St John The Baptist Catholic Primary School "Together, through our words and actions, our work and play,We point towards Christ, each and every day"

The Thrive Approach

What is the Thrive Approach?


The Thrive Approach supports children to develop their social and emotional wellbeing, enabling them to engage with life and learning. It supports them in becoming more self-assured, capable and adaptable. It can also address any troubling behaviours providing a firm foundation for academic attainment.

Positive relationships are at the heart of Thrive. We use these relationships, together with play and creative activities, to give children key experiences at each different stage of their development. Repetition of these activities supports children’s development, helping them to:


  • Feel good about themselves and know that they matter
  • Increase their sense of security and trust
  • Increase their emotional well-being
  • Improve their capacity to be creative and curious
  • Increase their self-esteem and confidence to learn
  • Learn to recognise and regulate their feelings
  • Learn to think before behaving in a certain way
  • And much more


Mrs Johnston and Mrs Foley are our Thrive Practitioners

How will my child be involved in Thrive?

We use a screening tool and activity planning resource called Thrive-Online. This allows us to assess children and to develop class, group or individual action plans with specific strategies and activities to ensure that they are as emotionally and socially supported as they can be.





Every September, class teachers complete a class Thrive assessment.  The class profile will identify which social and emotional development strands are strong and where the class would benefit from support.

Class teachers will choose three targets per term to focus with the class – their ‘Thrive targets’ - through circle time, RHSE lessons, curriculum time as well as routines and discussions within the classroom. 




Children will usually be identified for targeted work by class teachers, support staff or senior leaders. Our Thrive Practitioners will complete individual assessments before planning a six week programme of support.  These may take place for individuals or groups of children. 



If additional support is needed, our Thrive Practitioners, along with the safeguarding leads, can work with our families to organise extra help from other agencies:

Child and Adolecent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

Child Wellbeing Practitioners (through CAMHS) 

Family Support Services

Early Help Hub