The Thrive approach promotes children and young people’s positive mental health by helping adults know how to be and what to do in response to their differing and sometimes distressed behaviour.
The training enabled the Thrive approach to be implemented across the school in the following ways:
– The children all have a class set of objectives that are specifically built into Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) lessons and teachers are encouraged to highlight opportunities for meeting objectives in other lessons in their daily planning. This is monitored by our school senior leadership team.
– A small group of children in school receive 1:1 or small group Thrive sessions. They have an individual Thrive profile that is separate to their class profile. The two Thrive practitioners have been given an afternoon each to work with the children. This allows us to meet the needs of a greater number of children.
– Before starting small group or individual Thrive sessions, one of the practitioners meets with parents to do an initial assessment and a home profile is produced. This is reviewed every 3 months.
– During the Coronavirus outbreak, all parents were emailed their child’s class objectives with a list of activities that they could do with them to meet their social and emotional needs. Parents were pointed towards the Thrive Facebook page set up during this time and were given Thrive information on a weekly basis through the school Facebook page. This included wellbeing information, strategies for helping their emotional development and encouraging ways of maintaining children’s social wellbeing using (safe) social media.
Staff are developing the language associated with Thrive and are more readily recognising children who have gaps in their development.