Children need to feel safe and happy at school in order to make progress in their lessons and to achieve well. We use the Thrive Approach across every class at Clapham Terrace to support the children as they learn to think about their emotions, choices and friendships so that they are able to develop into confident, skilful young people who enjoy learning and respect each other.
Every class is assessed by their teacher twice a year. This enables staff to plan PSHE lessons and circle time sessions that are personalised for the needs of their children. We also have highly skilled and experienced members of staff who have trained to become licensed Thrive Practitioners. The Thrive Practitioners support children who need more targeted intervention when something has knocked them off track emotionally or to improve their behaviour. Wherever possible the Practitioner will work alongside parents/carers and teachers to assess individual children and create individual action plans for both home and school.
The Thrive Approach applies the latest research about neuroscience, attachment, creativity, play and child development. Our sense of well-being relies on us being safe, feeling special and having our needs met. These things are the foundation of a good internal “stress management system,” meaning that we can be resilient and able to calm down quickly after experiencing powerful emotions rather than reacting explosively. Thrive Practitioners are specially trained to help children to express their feelings safely through arts and play, to recognise a range of emotions, to help develop a good stress management system and to support any child who needs to change their inappropriate or unsafe behaviours.
Mrs McArthur is the licensed Thrive Practitioner at Clapham Terrace. For more information, visit the Thrive Approach website.