George Hastwell School


What is Thrive?

Thrive is the assessment that we use in school to identify gaps in a child's emotional development where their life experiences have not equipped them with the tools to regulate their emotions. We can fill those gaps, through activities based predominantly around play and the creative arts.  All pupils at George Hastwell benefit from the Thrive approach.

How might it look?

What support do we offer?

George Hastwell School offers a range of strategies and resources to pupils to help them THRIVE and be in the best place emotionally to access learning. Our intention is to support and enable pupils to recognise their own emotional needs and be able to manage them successfully. Providing our pupils with arts and play based experiences, to help them work through attachment issues and trauma and therefore help emotionally regulate themselves, will in turn enable them to access learning in a calm and focused manner. Trained staff use observation, knowledge and understanding alongside parental knowledge to assess and build an action plan which identifies and help’s bridge emotional gaps in the pupil.

We have one trained Thrive practitioner at George Hastwell School. Practitioners are specifically trained to support pupils 1:1 in therapeutic sessions as well as with whole groups.

Class Teachers are also trained to assess and deliver Thrive wellbeing sessions to their classes. The activities are usually play and art based tasks. The emphasis is on providing positive, descriptive feedback to children. Activities are based on the arts, unleashing children's creative talents and the ideas of cause and effect and problem solving.

Some activities

What is the impact for our pupils?

By working in this extremely focused way, the activities are designed to promote self-esteem, pupils to become more resilient and resourceful, form trusting and rewarding relationships, become more compassionate and empathic and learn strategies to support them to overcome difficulties and setbacks. It really makes a difference to their social and emotional abilities. The action plans are reviewed regularly to see the progress pupils have made.

What are the guiding principles of the Thrive approach?

There are four guiding principles of the Thrive Approach:

  • Every child is a unique person, constantly developing and learning in different ways and at different rates, each with his/her own abilities, talents and potential to be fulfilled.
  • Children’s healthy development, emotional well-being and learning are crucially dependent upon, and promoted through, positive relationships.
  • Children flourish when they are confident, self-assured, capable and resilient.
  • Children thrive in enabling environments, in which their individual development, learning experiences and needs are understood,
  • Responded to and supported through strong partnerships with parents/carers.

What is Thrive based upon?

Healthy development means a solid base. When there are gaps in a child’s emotional development due to issues around attachment, the base becomes unstable sometimes causing trauma. The Thrive approach helps with this.


For more information

The Thrive Approach Homepage

What really, is Empathy

What is the Drama Triangle and how can we change a sitaution

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