The benefits of Thrive

The Thrive Approach has evolved over the last 25 years, providing those who work with children and young people with the knowledge, skills and tools to optimise social and emotional development, focusing on the relationship with the child or young person.

Thrive benefits individuals, transforms settings and delivers improvements in children's behaviour, leading to better engagement and attainment.

Benefit One

Experience the personal and professional rewards of helping children and young people to regulate their own behaviour and learn about their emotions.

Benefit Two

Reduce exclusions and improve attendance and achievement levels by helping children and young people to engage with education.

Benefit Three

Strengthen links with parents and carers by offering Family Thrive courses to ensure a joined-up approach to supporting children and young people’s emotional and social needs.

Thrive benefits individuals who undergo training, as it allows them to achieve recognition and status as a Thrive Licensed Practitioner, following the completion of training courses, improving practice and development of a network of like-minded professionals to inspire and support.

Thrive events such as conferences and local networking meetings mean that training stays current, with plenty of opportunities to gain insights into new developments.

Discover the impact of Thrive

This video showcases case studies from a few schools Thrive works with. See the short and long-term impact of Thrive on different settings and how it benefits staff, students, and the wider community.

For your organisation, having Thrive-trained professionals will result in noticeable improvements in children’s behaviour, meaning that they can engage better with learning and reach attainment targets.

Exclusions are reduced, allowing children to reach their potential and fully participate in the curriculum. Settings that have embedded Thrive across their organisation report increased staff morale and well-being, with senior leaders able to focus on strategic decision-making, rather than on reactive behaviour management.

In addition, there are financial advantages to schools that align themselves with other Thrive settings. Because Thrive has courses designed for families, it also helps to strengthen the relationship between parents/carers and schools so that pupils benefit from a consistent approach to relationships and communication.

How does Thrive benefit different age groups?

Thrive offers a dynamic, developmental approach that draws on established neuroscience and child development. This means all children and young people can benefit - from early years to adolescence.

Early Years


The Thrive Approach in early years helps babies and young children develop healthy, secure attachments and provides the foundations for emotional resilience and healthy stress regulation. Ensuring children have an emotionally healthy start to life can help them in becoming confident, curious, creative and capable individuals.

With Thrive training, early years practitioners can meet children’s emotional needs at the age-appropriate stage, or retrospectively, ensuring firm foundations for life and learning.

The benefits of Thrive in the early years

  • Creates a secure foundation for life and learning
  • Supports optimal social and emotional development for all babies and young children
  • Supports transitions, separations and times of emotional stress on a one-to-one basis
  • Provides practical strategies to support babies and young children that can be implemented quickly
  • Profiles social and emotional developmental needs and creates personalised action plans using Thrive-Online
  • Promotes partnership between early years professionals, parents, carers and guardians.


Using the Thrive Approach during childhood helps to support the optimal social and emotional development of all children. It also enables you to work in a targeted way with pupils who may have experienced interruptions in their development at an earlier stage, helping them to become ready for learning.

Drawing on insights from neuroscience, attachment theory and child development, the Thrive Approach uses a positive relational stance with children, through play, creativity and the arts, to help them make the most of their learning opportunities.

The benefits of Thrive in childhood

  • Offers simple changes to the way you work that will make a lasting difference to children
  • Provides practical strategies and activities to support optimal social and emotional development
  • Profiles emotional and social skills and creates personalised action plans for individuals who struggle to access learning
  • Helps vulnerable or distressed children to feel safe, special and able to engage with learning
  • Provides simple and effective ways to help reduce exclusions and increase productive learning and achievement.


Understanding how the teenage brain develops can help everyone – teachers, parents and carers, and young people themselves – cope better with adolescence.

Young people experience a burst in brain development, a changing body and challenging transitions as they progress on their journey to adulthood. This phase of development offers an amazing window of opportunity to help them become more emotionally resilient and open to learning.

The Thrive Approach enables you to seize the opportunities of adolescence and create a safe and emotionally healthy environment for the young people in your setting. As a licensed practitioner, you will be equipped with the skills to help young people, and your colleagues, understand and respond appropriately to the ups and downs of adolescence.

The benefits of Thrive in adolescence

  • Provides an in-depth understanding of adolescent brain development and the impact this can have on wellbeing and behaviour
  • Helps young people understand the changes happening in their brains and bodies during adolescence
  • Offers right-time and reparative support for adolescent social and emotional development
  • Provides action plans that can be implemented to support the needs of students who struggle to access learning
  • Creates an environment where students and staff can feel safe, supported and able to thrive.
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