How to build meaningful connections with pupils

3rd February 2023| Blogs

Let's Connect

Building strong, positive relationships is central to the Thrive Approach as it helps children and young people feel safe, supported and ready to learn.

Doing activities together, such as boardgames, sensory play and arts and crafts, can act as a vehicle for pupils to get the key relational experiences they need for their social and emotional development. These experiences help them to develop a healthy sense of self – their personality traits, likes and dislikes, and how they view the world – as well as the skills needed to understand their emotions and manage their behaviour.


Top tips for activities that build connection

In these three short videos, Thrive Licensed Practitioners from early years, primary and secondary settings share their top tips for activities that can help you connect with the children and young people you work with.

Press play to discover:

  • Why connection is so important when working with children and young people
  • Activities that can help to create strong and authentic connections
  • What adults can do if these connections are ruptured

Building relationships with young children

Yvonne Janes, Family Worker at Rothesay Nursery School

Connecting with primary-aged children

Kerry Baggott, the SEN Lead for Social, Emotional and Mental Health at Hagley Primary School



Making meaningful connections with adolescents

Holly Wilkie, Senco at Tuition Extra



Over to you

If you’d like to build positive relationships and take attendance, behaviour and attainment to the next level in your setting, click here to book a Discovery Call with your regional expert. Designed to fit in around your schedule, these free 30-minute conversations via Teams give you a chance to have your questions answered, decide if our service is a fit for your needs, and identify if you qualify for a £1,200 DfE grant to spend in your setting.


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