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St Matthias

Church of England Primary School

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Well Being

As a school we use an approach based on  ‘Thrive’ practice. 



Thrive is a specialist intervention programme that supports children with their emotional health, well-being and social skills; all of which are needed for learning to take place. Thrive is based on up to date brain science and research into child development.  The training we have had over the last few years has helped the staff in our school to adapt their approach to individual children to build self-esteem, well-being and positive behaviour.​

What is Thrive?

“The Thrive Approach believes that every child needs to feel that they belong, that they matter and that they are valued for their unique qualities.”

Like all of us at some point in our lives, children may face challenges that knock them off course. They need understanding and support to get them back on track.

The Thrive approach can be used with all ages of children from birth to 17 years. It teaches:

  • What their behaviour means
  • New ways of responding
  • Ways to reshape their stress management systems
  • How to improve their emotional  resilience
  • Increased emotional literacy
  • Greater ability to engage with life and learning

How does Thrive work at St Matthias?

The Thrive approach is a way of assessing and supporting children’s emotional and social development.  These assessments can then be used to provide personalised programmes for classes, groups and individuals.

Every child will be supported through the school wide Thrive approach. An initial assessment will enable class teachers to identify particular strands to work on, such as how to have different opinions without falling out or how to recognise when some one is unhappy or upset.

Children who need additional support will meet regularly with a Thrive practitioner in small groups or one-to-one, to focus on their learning needs.

With the support of Thrive, we will work with parents to help children and young people to:

  • Feel good about themselves
  • Know they matter
  • Become more resilient and resourceful
  • Have a positive place in society
  • Form trusting, rewarding relationships
  • Be creative
  • Be thoughtful and self-aware
  • Be compassionate and empathetic
  • Be able to overcome difficulties and setbacks
  • Have an increased emotional capacity for learning

School is a very special time in all children’s lives.

Children come to school to learn and those with a strong sense of well being, are more able to make the most of the opportunities available to them.

Our aim is to work in close partnership with you as you know your child best.

If we are going to work with your child in a small group, or one to one with a Thrive practitioner, we will ask your permission first and invite you to come and discuss what is going to happen and how you can support this work at home.

Should you have any further questions regarding the Thrive approach, please speak to:

Mrs Ginnie Beale

Mrs Tracey Taylor

Ms Sarah Flubacher


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