How to create a sense of belonging


What is a sense of belonging and why is it important?


A sense of belonging can be defined as feeling supported, respected, accepted and included.

According to UCL Institute of Education, pupils with a sense of belonging at school tend to be happier, more confident and perform better academically. They are also more likely to choose to attend (and stay in) their learning environment throughout the year.

Here you will find a range of free resources to support you to create a sense of belonging in your setting. From an on-demand webinar recording exploring how to quickly create a sense of belonging, to an in-depth guide on tackling low attendance. Plus, useful podcasts and blogs full of actionable tips and advice.




How to quickly create a sense of belonging

In this webinar, Thrive's Viv Trask-Hall introduces you to the importance of understanding attachment theory and suggests simple approaches you can adopt to help pupils quickly settle in or reconnect, feel motivated and ready to learn.

What you'll learn:

  • Ways to establish rules, routines and boundaries with pupils
  • The back-to-school challenges pupils typically grapple with and how to overcome them
  • Tips for encouraging pupils through the school gates and supporting them to stay in school

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How to quickly create a sense of belonging




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How to build trusting and open relationships with parents and carers

Learn how good relationships between home and school can help create a sense of belonging.

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What pupils, parents and teachers think about Thrive's impact on attendance

Hear from educators, parents and pupils as they share their experiences of Thrive and the difference it has made.

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Fostering a sense of belonging - Tips from Thrive’s community on settling in after a break

Discover tips for supporting pupils to quickly settle in or reconnect with staff and peers after a break.

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How to re-establish rules and routines after school breaks

Rules, routines and boundaries are key to fostering a sense of belonging. This blog discusses how to re-establish rules and routines after school breaks.

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Being in school matters: Your guide to tackling low attendance

Discover how to initiate sustainable change and practical tips to improve attendance rates in schools and settings.

Download the guide to discover:

  • Why attendance is important and the latest attendance stats
  • Thrive's three recommendations to implement sustainable change
  • Practical tips and suggestions for use in schools and settings

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Being in school matters: your guide to tackling low attendance



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