‘Social and emotional competencies have been found to be a more significant determinant of academic achievement than IQ’
Duckworth and Seligman 2005
We are a THRIVE school. For us this means that we endeavour to have the THRIVE philosophy at the core of our whole school ethos and the strategies and approaches being used across our whole setting.
What is Thrive? It is a dynamic, developmental approach to working with children that supports their emotional and social wellbeing. It is based on the latest research in neuroscience, attachment theory and child development, drawing on research into the role of creativity and play in developing emotional resilience
The development of positive social, emotional and learning behaviours is at the heart of our Behaviour Policy and procedures. Through this we aim to enable pupils to experience challenges, succeed in their learning, have a sense that learning can be fun and relevant to their lives, become independent learners, enthusiastic and with a willingness to take risks. From the earliest opportunity pupils will be encouraged to build tolerance, make good choices and take responsibility in readiness for them taking their place in society.
Gaining a sense of pride through social learning and positive experiences is part of the ethos of our school. Being able to manage and understand their emotions, to apply thinking between feeling and action, and to increasingly show empathy and understanding to others is core to our work. This is also the backdrop to our positive behaviour policy.
‘School based programmes of social and emotional learning therefore has the potential to help young people acquire the skills they need to make good academic progress.’
British Educational Research Journal 2013