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Overcoming barriers to learning

Hastings Thrives works to overcome barriers to learning, to help children in Hastings and the surrounding area achieve and thrive.


Community training

In 2019 we are providing high quality training for people who work in the community with children. Our aim is to support people to included all children in their sessions and be able to respond confidently to challenging behaviour.


Pre School Pilot

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We want to reach children at the earliest possible stages to overcome barriers to learning. Thanks to funding from the Chalk Cliff Trust, we training staff in a whole school approach so all children benefit from approaches which support neuro-diverse children.


Collaborative Songwriting

Collaborative songwriting is inclusive and develops a whole range of skills and attributes which benefit all children. We run an annual Songwriting Competition and are expanding our work in this area.


Comfort Ground

Working with Silverdale Primary Academy we are piloting a volunteer support programme in the playground. Playtime can be difficult for children who are neuro-diverse, and for all children at times. Someone to talk to and do things with can take the pressure off.

Community Training Completed

September's community training in understanding child development…

Dinosaur Song completed at Robsack Wood

Robsack Wood Birch Class (Yr 4) with Mrs Piper-Smith have completed…
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It's not just us who highly recommend our community training!

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Amy is walking on hot coals for Hastings Thrives!

On the 29th September Amy Gudgeon will brave the fire coals to…
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Community Training in 2019

If you work with children, we are running high quality training…


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Sky Garden installation at the Stade

A walk in the Sky Garden Installation at The Stade Hall brought…
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