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At New Road we are proud to be a Thrive School. We use The Thrive Approach to support for your child’s emotional well-being. Thrive is a dynamic, developmental approach to working with children and young people that helps teachers and adults to interpret their behaviours and address their emotional needs.


What are the principles of Thrive?


There are four guiding principles of the Thrive Approach:

• Every child is a unique person, constantly developing and learning in different ways and at

   different rates, each with his/her own abilities, talents and potential to be fulfilled.

• Children’s healthy development, emotional well-being and learning are crucially

    dependent upon, and promoted through, positive relationships.

• Children flourish when they are confident, self-assured, capable and resilient.

• Children thrive in enabling environments, in which their individual development, learning

    experiences and needs are understood, responded to and supported through strong

    partnerships with parents/carers.


What are the benefits of Thrive?


• Thrive teaches the understanding of children’s behaviour as communication, improves learning skills and  leads to greater attainment.

• It promotes productive learning for all children.

• It creates practical strategies that can be implemented the next day.

  • • It supports and empowers, providing the confidence and competence to work with challenging and vulnerable children, and with parents and            integrated teams.

• It leads to better relationships at home and in school.

How is it that all children benefit from Thrive?


Thrive is an approach to working with all children. It is based on neurological evidence which addresses brain development so that all children learn to regulate their emotional responses, develop resilience and manage disappointment and frustration.

All children (and adults!) need a little emotional support when things are going wrong. Thrive provides a way of understanding and addressing the emotional and social development of all children. It pays specific attention to children as and when they experience interruptions to that development whenever and for whatever reason they arise.


What kinds of behaviour does it help with?


The Thrive Approach helps children who are, temporarily or more permanently, restless, withdrawn or underachieving as well as those with attachment issues or challenging and disruptive behaviours. Schools that have introduced Thrive report improved attendance, reduced classroom disruption, better educational attainment and fewer exclusions. Parents report significant improvements in their relationship with their children as well as improved behaviour. The children themselves say they feel better understood and they get more out of school.