What is Thrive?

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 development. 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.

We have been using Thrive at Hotspur since 2015 and the approach is now securely embedded within our whole school ethos. We are proud to be a school where children and all the grown-ups who care for them, thrive together. Our behaviour policy, school environment and curriculum all have Thrive at the very heart.

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. Parents and carers who would like to know more about the approach are welcome to ask one of our key Thrive Practitioners.

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Our Thrive team

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 them to:

  • 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 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. We use Thrive-Online® to screen all children at Hotspur once each term and then use this data to plan appropriate activities to build into teaching to support social and emotional development as well as whole class lessons, which are a key part of our Relationships and Thrive Curriculum. We can then measure and report on the progress of whole groups and individuals over time.

Additional needs

Some pupils identified as having additional needs, will be supported further by a small group or individual Thrive plan. Parents and carers will be informed if their child is supported with an individual plan.