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Thrive at Whitehouse Community Primary School


What is Thrive?

Thrive at Whitehouse Community Primary School is an approach to teaching and learning that recognises the importance of children developing their social and emotional skills alongside their academic skills in order to become successful life-long learners.  Through addressing gaps in social and emotional development we aim to enable children to have the skills in place in order to access learning and to thrive in their personal development and academic progress. 


Who at Whitehouse Community Primary School is trained in the Thrive Approach?

Throughout 2016-17 Mrs Porter, SENDCo and Mrs Jones, Lead Thrive TA successfully completed a 10-day training course to become Licenced Thrive Practitioners.  They have since completed further annual training and tasks in order to maintain their licences to practice.  We were fortunate to be able to train a further member of staff, Mrs Darke in 2017-18 as a licenced Thrive Practitioner and hope to extend this further over the coming years to provide a team of trained Licenced Thrive Practitioners within our school. In addition to our licenced Thrive Practitioners, all staff were trained in the Thrive approach by a Thrive trainer in September 2017.  Staff joining since this date have received training in school by the Thrive Lead.


How does Thrive work at Whitehouse Community Primary School?

Through the Thrive approach staff recognise and support the social and emotional needs of the children.  Whole class screening provides information for the class teacher to help him/her to plan PSHE sessions bespoke to the needs of the class.  Where children need individualised support parental/carer consent is obtained for an individual assessment.  The assessment then leads to an action plan for the child with support in place through individual or small group sessions.  Our Thrive Lead is also very willing to meet with parents/carers to draw up an action plan for home if this is requested.


What progress Whitehouse Community Primary School made in the Thrive approach?

Since the launch of Thrive in 2017, Whitehouse Community Primary School has successfully completed the necessary requirements to move from ‘We are introducing Thrive in our setting’ status to being awarded ‘We’ve embraced Thrive in our setting’ status.  In October 2018, after just a year of Thrive in our school we are proud to say that we were invited by Thrive to be an Ambassador School for Thrive.  We now host additional training, hold network meetings for other Thrive Practioners and support other settings who are introducing Thrive in their settings.


Where can I find out more about Thrive?

If you would like further information on Thrive please visit the Thrive website at:


If you would like to find out more about Thrive in our school please ask at the office for an appointment with  Mrs Jones, Thrive lead or Mrs Porter SENDCo.





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