Shadow - Australian Shepherd


Bunce - cross between a Jack Russell and a Shih Tzu


From information gathered at baselining we identify the appropriate intervention based on gaps identified and contextual need.

Teaching Assistants are valued members of our team.  The use of a Teaching Assistant is planned for by the teacher/deliverer to gain the most effective teaching and learning in the classroom.

The Teaching Assistant can:

  • Proactively support teachers/deliverers with their lessons
  • Proactively support learners within their lessons
  • Lead interventions when required
  • Support the delivery of the work in the short term absence of the teacher as they are the consistent person for the learner

Therapeutic Support

Supporting both the learner and their family we are able to offer swift and appropriate access to a range of therapeutic interventions. 

This might be: 

  • Counselling
  • Referral to our Mental Health Worker
  • Art therapist

Therapy dogs

We have four therapy dogs (Bunce, Shadow and Lexi) who are very much an integral part of our learning support.

Interacting with a friendly pet can help many physical and mental issues. It can help reduce blood pressure and improve overall cardiovascular health. It can also release endorphins that produce a calming effect. This can help alleviate pain, reduce stress, and improve your overall psychological state.

Some benefits of pet therapy include:

  • making you happier, lessening depression, and improving your outlook on life
  • decreasing loneliness and isolation by giving you a companion
  • reducing boredom
  • reducing anxiety because of its calming effects
  • helping children learn empathic and nurturing skills
  • improving the relationship between you and your healthcare provider

Shadow (pictured) will be working at the Canterbury site. Shadow is an Australian Shepherd and the owner was lucky enough to have access to a breeder that has bred and selected him for being a  therapy dog.  Shadow is one of the preferred therapy dogs in America alongside labs and spaniels. He has completed his advanced trick dog award and is just about to start his good citizen courses as well. He needs to be 9 months old to register as a PAT which is 5th September.  He is at the first stage of being shown for Crufts.  Good luck Shadow, we can't wait to meet you!

Bunce has had a very positive impact since starting at Rosewood School and has supported many of our students even being cited as part of their Personal Support Plans which are designed to provide ongoing support during their placement.

On a day-to-day basis he is there to welcome the students in the morning, For some students who suffer from increased anxiety around coming to school he  helps to distract from these feelings and offers a less formal welcome . During the day he wonders in the classrooms to see what the students are doing and if any are struggling with the day /lesson he can lighten the feelings of  being overwhelmed/isolated and can offer an alternative way of communicating .He offers comfort and affection to help to support any student who would benefit.  Bunce was assessed and passed as a therapy dog in February 2020.

Lexi works at the Leybourne site.  Lexi is also used to build confidence but she really enjoys being outdoors, so she helps to encourage participation and teach good life skills.

Penny will be joining us when trained, we have met her and she is a complete live wire who is quite mischievous, she has been found with objects in her mouth that she's 'found'!  However, her boundless energy and personality add a different dimension to the team and needless to say when fully trained she will be a key member of staff.