Social and Emotional Education


At Stocksbridge we want all of our children to be the best that they can be, both academically and socially and emotionally. We have a clear focus on social and emotional education to ensure that children develop high levels of social and emotional skill and, as a result, have access to life and learning in as many contexts as possible.


How do we do this ?   

We are a Thrive school. We use the Thrive approach to assist in our support of social and emotional development for all of our children.



So what is The Thrive Approach ?

The Thrive Approach has been developed over many years helping children to flourish. It supports their social and emotional development.

Thrive is a specific way of working with all children that helps to develop their social and emotional wellbeing, enabling them to engage with life and learning. It supports children in becoming more self-assured, capable, adaptable and resilient. It can also address any troubling behaviours providing a firm foundation for academic attainment.

Positive relationships are at the heart of The Thrive Approach. We use these relationships, together with play and creative activities, to give children key experiences at each different stage of their development.

Repetition of these activities supports their development, helping them to:
• feel good about themselves and know that they matter
• increase their sense of security and trust
• increase their emotional 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

…….and much more.

You can learn much more about The Thrive Approach by downloading the leaflet below :

Thrive parent information leaflet



How does it work?

Appropriate for all children from birth to adulthood, The Thrive Approach draws on the latest research into brain science, child development theory and attachment theory. It helps us to understand how babies’ and children’s brains develop, and how parents, teachers and other professionals can best support this development by providing the best experiences for the children at each stage.



How will my child be involved in Thrive in class ?

We use a screening tool and activity planning resource called Thrive-Online. This tool allows us to assess all of our children regularly to check that children are working socially and emotionally appropriately for their age. We use our assessment findings in class teaching to ensure the development of social and emotional skills. We call this focused approach our ‘Keys To Success’

Our Key To Success are as follows :

Our Keys To Success can be downloaded for your reference below :

Keys to Success



What if your child is struggling socially and emotionally ?

We also use our Thrive assessments to identify children who are struggling socially and emotionally. We can then provide appropriate support for these children, helping them catch up with their social and emotional learning.

If the assessment process suggests that your child would benefit from additional one-to-one or small group support, we would contact you and, with your consent and involvement, we would carry out a more detailed assessment. We would then develop an action plan that gives specific strategies and activities for supporting your child within school. We might also suggest specific activities that you can do at home so that together, we can help your child through any difficulties they are experiencing.

If we have discussed your child and we require a consent form for assessment to be completed, it can be downloaded from the blue button at the base of this page.


When we get it right ….

When we get social and emotional development right, learning is supported and academic achievement too.



Additional Information and Help 

Additional information about The Thrive Approach can be found at the Thrive Approach Website – following the link from the button at the bottom of this page.

We have four Thrive Practitioners in school that are always happy to chat about our approach to social and emotional education –

Mrs Jane Lea-Jones , Mrs Michelle Kelly, Miss Sam Waite and Miss Rachel Laycock.

These staff are happy to talk at any point. Please ask them for some time to chat if you have any questions.



Additional Support

There are many and varied resources that can be called upon to support children socially and emotionally.

The following organisations offer information and support on mental health and wellbeing:

Your local library can also provide access to Reading Well: books on prescription, a collection of carefully curated titles for adults, children and young people to support common mental health conditions, or deal with difficult feelings and experiences. Find your local library to join up and borrow them.