Impact and Research

Explore the impact Thrive has on settings and schools across the UK through a range of case studies, impact reports and testimonials.

You can also explore the research and theory behind the Thrive Approach, developed and refined over 25 years.

Improving pupil outcomes for over 25 years

We imagine you’re on this page because you’re curious about Thrive and want to know if it really makes a difference to the lives of children, young people, and the range of stakeholders who engage with Thrive. In this section of the site we will continue to add a range of case studies, research and evidence that gives you the confidence that Thrive really works.

Learn more about the impact of Thrive and the research behind the Thrive Approach


An investment worth making

An independent study looking into the social return on investment of the Thrive Approach estimates that between £7.70 and £9.06 of value for society is generated for every £1 invested in its implementation.

When longer‐term outcomes are taken into account ‐ including reductions in social and emotional problems later in life as a result of exposure to Thrive in childhood ‐ the potential social return rises to between £16.50 and £22.00 for every £1 invested in Thrive.

As part of the independent study, a series of interviews aimed to draw out the various contexts, nuances and outcomes relating to the implementation of Thrive. This process facilitated the development of a ‘Theory of Change’ for Thrive comprising a detailed analysis of the various outcomes as they occur over time. This research proved integral to understanding the value of Thrive to schools and settings as well as society, and in turn the development of the ‘Theory of Change’ for Thrive.  Outcomes were identified for four main groups of stakeholders. 

Click on the titles & headings below to reveal the outcomes


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  • Increased self-awareness
  • Empowerment
  • Common understanding
  • Reduced class disruption

  • Improved relationships
  • Personnel and skills development
  • Impoved strategies and systems in place to support, develop and strengthen behaviours for learning
  • More effective specialist provision


  • Secure sense of belonging
  • Improved emotional resilience
  • Better access to and engagement in learning
  • Fewer permanent exclusions

  • Improved educational attainment
  • Reduced substance abuse and self-harming
  • Reduction in teenage pregnancies and young offenders
  • Improved mental health


  • Improved well-being and quality of family life
  • Increased tolerance between siblings
  • Increased skills to support child’s education
  • Improved adult relationships

  • Positive impacts on future parenting
  • Reduced pressure on family support services
  • Reduction in depression and poor mental health
  • Reduced transmission of social and emotional problems


  • Common understanding and language across sectors
  • Emphasis on most needy referrals
  • Improved management of vulnerable and challenging children and young people

  • More links and cooperation between organisations
  • Reduced breakdown of adoption and foster care
  • Reduced number of children in residential care

To learn more about the outcomes of Thrive for the four stakeholder groups please click here 

To learn about the context behind the Theory of Change for Thrive please click here 

To learn more about the social return on investment (SROI) of Thrive please click here 


"Thrive is the first time I have seen Attachment Theory translated into very doable, practical things, something really accessible which says, lets not fuss too much about what kind of attachment disorder it is, lets just accept that what this child needs is a close relationship; here’s how you do that in the context of your setting and here are some practical strategies. That has been the big difference!"


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