Amesbury CE Primary School


What is Thrive?

Thrive is a trauma-sensitive approach aimed at meeting the emotional and social developmental needs of children. Our lovely Thrive Practitioner, Mrs Meads, uses Thrive Online to assess the children she work with to identify their current developmental strand (see below). Miss Meads will then tailor an Action Plan (with strategies and suggested activities) to help support the child’s emotional and social needs.

The Thrive Approach is based on: 

  • Child Development Theory
  • Neuroscience research
  • Attachment Theory
  • Creativity and Play

The Thrive Model: Child Development Theory

The coloured strands represent different stages of development. Each stage follows on from the other sequentially, meaning that a child is not able to move onto the next stage of development until their needs are met in the current stage. The stages are as follows:

Being (the first stage of Thrive)



Power and Identity

Skills and Structure

Creativity and Play

Creativity and play are central to helping children to meet their developmental milestones within the Thrive Approach. Play promotes healthy brain development through the release of feel-good chemicals and the experience of positive emotions. This in turn leads to the development of positive relationships and the ability to meet the emotional and social needs of the children we work with.

Our Thrive Practitioner, Mrs Meads, conducts one-to-one and small group sessions to help support pupils with their social and emotional wellbeing and mental health. Please contact the Mrs Meads or Mrs C, our Pastoral Manager, via if you wish to find out more information. We also have Thrive leaflets available in the reception area. More information about the Thrive approach can be found at

Links for Parents