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Across Tudor Grange Academy Trust, we are delighted to be embedding the Thrive Approach into our schools to support the emotional well-being of our pupils.

The Thrive Approach enables our staff to identify specific ways of working with pupils and helps them to respond to their differing needs, enabling them to contribute to developing a young person’s secure emotional base.

A secure emotional base is the necessary foundation for healthy development and enables access to learning so that children and young people can maximise their potential.

The Thrive Approach has four guiding principles:

  • Every child or young person is a unique person, constantly developing and learning in different ways and at different rates, each with their own abilities, talents, and potential to be fulfilled
  • Healthy development, emotional wellbeing and learning rely upon, and are promoted through, positive relationships
  • People flourish when they are confident, self-assured, capable, and resilient
  • Children and young people thrive in enabling environments where their individual development, learning experiences and needs are understood, responded to, and supported through strong partnerships with parents or carers.

The Thrive Approach is appropriate for all children and young people and enables adults to understand and meet children’s social and emotional needs at each stage of their development. Sometimes, because of challenges in the lives of children or their families, special educational needs or trauma, children and young people may be left with gaps or interruptions in their emotional development. The Thrive Approach enables adults to help to repair these gaps retrospectively, supporting optimal emotional health and wellbeing.

The Thrive Approach acknowledges that all behaviour is a form of communication. It highlights to us that behind every behaviour is a feeling and behind every feeling is a need. If a child or young person is behaving in a distressed, dysregulated, disruptive, or defensive manner, the adults around them recognise that this is their way of communicating that they have a need that is not being met.

As supportive adults in school, we focus on meeting the need of the child or young person rather than concentrating on the behaviour. This helps us to address the behaviour in a meaningful and sensitive way.

Our Thrive Practitioners

We have numerous Thrive practitioners at Robert Smyth Academy who support the Social, Emotional, Mental Health of our students.

Mrs J Osborne

Mrs J Osborne

SEMH Manager & Safeguarding

Miss B Smith

Miss B Smith

Leaning Mentor

Miss R Dowling

Miss R Dowling

Leaning Mentor

Mr K Armstrong

Mr K Armstrong

Behaviour Manager

Mr G Walker

Mr G Walker

Lead Teacher of SEND

Mra T Preedy

Mra T Preedy

Redwood HLTA

Mrs D Frearson

Mrs D Frearson

HLTA

Mrs C Barry

Mrs C Barry

LSA

Mrs H Stevenson

Mrs H Stevenson

LSA & ELSA

Mrs T Hunt

Mrs T Hunt

SEND Admin & ELSA

Mra S Ingram

Mra S Ingram

LSA & ELSA

Our Thrive Practitioners’ Rooms

Our Thrive practitioners have set up a welcoming and safe space for pupils to go when they have their Thrive sessions. The environment is calming and focused on providing opportunities for the children to build relationships. All activities are interactive and engaging and tailored with the particular needs of each child in mind. We have a smaller space for individual thrive sessions, a larger room for our group sessions and a dedicated ELSA room.