The Thrive Approach

Thrive is a dynamic, developmental approach to working with children and young people that helps teachers and adults to interpret behaviour and address children’s needs. Thrive is a specialist intervention programme which supports children with their emotional health, well-being and social skills; all of which are needed for learning to take place. Thrive is based on up to date brain science and research into child development and helps all the staff in our school to adapt their approach to individual children to build self-esteem, well-being and positive behaviour.

For us this means that we have Thrive embedded within our whole school ethos, we passionately believe in and deliver a creative curriculum which builds children's social and emotional resilience.

The Thrive Approach offers practical, effective tools and techniques that work, built around a web-based assessment and action planning tool, underpinned by a programme of training and mentoring support.

The process is designed as a progressive spiral, starting with assessment. Informed by the developmental model, we use relational, play-and arts-based activities in one-to-one sessions, in small group sessions, or in class as lessons progress.

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. The interrelationship between children’s development and learning is critical and central to the Thrive Approach, which identifies and supports the needs of each individual. At The Dales Specialist School we provide a personalised learning approach, which is clearly supported by Thrive.

What are the principles of Thrive?

There are four guiding principles of the Thrive Approach:

  • Every child is a unique person, constantly developing and learning in different ways and at different rates, each with his/her own abilities, talents and potential to be fulfilled.
  • Children’s healthy development, emotional well-being and learning are crucially dependent upon, and promoted through, positive relationships.
  • Children flourish when they are confident, self-assured, capable and resilient.
  • Children thrive in enabling environments, in which their individual development, learning experiences and needs are understood, responded to and supported through strong partnerships with parents/carers.

With the support of Thrive training and Thrive-Online, adults learn how to help children and young people to:

  • feel good about themselves
  • know that they matter
  • become more resilient and resourceful
  • have a positive place in society
  • form trusting, rewarding relationships
  • be creative
  • be compassionate and empathetic
  • be thoughtful and self-aware
  • be productive
  • be able to overcome difficulties and setbacks

At times we use Thrive approaches with individual children whilst on other occasions the approaches are tailored to meet the needs of whole classes. The emphasis is on providing positive, descriptive feedback to children.  Activities are based on the arts and unleashing children's creative talents.  We use puppets, sandpits, feathers, mirrors, sensory blocks and raw materials that enable children to creatively express their thoughts, emotions and sensations.  Adopting a helpful attitude is key to successes. By working in this extremely focused way with individual children we can really make a difference to their social and emotional resilience.

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