The Impact of the Thrive Approach

“It is not too strong to say that the more you embed Thrive in your settings, and the more confident you get about it, you are extending children’s lives.”

– Dr Suzanne Zeedyk on the impact of the Thrive Approach


Our Forging New Connections conference series was a great success this year, with six events taking place across the UK featuring Keynote speeches from Dr Suzanne Zeedyk and Jane Evans. To find out more about 2019’s dates, click here.

Suzanne is passionate about the potential of our Approach to positively influence the lives of children and young people. Thrive’s message is one of hope, giving people working with vulnerable children practical tools and resources to support positive social and emotional wellbeing.

Watch our brand new video, featuring our Chief Operating Officer, Paula Holbrook, and Suzanne, explaining the way in which Thrive can transform your setting into one in which children feel safe, confident, and ready to learn.


How does Thrive work?

Thrive-Online and Thrive training provide adults with the tools, insights and skills needed to help children catch up on any interruptions or gaps they may have as a result of adverse challenges in childhood. Thrive-Online delivers a comprehensive way of measuring and monitoring children’s progress; evaluating outcomes and helping them to better deal with life’s ups and downs. Evidence has shown that the Thrive Approach helps staff feel more equipped to manage behaviour.

The Thrive Approach draws from the fields of neuroscience, attachment theory, transactional analysis, child development and creativity, play and the arts; providing age appropriate strategies and activities for early years, childhood and adolescence.

The Impact of the Thrive Approach

The Approach is currently available to more than 300,000 children and young people across the UK, with training aimed at anybody with a supportive and positive relationship with children, including staff in education; social care and healthcare settings; early years’ organisations; community groups; social enterprises; local authorities; looked after children and family services; parents and foster carers.

One partnership with this supportive and positive role to play is Brighter Futures Nurture outreach service. They implemented Thrive in 2014 to assess, plan, do and review nurture interventions. In a recent project evaluation, the service was shown to close the gap for vulnerable children  (McGuire Snieckus, Bath Spa University, 2018), reporting the following outcomes:

– Significant improvement in strengths and difficulties questionnaire assessment: emotional symptoms, peer relationships, conduct, attention and pro-social behaviour

– Significant improvements in behaviour indices: attendance, managing feelings, listening and attentions, managing relationships, understanding and self-confidence

– Academic attainment, maths, reading, writing, and speaking scores significantly improved post-training, closing the attainment gap for this vulnerable group.

Contact us

We’re always keen to chat to you about the impact of the Thrive Approach. Please click here to find the contact details of those at Thrive HQ who are best placed to help you visualise the potential of Thrive in your school or setting.