What is Thrive?
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 – in order to help adults understand children’s behaviour as communication. It is an integrated approach. Its strength is that it pulls together work from different disciplines to provide one model that is systematic, dynamic and relevant and helps adults respond to a child’s emotional situation in a way that supports their emotional and social development.
If children have been emotionally thrown off track, either temporarily or over longer periods, Thrive helps us understand the needs being signalled by their behaviour and gives us targeted strategies and activities to help them re-engage.
The Thrive Hive
Here at TCS Mill Lane, we are very fortunate to have wonderful Thrive facilities. The Thrive Hive is a specifically tailored environment that provides children who attend with the space needed to support their emotional and social learning.
The Thrive Hive is a small class of around 2-6 children with identified social, emotional and/or behavioural needs. They may be children who feel insecure in school or who may need more adult support than cannot be provided within a mainstream class setting.
Within the Thrive Hive, children have the opportunity to develop positive 1:1 relationships with adults and other children in a constant and predictable setting. The aim of the learning is to support children in building self-esteem, confidence, independence, team work, and social skills as well as providing emotional and behavioural support.
How are children taught in the Thrive Hive?
Learning and activities are planned closely to those that are completed in their mainstream class to ensure that the same skills and objectives are taught as their peers. This ensures that, whilst there is a focus on social, emotional and behavioural, access to the curriculum is still provided. Learning may however be broken down into smaller more manageable chunks to support the children in being and feeling successful.
How are children identified?
Every term, each class are whole class screened. These are completed by the class teacher alongside our Licensed Thrive Practitioner. This may lead to identifying a child or group of children who may need an individual Thrive assessment and thus access to the Thrive Hive.
Individual Thrive assessments are only completed upon permission of the parent/carer. These individual assessments will lead to individual action plans being drawn up which will then be shared with the parent/carer who are then encouraged to do some of the activities at home to reinforce what is done at school. These will be completed termly to monitor progress.
When will my child be in the Thrive Hive?
The Thrive Hive is run all day every day but when your child visits may vary according to their need. When in the Thrive Hive on a full time basis, children will be collected from their mainstream class at 9:05 and remain in the class until returning to their mainstream class for home time. Others may just be supported in the morning, returning to their mainstream class for afternoon. Others may just be supported once or twice per week. This will be in the afternoon sessions.
Our Thrive Staff
Mr Smith – Licensed Thrive Practitioner and Leader for Inclusion and Thrive