What is Thrive?
Thrive is a systematic approach to identifying children's emotional developmental needs so that support can be put in place to help them overcome their difficulties. In life, we all encounter emotional ups and downs, what we hope is that we are emotionally resilient to deal with these encounters if and when they happen. However, for some of our young people, for various different reasons, they have not built up age appropriate resilience and need additional support to manage their emotions and behaviours. Thrive enables us to identify children across the school who may be struggling emotionally and to put targeted support in place for them to address their specific needs.
One of the key principles behind Thrive is that children spend time with an adult they trust, learning through play based activities. The children love their Thrive sessions and look forward to them each week. They will take part in all sorts of fun activities, such as, arts and crafts, sensory play, games, puppet play and story telling. Whilst being play based, the activities are specifically chosen to meet the developmental needs of the children.
A Whole School Approach
Thrive works best when it is embedded throughout the whole school, something we certainly aim to do here at Nansloe. All staff have been trained in Thrive approaches to positive behaviour and the Thrive online tools. Our behaviour policy is underpinned with Thrive principles and our Thrive room is located in the heart of our school.
Each term, class teachers screen their classes using Thrive Online, helping them to identify activities that would benefit their whole class whilst also helping to identify any individuals who may need more targeted 1:1 support.
To find our more about our behaviour policy and how it links to Thrive, please see our policies page: http://www.nansloe.com/policies/.
Mrs Swiggs completed her licensed practitioner training in 2016 and has been really enjoying helping to embed Thrive across the school. She plans and ensures the delivery of a Thrive based approach to provide emotional and social support to children across all classes in the school, including the ongoing assessment of the emotional and social needs of all children. Where children are identified as having particular difficulties in this area, Mrs Swiggs coordinates support for them.
Mrs Simpson delivers intensive Thrive support to individual children in our Thrive room, working under the guidance of Mrs Swiggs. These 1:1 sessions are play based and very much enjoyed by the children. She also works very closely with the parents of children with a Thrive action plan and she also opens the Thrive room at lunchtime, for any child who has a Thrive pass
If you have any concerns about your child, whether you think they might benefit from Thrive or whether they're already part of the Thrive group, please speak to Mrs Swiggs or Mrs Simpson; an appointment can be made through the school office.