In the next "myth-busting" blog, the head of Colfe's School, Richard Russell, counters the view that “independent schools operate in their own little bubbles”.
The ISC is running a series of "myth-busting" blogs to tackle common misconceptions about independent schools. Here, Harry Arnison, a pupil at The Grammar School at Leeds, debunks the idea that "independent schools are only for the wealthy elite".
Nick Brown, assistant head pastoral at Shiplake College, writes how Ernie the Cockapoo increases mental wellbeing by helping pupils to talk about their feelings.
Daniele Bonanno, housemaster at Oakham School, explains how his dog, Charlie, brings "life, light and love" to the boarding house.
Emma Watson, deputy head of pupil wellbeing at Berkhamsted School, discusses how a Year 11 pupil proposed the idea of a school dog, to help overcome (or at least reduce) the stresses of a school day.
'As educators, we have a duty to explore every means that we can to support pupils through the challenges of growing up'
Head of prep at Leweston School, Alanda Phillips, writes about her positive experiences working alongside dogs in the classroom.
At Plymouth College, reading time for pupils has been improved no end through sessions with a different type of teacher - an Irish Setter called Katie...
Dorothy MacGinty, head of Kilgraston School in Perth, discusses why her school decided to ban the use of mobile phones during the school day.