As a school we are now using an approach called ‘Thrive’. Thrive 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 staff in school to adapt their approach to individual children to build self-esteem, well-being and behaviour.
The Thrive approach begins with a whole class, computerised screening, where teachers answer a series of questions about each child in the class. The computer programme then identifies any children who would benefit from a more detailed assessment, which in turn suggests ideas, activities and strategies to support the individual child.
We believe that this approach can be of huge benefit to all our children and so on entry to school we are asking all parents and carers for permission to carry out a Thrive Screening on their child. We will of course let you know of any concerns revealed by the screening and you will be fully consulted and involved in any follow-up activities. Sometimes it may be useful to share the results with other agencies, for example our Educational Psychologist or Behaviour Advisor, so we ask your permission for this too.
We have two fully trained ‘lead’ members of staff delivering this approach across our school. However all staff have received training to support with the delivery of the Thrive programme.
We do hope that you will wish your child to benefit from this valuable resource, but please feel free to contact the school if you have any queries.
A short film demonstrating how a school in the North East adopted Thrive as a whole school approach