The Thrive Approach
The Thrive Approach is based on neuroscientific evidence, backed up with research from child development, learning theory and attachment. It is a methodical approach used to support children in meeting their own emotional needs, under the guidance of named adults within the school setting.
The Thrive approach uses whole school profiling to compare children to their ideal ‘right time’ development. This then provides staff with activities and strategies to ensure they develop key social and emotional skills at the correct stage in their life.
Many events in life can cause children to not develop these skills, through no fault of their upbringing. Where a child has not developed these skills, Thrive profiling will help to identify interruptions in a child’s emotional development, and supports trained staff to develop any missing skills.
This helps build resilience and confidence, as well as developing their emotional literacy (recognising how they feel and putting language to those emotions).
This also enables the child to be more receptive in their learning, supporting them to achieve, and decreasing the risk of mental health issues now and in the future.
At South Stanley Junior school we have embraced the Thrive approach as we believe that children require a range of skills to succeed in life. We understand that developing emotional resilience and key social skills better prepare children to be positive members of our society.
In order to support all pupils in their development we have 2 licensed Thrive practitioners, Mr Wakelam and Mrs James. Both co-ordinate our whole school Thrive approach, including delivering targeted sessions to individuals and small groups with identified interruptions in their development.