4 sessions
Costs from: £549
1 event scheduled

Course overview

This virtual training course will provide you, as a senior or middle leader, with a strategic overview of the Thrive Approach. It will help you to consider how best to develop a whole-setting wellbeing programme while enhancing your team’s knowledge with the latest thinking around emotional resilience and engaging children and young people with their learning. It will explore how you can create a culture and environment that facilitate the wellbeing of both students and staff.

Understanding how the brain develops during childhood presents incredible opportunities to support students as they grow. Grounded with insights from established neuroscience, attachment theory and child development, the Thrive Approach enables your team to seize these opportunities and meet the social and emotional needs of all students, with no one slipping through the net.

Our Leading Emotionally Healthy Primary Schools (English) course will equip you with the strategic knowledge and understanding needed to support students’ development and take a whole-setting approach to social and emotional wellbeing. The intensive virtual training sessions will introduce you to the Approach, give you a clear understanding of the Thrive child development model, and show you how to apply this to support age-appropriate social and emotional learning across your setting.

The sessions will demonstrate how Thrive-Online, our profiling and action-planning tool, can be used to identify where children are in their social and emotional development and identify strategies and action plans that will meet their needs. Of particular importance are the monitoring and measuring features of Thrive-Online which can be used to evaluate the impact of Thrive, while also helping you to target limited resources where they are needed most.

Our experienced course leaders will explore how you can strategically embed Thrive across your setting, building this into the everyday curriculum, routines and structures. You will be provided with the support and resources needed to introduce Thrive to your team and implement a whole-setting approach to wellbeing.

Suitable for

The Leading Emotionally Healthy Primary Schools (English) course is ideal for Heads, Assistant Heads, Deputy Heads, Governors and senior or middle leaders with responsibility for pastoral support, safeguarding, special educational needs and the SEMH curriculum.

The course is highly recommended for settings new to Thrive as well as those looking for further guidance on embedding the Approach as a whole-setting programme for wellbeing.

If you need to reschedule your course attendance because you have Covid or have to isolate, the first rearrangement is free, a subsequent rearrangement will incur an admin fee of £50 plus VAT and any further rescheduling will be charged at £100 plus VAT.

For settings that would like to commission a face-to-face training session, there is a flat rate charge of £300 per trainer per day (or part thereof) plus VAT.

Please note prices are for courses starting on or after 1 September 2021. 


Course content

During the virtual training sessions, you will explore:

  • the links between social and emotional development and maximising learning potential to raise standards of achievement
  • appropriate expectations of behaviour at ‘right-time’ development stages and how to support the development of these
  • how Thrive-Online is used to screen, action plan and measure whole groups and individuals
  • the interpretation of Thrive-Online data to evidence progress and demonstrate the impact of the Thrive Approach for a range of audiences
  • the impact of existing policies and procedures on the social and emotional development of students
  • developing a whole-school, trauma-sensitive approach to support the social and emotional health of all students in your setting.

Course structure

The course is structured into 4 virtual training sessions, each 3 hours long:

  • Session 1 – strategically using Thrive underpinning theory to the benefit of all pupils.
  • Session 2 – supporting all staff to understand and use PACE, the Vital Relational Functions and Thrive-Online.
  • Session 3 – understanding how to develop social and emotional skills for pupils aged 3-7 and for those aged 7-11.
  • Session 4 – embedding Thrive across your setting and exploring different models of implementation.

Course outcomes

By the end of the course, you will have a strategic overview of how the Thrive Approach can support the social and emotional development of all students (and staff) in your setting. You will have a vision for how best to create the culture and environment that facilitates wellbeing and will also have identified the key members of your team that will become your Thrive leads.


Where can I find upcoming Thrive training in my area?

All Thrive training is now delivered by our experienced Thrive trainers using a mix of live webinars, e-learning sessions and e-mentoring. On the Thrive training pages you can find dates for courses running throughout the year. We also have a team of regional Relationship Managers who are happy to help – meet the regional team here.

Can I complete Thrive training as an individual or do I need to be part of an organisation?

To become a Thrive Licensed Practitioner you will need to be working with children on a regular basis and be able to carry out Thrive-Online assessments to pass the course. We recommend volunteering at a school if this is not possible in your current role.

To talk through our training courses and to discuss funding options, contact our Relationship Development team on 01392 797555 or

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