Special Schools

Adopting the Thrive Approach at a special school delivers significant positive changes allowing children and young people that have unique needs to feel supported, better equipped to manage their emotions and positive about learning.

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Understanding and meeting needs

All children and young people have different needs and many pupils in special schools may have previously had negative experiences of education that can result in issues with distressed behaviour and attendance.

Embedding Thrive across a special school setting enables pupils to feel safe and able to engage with learning.

In practice, Thrive in special school settings can include morning briefings, targets and strategies for learners with individual needs, breaks for physical activity and establishing a dedicated Thrive room where children can relax and express themselves.

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Your Special School'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.

Special School 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 Special Schools

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


Start your journey with Thrive

If you're ready to improve attendance, behaviour & attainment, click here or the button below 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.