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Thrive at Hatfield

We have introduced a new approach to working with and supporting the emotional development and wellbeing of children in our school: The Thrive Approach.

Based on the latest research in neuro-science, child development and attachment theory, Thrive looks at how to best support a child’s ongoing development, helping them to successfully engage in life and learning. Thrive looks behind the behaviour of a child to give tailored support that meets their emotional and developmental needs.

Thrive is particularly beneficial for tackling challenging behaviour and supporting children dealing with issues such as bereavement; separation; moving home; or a family illness, to re-engage with life by developing resilience and social skills.

Positive, nurturing relationships are at the heart of Thrive. These relationships, together with play and creative activities, are used to give children key experiences at each different stage of their development. It is the repetition of these experiences and activities that underpins and promotes healthy emotional development, helping the children to:

  • feel good about themselves and know that they matter
  • increase their sense of security and trust
  • increase their emotional well-being
  • improve their capacity to be creative and curious
  • increase their self-esteem and confidence to learn
  • learn to recognise and regulate their feelings
  • learn to think before behaving in a certain way
  • …and much more.

At Hatfield, this is done through one-to-one and group interventions, but also as part of our everyday interactions with pupils.

Our Licensed Thrive Practitioner, Ms Pillay, is trained to assess the needs of the child. She develops and implements action plans for individuals and groups, in addition to working with class teachers and parents to effectively meet the emotional development needs of our children.



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