We've embraced Thrive in our Setting

What is Thrive?

Thrive is a systematic intervention to early identification of emotional developmental need in children and young people, leading to a deeper understanding of that young person which can be applied across the whole setting. It is preventative, reparative, pragmatic and easy to use.

The Thrive Approach is an individual and targeted way of working with all young people, that helps develop their social and emotional well-being, enabling them to engage with learning and successes in their later life. It supports them to become more self-assured, capable and resilient. It can also address any adverse behaviours, providing a firm foundation for academic knowledge. It changes perception of behaviour in children and truly makes their individual needs the focus of their Thrive sessions, but also enhances all staff’s understanding of that young person.

The Greater Horseshoe School uses Thrive to support its Therapeutic Approach across the school. The Thrive Approach has been developed over a 15-year period by a team of experts with backgrounds in social work, education, psychotherapy and psychology. It is used in early years settings, primary and secondary schools, independent schools, special schools, social care, healthcare and in many agencies across the UK.


What do we do in Thrive?

The focus and objectives for Thrive sessions are completely individualised to the young person we are working with, based on the emotional development stage they are working at. Also, their own specific interests are incorporated into the sessions, to make it an enjoyable and engaging session for the young person.

Therefore, no Thrive session is the same as another…From making slime, to playdough, going on nature walks, going to the beach, making sand castles, paddling in the sea, dancing and singing, playing fun games, to spending time with furry friends! Thrive and The Greater Horseshoe School value exploring the world around us, connecting with the world, being present, being open, and experimenting with new things.

We think it is so important to build relationships with the children and young people at The Greater Horseshoe School in Thrive. Making connections before trying to access any other form of learning is prominent within the Thrive Approach.

We want to help all our children and young people to:

  • Feel good about themselves and know that they matter
  • Increase their sense and security
  • Increase their emotional well-being
  • Improve their capacity to be creative and curious
  • Increase their self-esteem and confidence to learn
  • Learn to recognize their feelings
  • Learn to think about behaving in a certain way
  • Think about the consequences of their actions
  • And to THRIVE!

Introducing the Thrive team…

Holly: Blended Childhood Thrive Licensed Practitioner

Hello, my name is Holly. I began working at the school in February 2019 and my job role is an LSA. I have now finished my Childhood practitioner course for Thrive. I feel very passionately about the role Thrive plays within the school and each individual child’s wellbeing. I believe that if we look after the child’s social and emotional wellbeing, we are helping to reduce anxiety and stress and help produce a calmer and healthier person and environment. I also enjoy working on visuals and ensuring that sensory needs are met within the school environment.

Katie: Adolescent Thrive Licensed Practitioner

Hi, I’m Katie and I became a Thrive practitioner to help support the varying needs of the Young People that I work with.  I originally trained in a mainstream school setting and found that many of the young people needed to be able to access this therapeutic approach, and I have since strived to support the young people that I work with to the best of my ability.

Being part of the schools Thrive team enables me to think about completing tasks with our young people that may be of interest to them as an individual, enabling them to feel comfortable in the tasks that we complete and generate a rapport so that they can see that I am there to listen and help build upon their qualities and nurture them into becoming even more amazing individuals.

Sophie: Childhood Thrive Licensed Practitioner (Thrive lead)

Hi, I am Sophie and I am a Thrive practitioner working at the Greater Horseshoe school and Chipley Mill care farm. Having started at the school 2 years ago, I quickly became aware of how important Thrive is to our young people. I then completed my training and became part of the team! Having already completed an undergraduate degree in Psychology, I found the content really inspiring and aligned completely with my beliefs about education and child lead learning. Our young people are all truly individual and so our teaching should reflect that.

Since completing my training, I have spent most of my time running Thrive sessions and have been able to see the benefit first hand. I have loved getting to know all our young people and helping other staff support them. My passion is to continue to help all our young people understand themselves and others, to allow them to be as successful as they can be in their life.