Leading Emotionally Healthy Secondary Schools

This training is for senior leaders of secondary settings with students aged 11 to 18 at Key Stages 3 to 5. The focus is on how we can harness the opportunities presented at adolescence when young people experience a burst of neuronal growth to promote mental wellbeing and their ability to learn.

Key Information
  • Equips you with the strategic knowledge and understanding needed to support students’ development and take a whole-setting approach to social and emotional wellbeing
  • Each course is structured into 4 virtual training sessions, each 3 hours long

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Course Information

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Course overview

As teenagers begin to transition from childhood through adolescence to adulthood, those working alongside them can optimise this window of opportunity to build emotional resilience and support learning.

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 upskilling your team with the latest thinking around emotional resilience and engaging 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. Adolescence is a period of brain remodelling as young people move from being a generalist (child) to a specialist (adult). We explain why young people feel emotions more intensely, connect differently with their peers, seek rewards and try new ways of doing things while pushing back, and how they create new ways of being in the world. We explore how the brain development during adolescence 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 Secondary Schools 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 four virtual training sessions will give you a clear understanding of the Thrive development model, the adolescent brain and its development, and show you how to apply this to support age-appropriate and reparative 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 young people are in their social and emotional development and identify strategies and action plans that will meet their needs. Key aspects of Thrive-Online are the monitoring and measuring features, 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 within a secondary setting.

Suitable for

The Leading Emotionally Healthy Secondary Schools 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.

If sessions need to be rearranged for any other reason, the first rearrangement is free 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 2022. 



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
  • the adolescent changes to the brain and body, and the impact of these on teenagers’ behaviour
  • 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 four three-hour virtual training sessions, covering:

  • Session 1 – Strategically getting started with Thrive, enabling discovery and sharing insight.
  • Session 2 – Supporting all staff to understand rupture and repair in relationships and use PACE, the Vital Relational Functions and Thrive-Online.
  • Session 3 – Understanding the world of adolescents.
  • Session 4 – Being the source of real change - embedding Thrive across your setting and exploring models of implementation.

Course outcomes

By the end of this 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 who will become your Thrive leads.

 Contact us to discuss how the Thrive Approach can help you