Whole School Approach to Mental Health and Wellbeing


What is a whole school approach to mental health and wellbeing?

A whole school approach to mental health and wellbeing is a collaborative effort to improve outcomes for children and young people.

It involves identifying and addressing the needs of pupils, staff and the wider community and creating an environment that removes barriers to learning.

In line with Public Health England’s 8 principles of a whole school approach, Thrive provides expert training and an online tool that will empower you to not only promote mental health and wellbeing, but improve behaviour, attendance and attainment throughout your setting.


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Thrive in Action

Whether you’re interested in exploring Thrive theory, curious about what the Approach looks like in practice, or on the fence about whether we’re a fit for your setting, these free webinars have got you covered.

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Book a discovery call

If you’re curious about Thrive or ready to join the 75,000+ educators already impacting the lives of children and young people by teaching social and emotional skills, schedule a Discovery Call with a member of the team.

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5 simple steps to a whole school approach


1. Develop the skills and knowledge to use Thrive

Individual and whole staff training will ensure everyone understands the principles and language of Thrive and how to embed it as a whole school initiative. Training includes: Leading Emotionally Healthy Settings, Licensed Practitioner Training and a Whole School Induction.


2. Identify social and emotional needs using Thrive-Online

Profile groups, classes and individuals to see where they are in their social and emotional development and create action plans for those who need additional support. Learn more about Thrive-Online.


3. Implement targeted action plans

Choose practical strategies and activities to help your pupils manage their behaviour, build emotional resilience and become more open to learning.


4. Monitor progress and review action plans

Track the difference Thrive is making and share progress easily with key stakeholders. Make data-informed decisions and adjust action plans to ensure the best outcomes.


5. Enhance your practice with the support of Thrive experts

Take advantage of the comprehensive package of support available to Thrive members – from free Network Meetings, to weekly Supervision Sessions and personal support calls.

Who should lead a whole
school approach?

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A whole school approach is most effective when it is championed and role modelled by the leadership team from the top down.

The Department for Education is encouraging schools and colleges to identify a Senior Mental Health Lead who is responsible for overseeing their setting’s whole school or college approach.

Thrive offers DfE quality-assured training for Senior Mental Health Leads which is fully funded for schools and colleges in England.

I’d like to implement a whole school/setting approach - where do I start?

There are simple routes to implementing a whole school or setting approach to wellbeing - select your organisation type to explore the best route for you. 

Early Years

Early Years

Even from the very earliest stage of a child’s educational development, Thrive helps to support social and emotional wellbeing.

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Primary Schools

Primary Schools

The Thrive Approach helps primary settings make the most of pupil’s learning opportunities – helping to manage distressed behaviour and reduce exclusions.

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Secondary Schools

Secondary Schools & Colleges

Adopting the Thrive Approach throughout secondary settings delivers significant positive changes allowing you to connect to your pupils, help them understand changes in their brains and bodies, and manage their emotions.

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Special Schools

Special Schools

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

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Pupil Referral Units

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.

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