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The Thrive Approach

Thrive at St James’ Primary school


What is Thrive?


Thrive is a whole school approach to support children with their emotional and social development to enable them to engage with learning. Early identification of emotional development needs builds resilience and reduces the risk of mental illness.


Through observations and the use of Thrive online, our licensed Thrive practitioner is able to select age-appropriate strategies and activities to support children’s emotional wellbeing.  All children will greatly benefit from the Thrive approach; some children may not be equipped with the life experiences which will help them to regulate their emotions.  A sudden life-changing event can lead to a child underachieving because of behaviours that might hinder their learning.


By using Thrive we will:

  • Develop a holistic approach to support children’s mental health and wellbeing.

  • Provide early identification and effective support for children who are experiencing emotional, social and behavioural difficulties.

  • Provide a safe environment for children to express and explore strong feelings. 

  • Support and supply the necessary tools to help to build the child’s resilience; to self-soothe and to regulate their emotions. 

  • Develop supportive relationships between peers, and between the children and adults in school.

  • Provide children with strong foundations that will carry them into adulthood.



For more information about the Thrive approach, see the website: or contact Miss Iona Wright, Thrive practitioner at St.James’ C of E primary school.


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