Impact of Thrive evidenced in various independent studies

14th April 2021 | Impact Reports

The impact Thrive has on children and young people and the communities around them has been evidenced in a number of studies. These include:

  • Thrive helps to develop resilience in young people (Hart and Heaver 2015)
  • Staff using the Thrive Approach feel more equipped to manage behaviour and better able to support more vulnerable children (Office for Public Management 2013)
  • Thrive closes the gap for vulnerable children across a range of measures including attainment, behaviour, relationships, self-confidence and attendance (McGuire-Snieckus et al 2015).

Supplementary evaluations were carried out in 2018 and 2019 that further support these findings.


Schools that have adopted the Thrive Approach have reported many benefits. These include fewer disruptions in class, reduced exclusions and improved academic results.

The knock-on effect of this can be better parent-school relationships and improved staff morale.

The impact of Thrive has been picked up by Ofsted and Estyn during school inspections. Inspectors have commented on the use of Thrive to help manage behaviour more effectively, in particular when used for early intervention, helping students to become more open to learning.

The Department for Education is focused on supporting schools to build whole school environments and develop approaches within which all students can achieve their full potential.

A 2018 review of published policies and information - Mental health and wellbeing provision in schools - was commissioned in response to the Green Paper 'Transforming children and young people's mental health provision'. This review included Thrive as an initiative that supports and promotes positive mental health. (DfE 2018).

In addition to building a bank of case studies showing the impact of the Thrive Approach, Thrive is committed to a programme of ongoing research. One study by Thrive looked at the potential social return on investment (SROI). This research indicated that for every £1 spent, the short-term return was £9, rising to £16-22 over the longer term. (Courtney 2013).

  • To read more about the social return on investment (SROI) of Thrive, please click here [link to SROI Impact report]
  • To read about the context behind the Theory of Change for Thrive, please click here [link to ToC impact report]

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