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Thrive and Nurture

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  • What is the Thrive Approach?

    Children cannot always put their needs into words, but the way children behave can tell us a lot about how they are feeling. In the old days children who were finding life hard were sometimes given harmful labels, like ‘naughty’ or ‘very shy’.

    The Thrive Approach draws on the latest research -from current neuroscience, recent attachment research, current studies of effective learning and current models of child development – in order to help the school to understand the needs being signalled by children’s behaviour. It gives us targeted strategies and activities to help them re-engage with learning and life. You can find out more:


  • Why do we need Thrive?

    Unfortunately, like all of us at some point in our lives, children may face challenges that knock them off course. What is needed then is understanding and support to get them back on track. Many children will respond to the care, understanding and support given by parents, family, friends and teachers. However, some children need a little bit of extra support.

  • What makes Charlotte a Thrive school?

    At Charlotte we don’t consider Thrive to be an intervention for just a few children done in the Space Room, we consider it to be a whole-school approach. We all believe that all behaviour is communication, that that communication needs to be understood and supported – not “dealt with”. Thrive feeds into everything we do; celebration assemblies, getting to know everyone and their families, sharing all achievements not just academic ones, celebrating our diversity and our collective spirit.

  • What extra support can Charlotte offer?

    Children who need a little bit of extra help are identified through our Thrive work in school, by class teachers, or through communication with families or outside agencies. For some children there may be an obvious reason why they need a bit of extra support. This might be bereavement, family break down or an identified medical condition. For others, there can be no obvious trigger as to why they are finding some aspects of school and/or home life difficult.

    Working closely with parents and class teachers, our Thrive team carry out full reviews of identified children’s social, emotional and behavioural needs. This helps us to build a bespoke Thrive Action Plan of activities to support their needs.

    The children's needs will either be met in the classroom during Thrive time with classteachers, in 1:1 sessions with our fully trained Thrive practitioners or in our Nurture group led my Mrs Trowbridge, our Lead Thrive Practitioner, in the Space Room. School will always inform parent's if children are taking part in Nurture sessions or 1:1 Thrive session.

  • What is Nurture Group?

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