“I like going to Thrive because it helps me with my learning. We do fun things and the teachers really understand what we are going through”

Prep pupil, aged 8

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“Every child needs to feel valued, involved and appreciated.” Thrive Approach, 2015

Thrive is a specific way of working with all children that helps to develop their social and emotional well-being, enabling them to engage with life and learning. It supports them in becoming more self-assured, capable and adaptable. It can also address any troubled, or troubling, behaviours providing a firm foundation for academic attainment.

“We know more now than ever before about what helps to develop healthy curious minds and happy, confident and creative children.” Thrive Approach, 2015

The Thrive Approach draws on the latest research - from current neuroscience, recent attachment research, current studies of effective learning and current models of child development – in order to help adults understand children’s behaviour as communication. It is an integrated approach; its strength is that it pulls together work from different disciplines to provide one model that is systematic, dynamic and relevant and helps adults respond to a child's emotional situation in a way that supports their emotional and social development.

If children have been emotionally thrown off track, either temporarily or over longer periods, Thrive helps us understand the needs being signalled by their behaviour and gives us targeted strategies and activities to help them re-engage.

Feelings are closely linked to behaviour and emotions are key to the learning process. We can teach children to recognise and notice their sensations and then link these to their emotions and their thoughts. We build their cognitive, relational and physiological regulation systems so that they can see cause and effect and begin to make real choices, with some understanding of their consequences. This is the beginning of being responsible for one's actions. It has enormous impact on behaviour, on relationships, on being available to learn and on being productive and engaged in human society.

The relationship between a child and a significant adult is an under-recognised and under-used resource, but by using The Thrive Approach we can enhance this relationship, which will bear fruit. It can:

  •          help a child get ready to learn
  •          enhance their learning
  •          build positive relationships between a child and his/her peers
  •          improve attainment

Thrive at Trinity

At Trinity school we want the children to engage with their experiences and to have fulfilling relationships with both their peers and the adults with whom they come in contact.

We are fortunate enough to have trained Thrive practitioners on our staff who are able to support us in achieving this for all the children in our care. Our Thrive practitioners have been trained to use the Thrive programme to assess our pupils’ personal, social and emotional development. Action plans are put in place to ensure that the needs of individual children are met through simple and practical strategies that can be carried out at home, in school during our Thrive sessions and throughout the curriculum.

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