Alternative Provisions & Pupil Referral Units

Embedding the Thrive Approach across a pupil referral unit ensures all staff know what to do in response to students’ distressed behaviour, that is often communicating varying and complex social and emotional needs.

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Building emotional safety

Many children and young people arrive at pupil referral units in a time of crisis, having faced one or more permanent exclusions and negative experiences of education

Thrive enables staff to assess the social and emotional skills of young people quickly and effectively, ensuring they can respond in the right way. Targeted support and action plans can be put in place almost immediately, with tailored strategies and activities that meet the needs of the individual student.

Thrive also gives adults the resources to keep themselves emotional healthy in challenging situations.

Thrive-Online can be used in pupil referral unit settings to track and monitor the progress of each young person, providing clear evidence of their development to external agencies. This information also helps staff clearly communicate the needs of their students and the specific support they require.

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Your Pupil Referral Unit's Journey

Start your Thrive journey today by joining over 2800 settings in the UK already using Thrive to improve the emotional wellbeing and attainment of the children and young people in their setting.

To begin, just:

1 - Pick your preferred route to embed Thrive   2 - Schedule a discovery call    3 - Start your journey towards whole school wellbeing and improved learning.

The two routes below allow you to implement Thrive in your setting as a whole school approach.

Pupil Referral Unit Thrive Journey

Route 1 - Strategic

Route 1 is the recommended approach to thoughtfully embed Thrive throughout the school, championed and role modelled by the Leadership team from the top down.

This option gives the best possible start for a school-wide implementation of Thrive.

Price on application


Route 2 - Rapid

Route 2 allows for rapid, ground up, school-wide Thrive implementation to swiftly tackle challenges around student wellbeing, behaviour, absence, or attainment.

Embedding Thrive from the bottom up ensures frontline staff receive training as a top priority.

Price on application


Senior Mental Health Lead

Have one staff member join our DfE funded Senior Mental Health Lead training to gain the strategic perspective and understanding needed to embed a right-time, whole-setting approach to promoting emotional wellbeing and preventing mental health issues (free for 1 delegate).

DfE funding available



Benefits for Pupil Referral Units

  • Improved attendance
  • Stress reduction for pupils and staff
  • Ability to understand children and young people’s needs through behaviour
  • Improved readiness to learn
  • Stress regulation systems that young people can learn and use
  • Tailored strategies and action plans for pupils’ healthy emotional development (for individual pupils and groups)
  • Knowledge and skills necessary to respond to distressed behaviour

Start your journey with Thrive

If you're ready to improve attendance, behaviour & attainment, click here to schedule a 30-minute Discovery Call with a member of the team. These calls are designed to fit in around your schedule, to give you an opportunity to have your questions answered and establish whether or not our service is a good fit. Our Relationship Managers won't sell to you, but they will let you know if they think we can help.