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St Mary's CE Primary School

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At St Mary’s Primary School, every child matters and all children need to feel safe, valued, special, appreciated and included. We want every child to feel happy, content and confident, ready to embrace the day in our secure, caring and friendly environment.


However, some children face challenges, which means that some of their social and emotional needs may be greater than those of others. By using The Thrive Approach, we will help support and guide the children in our care to allow them to develop emotionally and distinguish between their feelings to help them manage these appropriately. 


What is Thrive?

Thrive is a therapeutic approach to help support children with their emotional and social development. The Thrive Approach offers practical strategies and techniques and is built around online assessments which identify children’s emotional development and provides action plans for their individual needs.


Research has shown that how we behave is linked to how we feel and our emotions are linked to how we learn. By teaching children to recognise and notice these feelings and emotions it can help with their development and learning.


Children sometimes need some extra support with their emotional growth and this can be temporary or over a longer period of time. Thrive promotes their emotional and social growth by building positive relationships between a child and their peers and helps them explore and understand their feelings through various activities.


When might my child benefit from Thrive?

Many children experience difficulties during their time at school. These may include:

•             Difficulties with friendships.

•             Finding it hard to settle in the classroom.

•             Finding it difficult to manage their strong feelings.

•             Not knowing who to turn to when feelings are too big to manage on their own.


These situations can lead to many different feelings which may seem overwhelming at times. All these feelings are very normal and happen to a lot of children. The Thrive Approach helps children learn to manage their feelings and teach them strategies that will help promote their learning at school.


If you interested in finding out more about The Thrive Approach, please view the Thrive website