Thrive

GLF schools strongly recommend using the Thrive Approach in EYFS settings and primary schools to support the children as they learn to think about their emotions, choices and friendships so that they are able to develop into confident, skilful young people who enjoy learning and respect each other. Fiona Jarman from the GLF education team jarmanf@glfschools.org is an accredited Thrive trainer. Within GLF we already have more than twenty highly skilled and experienced members of staff who have successfully trained to become licensed Thrive Practitioners.


Using The Thrive Approach To Promote Emotional Well-being and Outstanding Behaviour.

We know that children need to feel safe and happy at school in order to make progress in their lessons and to fulfil their potential. GLF schools strongly recommend using the Thrive Approach in EYFS settings and primary schools to support the children as they learn to think about their emotions, choices and friendships so that they are able to develop into confident, skilful young people who enjoy learning and respect each other.

Our GLF Behaviour Support Lead is an accredited Thrive Trainer, meaning we can offer Thrive Practitioner courses and C.P.D. for all local Primary Schools, Nurseries and Children’s Centres. Within GLF we already have more than twenty highly skilled and experienced members of staff who have successfully trained to become licensed Thrive Practitioners.

In the same way schools offer additional support for children who are finding literacy or maths challenging, the Thrive Practitioners support children who need more targeted intervention when something has knocked them off track emotionally or to improve their behaviour.

Wherever possible the Practitioner will work alongside parents and teachers to assess individual children and create action plans for both home and school.

Thrive is a whole school approach, benefitting all the children not just those who are vulnerable or at risk of exclusion. Every class is assessed by their teachers twice a year, this enables them to plan P.S.H.E. lessons and Circle Times which are personalised for the needs of their pupils. Case studies have shown steady and sustained improvements in the attendance and behaviour of key children, enabling teachers to focus on the teaching & learning in their classes.

The Thrive Approach uses and applies the latest research about neuroscience, attachment, creativity, play and child development. Our sense of well-being relies on us being safe, feeling special and having our needs met. These things are the foundation of a good internal “stress management system,” enabling us to be resilient and to calm down quickly after experiencing powerful emotions rather than reacting explosively. Thrive Practitioners are specially trained to help children to express their feelings safely through arts and play, to recognise a range of emotions, to develop a good stress management system and to support any child who needs to change disruptive, inappropriate or unsafe behaviours.

To find out how to access Thrive Practitioner courses in Surrey please contact Fiona Jarman: jarmanf@glfschools.org

You can access other training options and read much more about the Thrive Approach here: www.thriveapproach.co.uk

An Introduction to Thrive.pdf
GLF Thrive Practitioners

Thrive Training, Costs & Other Implications

· Ideally the school needs at least two licensed practitioners, one of whom is a senior leader / SENDCO and another who can work out of class on a regular basis (e.g. Learning Mentor / ELSA)

· Potential practitioners need to be carefully identified by the S.L.T. as the training is for ten days spread over two terms. All days must be attended to gain a licence.

· A Practitioner course costs £850 (GLF schools only) this includes all delegate materials, I.T. back up, quality assurance and for schools new to Thrive 90 day training licences provided by Thrive FTC.

· Practitioners are licensed by Thrive FTC and need annual C.P.D. to keep practitioner licences up to date (one day course).

· Site licences for the on-line assessment tool are purchased on an annual basis. The cost of these licences is per student in the school and depends upon the size of the school / organisation purchasing them. However as GLF purchases in bulk these are currently £2.50 per student

· A small room needs to be set aside within the school for individual / small group work that becomes a “safe place” for vulnerable children. Where possible this should only be for Thrive, not other interventions to maintain the safe nature of the room.

· Parental permission needs to be obtained before completing individual screenings and action plans, many schools have this in their general permissions as children join.

GLF Thrive Shared Resources


Thrive Example Case Study

You can download and adapt this document to demonstrate impact

Case Study.docx

Thrive Forum

Audience: Licensed Thrive Practitioners & trainees

Strategic ideas to make the most of the Thrive Approach e.g.Use of whole class profiles.

Supervision for challenging cases.

Networking and sharing of good practice.