Our Thrive Approach

Let’s Help Every Child Thrive

We practice the ‘Thrive Approach’ at Chagford Primary School and Foundation Stage Unit.

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The Thrive Approach believes that every child needs to feel that they belong, that they matter, and that they are valued for their unique qualities.  Like all of us at some point in our lives, children face challenges that knock them off course. What is needed then is understanding and support to get them back on track.

The Thrive Approach can be used with all ages of children from birth to 17 years. It teaches:

  • what their behaviour means

  • new ways of responding

  • ways to reshape their stress

  • management systems

  • how to improve their emotional resilience

  • increased emotional literacy

  • greater ability to engage with life and learning

How does it work at Chagford school?

The Thrive approach is a way of assessing and supporting children’s emotional and social development. These assessments can then be used to provide personalised programmes for classes, groups and individuals.

Every child will be supported through the school-wide Thrive approach. An initial assessment will enable class teachers to identify particular topics to work on, such as how to have different opinions without falling out or how to recognise when someone is unhappy or upset.

Children who need more support will meet regularly with a Thrive practitioner in small groups or one-to-one, to focus on their learning needs together.

With the support of Thrive, we will work with parents to help children and young people to:

  • Feel good about themselves

  • Know that they matter

  • Become more resilient and resourceful

  • Have a positive place in society

  • Form trusting, rewarding relationships

  • Be creative

  • Be compassionate and empathetic

  • Be thoughtful and self-aware

  • Be productive

  • Be able to overcome difficulties and setbacks

If we are going to work with your child in a small group or one to one with a Thrive practitioner, we will ask your permission first and invite you to come and discuss what is going to happen and how you can support this work at home. Should you have any further questions regarding Thrive approach please speak to any of our trained practitioners:

  • Liz Wiseman (Headteacher)
  • Catherine Thomas (SENDCo / Year 1 Class Teacher)
  • Tina Adams (Foundation Stage Unit Practitioner)