Thrive School

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Fitzmaurice Primary School

What is the Thrive Approach? 

Children cannot always put their needs into words. However, the way children behave can tell us a lot about how they are feeling; think of behaviour as a form of communication. The Thrive Approach draws on the latest research from current neuroscience, recent attachment research, current studies of effective learning and current models of child development. 

How do we use Thrive school?  

As a Trust we have embraced Thrive in each of our schools. We are also very excited to be working collaboratively towards becoming an Ambassador Trust of Excellence in Thrive.  

We don’t consider Thrive to be an intervention for just a few children. We consider it to be a whole-school approach. Thrive is entwined in everything we do: whole-class teaching, small group work, assemblies, forest schools as well as our extensive pastoral support programme.

Using our own experience, and the resources available through the Thrive Approach, we can effectively support all our children’s emotional, mental health and social wellbeing from the first day of school until transition to secondary education.  

Why do we do what we do? 

Through positive relationships, our priority is to care for every child in a safe and friendly environment. To help us achieve this we have fully embraced the Thrive Approach. The Education Endowment Foundation suggest that teaching staff who are trained to improve emotional wellbeing help children make substantial attainment progress. 



All children benefit from a whole-school Thrive approach, we do however also have Swans, a space where 1:1 or small group work can take place in a safe and calm environment.


Mrs Busson is our Thrive Licensed Practitioner. Mrs Quinn and Mrs Lindberg also offer interventions that have their foundations in the Thrive approach.

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