Thrive Approach

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What is Thrive?

We know that children learn best in school when they are happy and settled. At Canon Sharples we are using the Thrive Approach to help us develop our pupils’ emotional and social well-being. The Thrive approach helps us to tune into childrens' current developmental needs, identify any gaps and then plan to meet them. In adopting Thrive as a whole school, we will support all of our pupils to build a strong emotional intelligence toolkit, enabling them to make the best possible progress in their learning and THRIVE in school and beyond. 

Positive relationships are at the heart of Thrive and we use these relationships, together with play and creative activities, to give children key experiences at each different stage of their development to meet their needs.


What are the benefits of Thrive?

Thrive teaches the understanding of children’s behaviour as communication, improves learning skills and leads to greater attainment.

• It promotes productive learning for all children.

• It supports staff, providing them with confidence to work with more challenging and vulnerable children, and with parents and integrated teams.

• It leads to better relationships at home and in school.


How do we use Thrive?

Early identification of emotional development needs builds resilience and reduces the risk of mental illness.Thrive offers us a way of assessing and supporting children’s emotional and social development and real time needs, which can then be used to provide personalised programmes for classes, groups and individuals. All class teachers use a tool called Thrive-Online to screen their classes each term. These assessments help teachers to plan a social and emotional curriculum for the whole class, incorporating relevant strategies and activities into PSHE and RHE lessons, everyday routines and general Quality First Teaching. 


By using Thrive we will:

  • Develop a holistic approach to support children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing.
  • Provide early identification and effective support for children who are experiencing emotional, social or behavioural difficulties.
  • Provide an environment for children to safely express and explore strong feelings which are creating barriers to learning.
  • Develop supportive relationships between peers, and between children and adults in school.
  • Support children to regulate and self soothe leading to resilience, academic progress and positive relationships.
  • Provide children with strong foundations that will carry them through into adulthood.


Thrive Ambassadors

We have Thrive Ambassadors in school who meet regularly, supported by Miss Fox to promote Mental Health and wellbeing throughout our whole school. They are a pro-active group who gather feedback from their peers and staff, work on special projects, as well as disseminate important information to the school community, all to improve our Mental Health and Wellbeing provision in school. Please watch the video below to hear from some of our Thrive Ambassadors. 


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Exciting News! 

January 2022

We are delighted to inform you that we have been successful in our application for three Thrive Ambassador School Excellence Awards. Following a robust application and assessment process of our Thrive Approach in school, we were very proud to recieve Thrive Ambassador School Excellence Awards in the following areas of our practice: Environment, Reparative practice, and Real-time learning. Thrive is an important thread running through our school ethos, practice, and curriculum, and underpins learning and conversations in school to support pupils' social and emotional development.  Our staff are truly committed to supporting pupils' social and emotional development through effective implementation of Thrive, and through our wider provision, systems, and policies. We hope to secure further Thrive Ambassador School Excellence in Leadership and Relationships and have ambition as a school community to become a Thrive Ambassador School in the near future. 

June 2022

Read the article in Wigan Today about our Thrive Ambassador status

July 2022

Following our recent Thrive assessment visit, our pupils and staff are proud to report that we have achieved the final two Thrive Ambassador School Excellence Awards in Leadership and Relationship and have now been accredited with the status of Thrive School of Excellence.

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For more information about Thrive Approach see the website: or contact our Thrive Licensed Practitioners in school to find out more about Thrive Approach is implemented in school. 


Thrive Licensed Practitioners at Canon Sharples CE Primary School
Miss C.Kiselis
Miss J. Fox


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