The Thrive Approach

The Thrive Approach is a dynamic, developmental and trauma-sensitive approach to meeting the emotional and social needs of children. At our academy, we support our children to feel all their feelings. We teach children that there is no such thing as a ‘wrong’ feeling, all feelings are welcome and it is what you do with the feeling that counts.

We encourage our children to recognise the signs of dysregulation and then employ strategies to help them manage this. Each child is invited to undertake a weather ‘check in’ at least daily and children can move between different weather throughout the day. Each classroom also has a designated calm corner with a Thrive Toolkit, which promotes mindfulness activities and self regulation, including breathing techniques and fidget aids.

We have worked incredibly hard on the physical and emotional environment within the academy and as a result of this we have recently been awarded Thrive Ambassador status for excellence in our environment.