THRIVE is a dynamic, developmental approach to working with children that supports their emotional and social wellbeing. It is based on the latest research in neuroscience, attachment theory and child development, drawing on research into the role of creativity and play in developing emotional resilience


At Blackwater we use Thrive for all pupils age appropriately woven within and across the day as ‘right time learning’. This is within class, led by class teachers and underpinned consistently by all staff across our whole provision. This creates a readiness for learning, an ability to show empathy and understanding of others and builds an inclusive community. Thrive is also used in response to identified or emerging need for an individual or group as ‘key time learning’. In these cases the school works with parents and carers on agreed action plans reviewed and revisited as part of a structured programme. Our THRIVE base, ‘My Space’, is our hub for THRIVE provision, facilitating and offering supportive programmes for pupils in a variety of ways across the school day, eg play therapy, 1-1 activities, small group work.


We keep the children aware of Thrive with a weekly assembly in which we discuss brain science, examples of behaviour wanted and unwanted and celebrate Golden tickets and positive social skills.