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The Thrive Approach is a dynamic, developmental and trauma-sensitive approach. It is informed by recognised neuroscience, child development theory and research . A creative, bespoke, structured and measurable online programme.


Family THRIVE is a holistic support for the whole family, foster & carer unit. Tuition Extra is  able to support the adults around our children and young people by offering regular Family Thrive workshops with our highly experienced Family Thrive lead.

The THRIVE Approach

Thrive is a dynamic, developmental and trauma-sensitive approach. It is informed by recognised neuroscience, child development theory and research. Tuition Extra’s personalised and flexible approach encompasses therapeutic provision alongside education. As a wrap-around service, our professionals are trained in the THRIVE Approach to help pupils to regulate their behaviour and learn about their emotions, to be better equipped to deal with life’s ups and downs. The THRIVE Approach understands the importance of learning to regulate emotions. Thrive practitioners do this by working at the child or young persons emotional age. We ensure that the young people are given the appropriate amount of time and space to do this.

As qualified Thrive Practitioners, our team support the social and emotional development of the young people that we work with, within a highly creative and bespoke, yet structured and measurable, way. Our team’s collective experience provides a unique and powerful solution that can respond with wrap-around support to individual need. 

As such, we can offer a truly tailored learning experience and a choice of creative, vocational and academic pathways from our Kent based farm and forest settings. The tranquillity and space of our natural, outdoors sites, combined with our professional THRIVE Approach, means that our students progress rapidly, both emotionally and academically.

The combination of our therapeutic and farm provisions, with our bespoke programmes of education, remove barriers to learning whilst empowering our most vulnerable young people, inspiring and enabling them to achieve their full potential.

Meeting Needs  

Thrive allows us to provide targeted interventions that meet the child/young person where they are. Our licensed Thrive Practitioners use the Thrive-Online tool. Thrive-Online enables practitioners to gather and apply data relating to pupils’ social and emotional development, this progress is measure and recorded as part of our holistic provision. Thrive results can be linked to other measures, such as academic achievement and engagment. This provides excellent evidence for reviews and funding for looked-after-children and Early Help Assessments, children with special educational needs and Education, Health and Care Plans.

Together we clearly and systematically identify the social and emotional needs of the children and young people. From this, we create  individual detailed action plans, with a raft of strategies and age-appropriate activities included in lessons that will support social and emotional development.

The Department for Education is focused on supporting schools to build whole school environments and develop approaches within which all students can achieve their full potential. A 2018 review of published policies and information – Mental health and wellbeing provision in schools – was commissioned in response to the Green Paper ‘Transforming children and young people’s mental health provision’. This review included Thrive as an initiative that supports and promotes positive mental health. (DfE 2018).

THRIVE at Tuition Extra

Sue’s Poem: A Tuition Extra Journey

Sue’s daughter is currently completing a Level 1 BTEC in Vocational Studies combined with a The Thrive Approach programme.  

At Home or in School

Tutors Utilising THRIVE

We embed THRIVE and the THRIVE ethos within our setting to support the social and emotional wellbeing of our pupils at home, in school and across our sites, ensuring every student can benefit.

Graveney Community Project

THRIVE with Bushcraft

Our THRIVE Practitioners and wellbeing mentors work collaboratively with young people to develop a community hub. Developing the site together allows young people to experience success. 

Chalkhill Farm

THRIVE with Land Based activites

Chalkhill Farm is an Education Other Than at School (EOTAS) provider, which runs equine therapy, cooking, art and horticultural activities for children who are not in mainstream education.

Wellbeing Animals

THRIVE with Dogs

Animals are non-judgmental and calm the anxious brain. Hugging a dog, releases dopamine. This is a calming and neutralising stress chemical, called cortisol (fight, flight and freeze).