What is the Thrive Approach?

At Northdown, we focus not only on education but on the emotional wellbeing and happiness of our children. The Thrive Approach is based on the latest research into brain development, child development theory and attachment theory. Our team of qualified Thrive practitioners deliver reparative sessions in one-to-one or small group settings after an initial screening of all children.

Children are provided with positive experiences tailored to them in a safe, secure setting to promote social and emotional development. The aim is to help children build positive relationships with adults and their peers and reinforce good mental health.

Our Thrive practitioners also lead on the implementation of Thrive sessions in every classroom which are bespoke to each class’s needs and promote the key social skills of communication and interaction.

More information on the Thrive Approach can be found at

The Family Nurture course has been very informative and enjoyable. There are a lot of things that have made sense and helped us understand ourselves and our children


Parent to a Year 1 and 3 pupil

The Family Nurture course has made me feel more hopeful and taken a few barriers away between me and my children. Understanding the science behind their thought processes has been really useful


Mum to a Year 4 pupil

It’s fun and other children make me laugh.


Year 2

It’s fun because we get to play and talk about our families.


Year 4

Do you remember when I made wrong behaviour choices before I came to Thrive? I didn’t like school but now I do.


Year 5

I like Thrive because Miss Dyer helps me when I’m sad. If I have an argument with my friends, she helps me fix it.


Year 6

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