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Hillary Primary School

We celebrate diverse completeness - We Thrive in our uniqueness

Hillary Primary School home page

Hillary Primary School

We celebrate diverse completeness - We Thrive in our uniqueness

What is Thrive?

What is Thrive?


The Thrive Approach is a powerful way of working with children and young people that supports their social and emotional development.


It equips us to work in a targeted way with children. There are many uses, for example, helping those who may have struggled with difficult life events, developing self stress regulation systems, attainment, attendance, behaviour management, etc....


The main goal is to help children to engage with life and learning.



Why Thrive?


Thrive is based on recent advances in neuroscience, attachment theory and child development. because of this, we understood and then recognised that there are many barriers to learning. These include: developmental, behavioural, social, emotional and physical barriers that mean that some children are not ready and open to learning.


It therefore helps staff and parents to understand that challenging and troubling behaviour is a form of communication.



How Thrive is implemented at Hillary


  • Web have our very own, bespoke Thrive room called the nest - a safe space for all children. The Nest is also used for ‘reflection’ and bespoke interventions.
  • We have a number of Licensed Thrive Practitioners who deliver bespoke 1:1 or small group lessons within the Nest. They also develop whole school Thrive plans, assess the needs of children through profiling, and operate as a pastoral team for behaviour management.
  • All teachers are trained in Thrive, allowing them to deliver weekly Thrive lessons that address right time development targets in their classrooms (EYFS: Thinking, Y1-3: Power and Identity, Y4-6: Skills and structure).
  • All classroom have their own clam down area for children that is accessed as needed.
  • Thrive progress is assessed every Term (in line with academic assessments).



Thrive Impact


Thrive was first introduced in November 2017. In October 2018 511/690 children were identified as needing Thrive support. As of July 2019, only 96 children needed Thrive support.


Tracking of card changes has helped us to identify that English lessons were failing to meet children’s needs and so the coordinator has bought The Power of Reading. Behaviour in English lessons is now clam and conducive to effective teaching and learning.


Children identified they didn’t feel safe at break times. This has now been addressed through the implementation of both adult and child play facilitators, as well as updated equipment.


Academically, Thrive children that had the potential to pass SAT’s, but were struggling to full fill this due to life events were given mentors for academic year 2018-19 and all passed their Y6 SATs (see RC, case study).


If you want to find out more about The Thrive Approach please visit their website:


The Thrive Approach