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We are always looking for ways to support the children at BJS in achieving the best possible outcomes for themselves. We want all our pupils to flourish and so we have introduced The Thrive Approach across our school in order to support their emotional and social development. Our aim is to help the children feel happy, secure, able to enjoy friendships, deal with challenges, relate well to others and be ready and able to learn. 

Thrive Approach recognises that by supporting children's emotional and social development we can help build their resilience and resourcefulness.

Thrive is a specific way of working with all children that helps to develop their social and emotional well-being, enabling them to engage with life and learning. It supports them in becoming more self- assured, capable and adaptable. It can also address any troubled, or troubling, behaviours providing a firm foundation for academic attainment.  Positive relationships are at the heart of Thrive Approach. 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 their 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.


Thrive also helps us as adults to better understand the children’s needs being signalled by their behaviour. Sometimes children may struggle as a result of temporary setbacks or other, longer term changes/challenges in their lives such as a separation, a bereavement, a family illness or accident, or even the arrival of a new baby. They may signal their distress by becoming withdrawn for example, perhaps demonstrate challenging or disruptive behaviour, or even by trying too hard to please. If this happens we can use Thrive Approach to look beyond the behaviour to give these children the support they need to get back on track.

We use a screening tool and activity planning resource called Thrive-Online. This allows us to check that the children are working appropriately for their age and to support them with activities/tasks that ensure that they are as emotionally and socially developed as they can be.

As with much of the support we offer at BJS, Thrive is used in various ways in our school: We have a whole school approach which sees each class having an identified target that they all work towards through their everyday activities in class, we also run small groups for those who may benefit for more focussed work and we also offer 1:1 support with one of Licensed Practitioners.

What can you do to help?

When we work with children in a 1:1 situation or small group, the plans created to support the child suggest specific activities that you can do at home. This means that together we can help the children through any difficulties they are experiencing. If you would more information about this please speak with our Thrive Licensed Practitioners, Miss Watkins, Mrs Spraget and Mrs Varney.

The following is a link to information available to parents: