Benton Dene Schools

Benton Dene Schools

What is Thrive?
The Thrive Approach attempts to help adults understand children’s behaviours through communication.

It was developed by using various disciplines, such as: neuroscience, attachment research, studies of effective learning and various models of child development. It is an integrated approach, that is crucial in order to provide one model that is systematic, dynamic and relevant in helping adults respond to specific individual emotional needs.

If children have been thrown emotionally off track, Thrive helps adults understand their needs, providing targeted strategies and activities to help them re-engage and aid their learning experience.

By using the Thrive Approach we can:

  • Help a child get ready to learn
  • Enhance their learning
  • Build positive relationships between both adults and peers
  • Improve attainment

“Pausing a moment between an impulse and an action is a life tool.
Developing this strength helps a child physiologically and emotionally.
But it’s a strength that must be learnt—we are not born with it!”
Dr Bruce Perry

Benefits of Thrive

Repetition of Thrive activities supports children’s development, ensuring that they:

  • Feel good about themselves
  • Increase their sense of security and trust
  • Increase their 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

Benton Dene School Licensed Thrive Practitioners

Mrs Nadia Preston

Miss Joe McKenzie

Mrs Justine Knott

Miss Victoria Houston