The Thrive Approach
The Thrive Approach
We have embraced The Thrive Approach in our setting.
The Thrive Approach has evolved over the last 25 years, providing those who work with children
and young people with the knowledge, skills and tools to optimise social and emotional
Thrive is committed to supporting and encouraging the development of confident,
curious, creative and capable children and young people who are open to learning and better
equipped to deal with life’s ups and downs.
Building positive relationships
The connections children and young people have with the adults around them is key. Repetition
of positive experiences developed through Thrive activities supports their development, helping
• feel good about themselves and know that they matter
• increase their sense of security and trust
• increase their emotional wellbeing
• improve their capacity to be creative and curious
• increase their self-esteem and confidence to learn
• learn to recognise and regulate their feelings
• learn to think before behaving in a certain way
• ...and much more.
How does it work?
Appropriate for all children from birth to adulthood, the Thrive Approach draws on the
latest research into brain science, child development theory and attachment theory.
It helps us to understand how the brain develops, and how parents, teachers and other
professionals can best support this development by providing the best experiences for the
children at each stage.
What difference does Thrive make?
Schools that have adopted the Thrive Approach have reported many benefits. These include
calmer children, less disruptions in class, improved attendance, reduced exclusions and
higher achievements. The knock-on effect of this can be better parent-school relationships
and improved staff morale. You can read about these on the Thrive website: mythrive.uk/
How will my child be involved in Thrive?
We use a screening and monitoring tool called Thrive-Online® which identifies the
developmental needs of individuals or groups and suggests actions plans to meet these
needs so that children and young people can move forward and fulfil their potential.
Thrive-Online will be led by your school practitioners who will:
• Profile whole groups as well as individual pupils identified as having additional needs.
• Create an action-plan at a group and individual level, with a raft of strategies and
age-appropriate activities to build into teaching to support social and emotional
• Measure and report on the progress of whole groups and individuals over time.
Find out more
There is lots more information on the Thrive website (thriveapproach.com) and also the
Thrive Community Facebook group: The Thrive Approach - supporting the community to weather