Kings Oak Primary Learning Centre

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Wells Lane off Bondfield Close, Barnsley, South Yorkshire S73 8TX

01226 272740

Kings Oak Primary Learning Centre

'Learning for Life'

The Thrive Approach                                                         

“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 learned – we are not born with it.”

Dr Bruce Perry

What is Thrive?

Thrive® promotes children’s and young people’s positive mental health by helping adults know how to be and what to do in response to their differing and sometimes distressed behaviour.

Based on established neuroscience, attachment theory and child development, the Thrive Approach helps children develop the relationships that are needed for them to flourish and learn.


How does it work at Kings Oak Primary Learning Centre?

 School is a very special time in all children’s lives. Children come to school to learn and those with a strong sense of well-being are more able to make the most of the opportunities available to them. We want our children to develop into capable, competent, creative, caring adults who are concerned for themselves, others and the world at large. 

We will help children to: 

  • Feel good about themselves
  • Know they matter
  • Become more resilient and resourceful
  • Have a positive place in society
  • Form trusting, rewarding relationships
  • Be creative
  • Be thoughtful and self-aware
  • Be compassionate and empathetic
  • Be able to overcome difficulties and setbacks
  • Have an increased emotional capacity for learning
  • Work together  

The Thrive approach is a way of assessing and supporting children’s emotional and social development. These assessments can then be used to provide personalised programmes for classes, groups and individuals.

Every child will be supported through the school-wide Thrive approach.

Children who need more support will meet regularly with a Thrive practitioner in small groups or one to one to focus on their learning needs.

Our aim is to work in close partnership with you as you know your child best. If we are going to work with your child in a small group or one to one with a Thrive practitioner, we will invite you to come and discuss what is going to happen and how you can support this work at home

Our Thrive practitioners have undergone extensive training to ensure they are fully equipped to work with children and the staff team to deliver effective strategies and activities which support the development of each unique child.


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Should you have any further questions regarding the Thrive approach, please speak to:


Miss Meiner

Mrs Wilks

Mrs Sanders

Mrs Rawlinson

Mrs Dixon

Mrs Sanderson

Mrs Morton

Mrs Moreby

Mrs Donnellan

Miss Cook