What is Thrive?
Thrive is a therapeutic approach to help support children with their emotional health, well-being and social development, all of which is needed to enable learning to take place. Children cannot always put their needs into words, but the way children behave can tell us a lot about how they are feeling.
The Thrive approach offers practical strategies and techniques and is built around online assessments which identify children’s emotional development and provides action plans for their individual needs.
The THRIVE approach is based on growing evidence that the brain develops through personal and social interaction. The relationships that we have with significant adults are fundamental to who we grow up to be. Our brain is built through trillions of brain-cell connections made by sight, sound, smell, touch, and movement. Positive experiences enhance brain connections and sustain negative experiences can restrict them. Through simple, repeated activities over time, within a safe and caring environment, THRIVE aims to compensate for interruptions in emotional development, when they affect a child’s ability to enjoy life and learn.

At St Thomas More, we embrace The Thrive Approach to improve and support children’s personal development, their mental health and ultimately ensuring they are ready to learn. The Thrive Approach includes a holistic, whole school approach taught alongside our PSHE curriculum and an intervention for children identified as needing additional support. We have a Thrive Practitioner and a dedicated Thrive room, called the Hive.

Our vision and aims

Our Vision is to:

Develop children emotionally so they are able to recognise and distinguish their emotions and learn ways of responding to their feelings appropriately.

We Aim To:

Provide alternative support for children who are experiencing emotional, social or behavioural difficulties.

Provide a safe and calm environment for children to develop their skills.

Enable children to take pride in their achievements and enhance self-esteem.

Help children to manage their feelings and develop skills to enjoy and participate in school life.

Use positive approaches to manage all behaviours.

Why might my child attend a Thrive session

Many children experience difficulties during their time at school. These may include:

  • Difficulties with friendships.
  • Getting into trouble at playtime.
  • Finding it hard to settle in the classroom.
  • Finding it difficult to manage their strong feelings.
  • Not knowing who to turn to when feelings are too big to manage on their own.

These situations can lead to many different feelings which may seem overwhelming at times. They might include: anger, frustration, sadness, loneliness, confusion or anxiety.

All these feelings are very normal and happen to a lot of children. The Thrive sessions are to help children learn to manage their feelings and teach them strategies that will help promote their learning at school.

What are the benefits of Thrive

Thrive teaches the understanding of children’s behaviour as communication, improves learning skills and leads to greater attainment.

  • It promotes productive learning for all children.
  • It creates practical strategies that can be implemented the next day.
  • It supports and empowers, providing the confidence and competence to work with challenging and vulnerable children, and with parents and integrated teams.
  • It leads to better relationships at home and in school.
  • It provides ongoing support through a peer group of fellow trainees, Thrive-Online support tools and continuing professional development.
  • The Approach is targeted, rigorous and measured.

Our whole school commitment to the ‘Thrive’ approach impacts positively on pupils’ emotional and mental well-being, ensuring that they are confident in securing healthy relationships and that they stay safe from abuse and exploitation.

There are lots of websites that can help and support parents at home.

Want to find out more? Click here to read ’Embracing Thrive: a parent’s guide’

Young minds is a good website for parents to get support

The NSPCC gave help with strategies.

‘Place To Be’ has some very good resources for parents