Become a Thrive Licensed Practitioner

Are you ready to improve wellbeing, boost attendance, transform behaviour and increase pupils’ ability to learn?

If you’ve ever wondered whether this transformational course may be a fit, you’re in the right place.

Become a Thrive Licensed Practitioner


Over 15,000 people can’t be wrong

To date, we’ve trained 15,000+ Licensed Practitioners to positively impact the lives of young people –
with the side benefit of skyrocketing their personal and professional development, too.


Helen Durrington | Teaching Assistant &
Thrive Licensed Practitioner


Steven Portues | Pastoral Intervention Coordinator & Thrive Licensed Practitioner


Claire Clutterbuck | SENCO &
Thrive Licensed Practitioner


They did it, so can you!


Thrive Licensed Practitioner training

As a Thrive Licensed Practitioner, you’ll be empowered to supercharge your setting’s mental health and wellbeing provision.

Equipped with the knowledge and tools to take the lead on implementing a whole school approach, you can expect to see improvements in attendance, behaviour, attainment and staff wellbeing.

Using your free 3-month trial to Thrive-Online, you'll be able to assess pupils’ social and emotional skills, create targeted action plans and measure progress over time.

For those needing extra support, you’ll learn how best to help them develop the skills they’re missing and build positive relationships that make them feel safe, supported and ready to learn.

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Wise Price Guarantee

The training is ideal for educators and other professionals working with children and young people aged 0-25 years.

At a glance

  • Tailored courses available for professionals working with early years, primary and secondary-aged children and young people
  • Courses are a combination of live, virtual training sessions, e-learning modules and e-mentoring
  • Morning, afternoon and evening sessions are available
  • Prices start from £1,485 excluding VAT
  • Covered by Thrive’s Wise Investment Guarantee (if a Licensed Practitioner leaves a setting within 12 months of starting their course, we'll train another member of staff for free within 12 months of the original start date).


Be part of the movement

Over 795,000 children and young people currently benefit from the Thrive Approach. Begin your journey to becoming a Thrive Licensed Practitioner and join our mission to support millions of children and young people.

Elizabeth Leer

Elizabeth Leer | Headteacher, Early Years Thrive Licensed Practitioner at Rothesay Nursery School

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“Thrive is a constant reminder about how important it is to know about neuroscience and how children’s brains are developing, especially during the early years. We can almost be like brain surgeons because children’s brains are able to forge new connections and adapt. What we do here really is shaping children’s futures.”

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Tim Cook

Dr Tim Cook | Headteacher, Childhood Thrive Licensed Practitioner at Liskeard Hillfort School

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“In my professional opinion, you can’t progress more sophisticated things like phonics, reading and writing if a school is like the Wild West. Thrive’s principles and practices have helped us to identify individual needs and to respond accordingly so that our children feel settled and ready to learn.”

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Sam Strange

Samantha Strange | Personalised Learning Centre Manager, Adolescent Thrive Licensed Practitioner at Northfields School & Sports College

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“Thrive training exceeded my expectations and it has brought me huge benefits professionally and personally. It’s been an amazing journey that has completely transformed me. I would advise anyone thinking about starting Thrive training to go for it, for your own mental health and for professional satisfaction.”

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Hear from a panel of Thrive Licensed Practitioners

Four Licensed Practitioners discuss how and why to do the training.

Viv Trask-Hall

Viv Trask-Hall | Head of Innovation at Thrive

Helen Durrington

Helen Durrington | TA & Thrive Practitioner, Red Lane Primary School, Bolton

Jayne Curd

Jayne Curd | Senior Leader for Behaviour & Thrive Practitioner,
Meridian High School, London

Katie Viola

Katie Viola | Deputy Head & Thrive Practitioner, St Columba CofE Primary School, Fareham

Watch Thrive’s Viv Trask-Hall in discussion with qualified Licensed Practitioners as they dive into your questions, lift the lid on their unique experiences, share key training takeaways and talk about the impact of their investment on the communities they serve.

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Josh Harrison

Josh Harrison
Thrive Lead, Northcott School & Sixth Form College

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“I became a Licensed Practitioner to help pupils that struggle in a mainstream environment find a way of communicating their needs. Thrive started making a difference straight away and I’ve been able to reduce behavioural incidents by at least 50%.”

Steve Portues

Steven Portues
Pastoral Intervention Coordinator & Thrive Licensed Practitioner, Acklam Grange School.

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“I find the neuroscience side of Thrive fascinating and enjoy helping young people understand how their brains work. A young person I work with had very low confidence and self-esteem, now they’re unrecognisable – confident, social and excited about the future.”

Mair Holmes

Mair Holmes
Learning Support Assistant & Thrive Licensed Practitioner, Barry Island Primary School.

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“I’m able to deal with disruptive behaviour in a positive way and feel more confident guiding colleagues to do the same. Some children who had previously displayed disruptive behaviour have dramatically changed, becoming calm, productive members of their class.”

Ceri Totty

Ceri Totty
STF Manager, Teacher & Thrive Lead, Townhill Community School.

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“The training ignited a renewed passion in me and has helped enormously with my professional development. It truly was a lightbulb moment in my career. The school has transformed, with improved behaviour, attendance, pupil and staff wellbeing, and no exclusions.”

Kerry Nicholls - Thrive Licensed Practitioner

Kerry Nicholls
Thrive Licensed Practitioner, Delta Macaulay Academy.

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“Since using Thrive, attendance has greatly improved, there are less behaviour issues and the children are coming to school willing to learn and a lot happier. I feel a lot calmer too, I can cope with stressful situations better and I love going to work.”

Rhiannon Jones - Thrive Licensed Practitioner

Rhiannon Jones
Senior Manager & Thrive Licensed Practitioner, Shine (East Norfolk).

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“The Thrive Approach really fitted with my role and I became a Licensed Practitioner to help support my team and meet the needs of children, young people, families and the service. I have since become Senior Manager and believe Thrive is fully embedded in our provision.”

Patricia Scott - Pastoral Lead & Thrive Practitioner

Patricia Scott
Pastoral Lead & Thrive Practitioner, Little Mead Primary Academy.

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“We love Thrive - being able to correctly identify children’s emotional development needs has been a game changer. When I talk to parents with my ‘Thrive hat’ on they open up, feel listened to and are more likely to take my suggestions on board. In my opinion, this is as valuable as working with the child.”

Jo Richardson - Lead Practitioner

Jo Richardson
Lead Practitioner for Pastoral Progress, Northcott School &
Sixth Form College.

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“As a member of SLT, I wanted to change the ethos of the school to a trauma informed approach. We’ve embedded Thrive as a whole school approach so all our pupils benefit which has led to reduced behavioural incidents and improved attendance.”

Deborah Pearson

Debbie Pearson
Lead Thrive Practitioner, 
Hillcroft Primary School.

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“As soon as my school heard about Thrive they put me on the course. I was already an Elsa Support, but now I wouldn’t look back. We noticed a difference as soon as Thrive was introduced. The whole school is relaxed, calm and every child would be able to tell any visitor what Thrive has done for them.”


Seven reasons to embrace Thrive

Download our brochure to discover the benefits of Thrive, and share it with your Senior Leadership team.

It's a powerful tool to garner buy-in from those who steer the ship and pave the way for transformative initiatives.

In the brochure, you'll discover:

  • How Thrive's proactive approach helps prevent mental health problems.
  • The cost-saving benefits of lower rates of referrals to external agencies.
  • The wide-ranging impact of Thrive on children, young people, and staff wellbeing.


7 Reason to Embrace Thrive


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