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‘THRIVE’ Whole School Approach 

Mrs Selkirk is our Director of Pastoral Services and heads our THRIVE Team at Waverley. She is responsible for looking after the welfare of our pupils at Waverley.


Waverley is a THRIVE School where we have designated staff trained in undertaking assessment of the emotional needs of pupils. Our THRIVE Team are responsible for ensuring we have programs in place related to the emotional needs of pupils and that all staff members are aware of these pupils and their specific needs. We believe that the key relationship between a child and significant adults should not go under-recognised.  We believe by developing relations with significant adults we can help a child get ready to learn and enhance their learning, build positive relationships between a child and their peers and improve attainment.  We believe that positive nurturing experiences can help children thrive and behave better.


Many children and young people face challenges that can knock them off course. That is when they exhibit what may be referred to as 'bad or disruptive behaviour' or 'troubled behaviour' or 'behavioural problems' - behaviour which is, in fact, their only way of communicating that something is wrong. What they need then is understanding and help to get them back on track.

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

Thrive provides training for professionals who work closely with children and young people from birth to adulthood, and it fully involves parents in the process as well. Our approach to developing whole school emotional well-being is led by our licensed ‘THRIVE’ practitioners and all our staff have been trained in the principles of the THRIVE approach.

The THRIVE approach helps adults respond to a child’s situation in a way that supports their emotional and social development.  If children have been emotionally thrown off track, either temporarily or over longer periods we will attempt to understand the needs being signalled by their behaviour and give targeted strategies and activities to help them re-engage.