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At Shipston Primary School, every child matters and all children need to feel safe, valued, appreciated and included.  We want every child coming to our school to feel happy, content and confident, ready to embrace the day in our secure and friendly environment. 


Thrive is a therapeutic approach to help support children with their emotional and social development.

The Thrive approach offers practical strategies and techniques and is built around online assessments which identify children’s development and provides action plans for their individual needs.


Research has shown that how we behave is linked to how we feel and our emotions are linked to how we learn. By teaching children to recognise and notice these feelings and emotions it can help with their development and learning.


Children sometimes need some extra support with their emotional growth and this can be temporary or over a longer period of time.Thrive promotes their emotional and social growth by building positive relationships between a child and their peers and helps them explore and understand their feelings through various activities.


Why might my child attend a Thrive session?

Many children experience difficulties during their time at school. These may include:

  • Difficulties with friendships.
  • Getting into trouble at playtime.
  • Finding it hard to settle in the classroom.
  • Finding it difficult to manage their strong feelings.
  • Not knowing who to turn to when feelings are too big to manage on their own.


These situations can lead to many different feelings which may seem overwhelming at times. They might include: anger, frustration, sadness, loneliness, confusion or anxiety. All these feelings are very normal and happen to a lot of children. The Thrive sessions are to help children learn to manage their feelings and teach them strategies that will help promote their learning at school.


Sessions may be on an individual basis or within a small group of children. Some of the activities we may do in a session may include:

  • Storytelling.
  • Circle games.
  • Go Noodle (Movement).
  • Sand Play or water play.
  • Arts and crafts.
  • Relaxation.


For more information about  the Thrive approach see the website

or contact Vanessa Faulkner (Pastoral Manager and Thrive Practitioner) via the school office.