Childhood Licensed Practitioner

This course will revolutionise how you view behaviour. You will learn how to identify pupils’ social and emotional needs and create targeted action plans to remove barriers to learning.


At a glance

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Course duration

14 sessions

Delivery method

Delivery method

Virtual AM, PM or evening sessions

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Price per place

£1595 excl. VAT

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Course Outcomes

Thrive Licensed Practitioner training empowers you to actively develop the emotional wellbeing and resilience of all the children you work with. Successful completion of this course leads to Thrive Childhood Licensed Practitioner status.

You’ll learn how to equip children with vital social and emotional skills that will help them to effectively cope with stress, overcome adversity, and build their confidence and self-esteem. You’ll explore how to help children better understand and manage their emotions, so they can bounce back from challenges rather than becoming overwhelmed (which can lead to shut down or explosive behaviour). This also has a positive impact on attendance, learning outcomes and staff wellbeing.

Thrive Licensed Practitioner training will give you:

  • The tools to identify children with under-developed social and emotional skills
  • Practical strategies to help form strong relationships and provide positive experiences that shape behaviour
  • The knowledge to work with children whose social and emotional development has been interrupted, to build their skills and strengthen their stress regulation systems
  • A calm, motivated group of children who are ready to engage with life and learning

What’s included in the training and how is it delivered?

  • 3 months’ live, interactive online training with experienced Thrive experts
  • Individual feedback and support to complete the course
  • E-learning modules full of additional theory, videos, resources and opportunities to connect with other delegates
  • Mentoring on your case loads by Thrive specialists
  • Advice, guidance and clear steps to take with children who are causing you concern
  • A 100-page Thrive Delegate Reference Manual to keep and refer back to after your course
  • Access to networks of Thrive Licensed Practitioners to share best practice with and gain advice


Who is it for?

This course is ideal for anyone working closely with primary school aged children in a teaching, healthcare or social care role. It is particularly beneficial to professionals with pastoral responsibilities, including safeguarding, special educational needs, SEMH education or a tutor role.

Please note: Prices are for courses starting on or after 1 September 2023. Price also includes Thrive membership, professional licensing on successful completion of the course, plus two CPD webinars in your first year.

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.” 

Specific requirements: This is a practical, hands-on course that gives you tools and techniques to put into action along the way. For you to be able to apply the skills you learn, and to be professionally licensed, you will need to be working with children over a period of time. Evidence of this is needed to become qualified. Full attendance is also required to gain Licensed status.

Face-to-face training: For settings that would like to commission a face-to-face training session, there is a flat rate charge of £450 per trainer per day (or part thereof) plus VAT.

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.

Thrive-Online: This course includes a free 3-month trial of Thrive-Online, our award-winning assessment, action-planning and progress-monitoring tool.

Retaining your licence: If you wish to retain your Thrive Licensed Practitioner status beyond year one, you will need to be connected to a setting with a Thrive-Online subscription and complete two CPD courses per annum.


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.”

Kerry Nicholls. Thrive Licensed Practitioner, Delta Macaulay Academy.



What you'll learn

During the virtual training sessions, you'll explore:

  • The development and functioning of the brain and nervous system
  • The six developmental stages of social and emotional development
  • The principles of attachment theory
  • Key strategies for building supportive relationships
  • The role of the arts, play and creativity in supporting social and emotional development
  • How fear, anger, loss, change, separation, bereavement and joy can interrupt learning
  • Instruction and practice in using Thrive-Online to assess and create targeted action plans for whole groups and individual children, and measure progress

Course structure

The course is structured into 12 virtual training sessions, each 3 hours long, along with 2 e-learning modules and 2 e-mentoring sessions:

Session 1: Introducing the Thrive Approach
Session 2: Emotions, why they matter and Being
Session 3: Relationships and how they can get in the way
Session 4: Learning about Doing and Thinking
Session 5: Power and Identity, hooks and triggers
Session 6: Relationships and Skills and Structure

E-mentoring session 1

Session 7: Understanding behaviour
Session 8: Deepening practice
Session 9: Being the source of real change
Session 10: Understanding fear and anger as interruptions to learning

E-mentoring session 2

Session 11: Understanding loss and change as interruptions to learning
Session 12: Joy, success and becoming a Thrive Licensed Practitioner


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