. This is a useful tool when teaching all children but can be particularly helpful for those with special educational needs (SEN).
- They can help children with behavioural needs as time with the pets can be used as a reward
- For many children, it will be their only contact with a pet as they don’t have them at home
We consider the welfare needs of our animals very seriously and have created a policy and risk assessments to ensure they have the best care throughout the year.