Applying the principles of the Thrive Programme to support our pupils emotionally and socially to allow them to engage positively in learning and life.

Case Study Reference: #CSN477-769
Published: 06 October 2014

Why this is leading practice

At St Clement’s we are committed to supporting and enhancing our student’s emotional development/stage. The use of ‘The Thrive Approach’ allows us to screen all children in school to see their level of emotional and social skills and to identify any gaps in these areas. Four member of our staff team have received comprehensive training from Thrive and are now fully licensed Thrive practitioners (core practitioners). Once the gaps and the scale of them are identified a Thrive Core Practitioner will advise teaching staff of areas of focus to be covered within the PSHE curriculum, take small groups focussing on one area of weakness and/or engage in a more intense, core practitioner and child relationship. Often these children are our more troubled and hard to reach children and families but the thorough training we have received in order to practice and the skill of the practitioners are providing astonishing results, these children are re-engaging with learning and life!

Impact to date

 Emotional and social  outcomes were seen as essential to promote achievement and the development of life skills. The thrive programme provided an emotional assessment programme that together with academic progress , monitored pupil attainment.

The communication between parents, staff and pupils consolidated a style of approach which emphasised the connection between interactive behaviour and learning--emotionally secure pupils coped with learning.

Work is carried out with other schools in the Rivers Academy structure andd beyond in the regional and national networks.

Rationale / Start Point

Children come to school to learn. However some are not yet able or ready to do so. Current research shows us that if their stress management, emotional regulation and seeking/exploring systems have not been sufficiently developed they will be unable to settle, feel safe, concentrate , be curious or be willing to be able to work alongside peers. The ‘Thrive Approach’ provides 4 core practitioners with an online assessment tool, structure, action plans and strategies to build brain functioning, resilience and a healthy stress management system which in turn increases learning. The online tool allows us to complete whole class screenings, thus ensuring every child in school has their strengths and weaknesses identified. Ongoing assessment has enabled us to address vulnerable pupils needs creatively and these pupils now make at least ‘expected progress’ with the academic and social gap narrowing between these pupils and their peers.


Key Strategies

 Specialist consultants trained to lead the rest of the staff.

A coherent approach to applying related policies ( safeguarding,safe touch,PSHE ).

Rooms dedicated to Thrive activities.

Weekly briefings, come dine with me events,pupil councils.

Strong parental  communications.

Strong senior staff an 

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Sustainability and Further Development

 The intention is to budget provision for the training of further Thrive consultants.

There is support for applying the thrive principles in the daily routines of teaching ,learning  and social interactions throughout the school .

Lead Establishment

NameSt Clement's C of E Primary School
AddressHenwick Road
Telephone01905 423861
Web Site
Headteacher / ManagerKate Brunt
DCSF Number
Local Authority
Phase of EducationPrimary
Type and Status of ProviderLocal Authority
Awards and Initiatives