What Is Thrive?

All the schools in the Old Buckenham Cluster are adopting an approach called ‘Thrive’. Thrive supports children with their emotional health, well-being and social skills, all of which are needed for learning to take place. Thrive is based on up to date brain science and research into child development and helps staff in school to adapt their approach to individual children to build self-esteem, well-being and behaviour.

The Thrive approach begins with a whole class, computerised screening, where teachers answer a series of questions about each child in the class. All staff will have received training to support with the delivery of the Thrive programme. The computer programme then identifies any children who would benefit from a more detailed assessment, which in turn suggests ideas, activities and strategies to support the individual child. You can find out more about Thrive at or please pick up a leaflet at the school reception/office.

As a cluster we believe that this approach can be of huge benefit to all our children and so we will carry out Thrive Screenings in all our schools. Permission will be part of the home school agreement. We will of course let you know of any concerns revealed by the screening and you will be fully consulted and involved in any follow-up activities. Sometimes it may be useful to share the results with other agencies.

Across the cluster we have ‘lead’ members of staff to support with the delivery of this approach in our schools.

Please feel free to contact the school if you have any queries.