The Thumbs Up Programme - programme details

The Thumbs Up Education Programme has been developed using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy techniques including positive thinking, confidence building, issues of self-esteem and much much more.  Please see below for the programmes currently being offered to schools:-

Essential Life Skills Programme:-

5 x 1hour (option for 'add-on' sessions) sessions per group of upto approximately 30 children

  • Session One - Getting To Know You
  • Session Two - Understanding Thoughts, Feelings and Behaviour
  • Session Three - The Importance of 'You'
  • Session Four - Mind Over Matter
  • Session Five - Let's Be Mindful
  • Session Six - Living Bring It All Together

Moving Forwards Programme:-  

Usually 2 x 1 hour sessions focussing on the transition from primary to secondary school.  Including for example:-

  • Getting the most out of Induction Day
  • The first few days of Secondary School
  • Cementing Friendships
  • The importance of a 'good first impression'
  • Being 'above the radar'
  • Corridor Confidence
  • Playing to Strengths
  • Effective Communication

...and much more

During our various programmes, we  look at such aspects of the wellbeing of our children as:-

  • Effective communication
  • Building confidence
  • Positive affirmations
  • Raising self-esteem
  • Accepting differences in peers
  • Consequences of actions
  • Breaking negative thought cycles
  • 'Pause' button, and stopping and thinking before acting
  • Treating others as you wish to be treated yourself
  • Acts of kindness
  • Understanding empathy and its purpose in every day life
  • Respect
  • Compassion for oneself and other
  • Peer pressure
  • Mindfulness
  • Breathing exercises
  • The ability to calm oneself down
  • Physical symptoms of negative emotions and feelings
  • The impact of effective sleep and diet
  • The importance of exercise
  • Stress management
  • Bullying and cyber bullying and online awareness
  • Self-encouragement
  • Self-awareness
  • Self-worth
  • The importance of these important life skills

The content of the sessions continues to evolve with each and every child and school we meet.

As the programme is being undertaken, our programme facilitators/class teachers/TA's will be taking time to identify the children who may be struggling a little more with issues of confidence, anxiety and low self-esteem. We will also identify the children who may appear over-confident, and find ways to hone their exuberance! Once the programme has been completed, discussions will take place between our programme facilitator and the school and we can then put provisions in place to help these children with some further sessions geared more towards their personal needs if appropriate.

We are incredibly proud of the programme and believe it will become an invaluable asset to any any child.

We also offer the following:-

  • Bespoke staff workshops
  • Bespoke parent/carer workshops

We also offer bespoke sessions in the following for individual sessions, small groups and whole classes:-

  • Grief and Bereavement Counselling
  • Introduction to Mindfulness and How To Sleep Better
  • Stress Management
  • Coping with Anxiety
  • Raising Levels of Self-Confidence and Self-Esteem
  • Acceptance, Inclusion and Tolerance of others
  • Be Wise, Be Smart - (peer communication/bullying online)
  • Anger Management
  • Living with Gratitude
  • Team Work *NEW

The above can also be booked as 'add on' sessions for entire class groups in addition to the Essential Life Skills or Moving Forwards programmes

Our NEW programme

The Key Stage 2 Emotional Growth programme:-

6 x 1 hour sessions per class in year 3 (autumn or spring term)

2 x 1 hour sessions per class in year 4 (autumn or spring term)

2 x 1 hour sessions per class in year 5 (autumn term (prior to open days/nights at secondary school)

6 x 1 sessions per class in year 6 (summer term incorporating transition work and SATs if required)

The cost for this will be:-

Year 3 - £370 per class

Year 4 - £140 per class

Year 5 - £140 per class

Year 6 - £450 per class

This totals £1100 over four years per class (please note you will be invoiced yearly however following the sessions with the year group(s))

Make Thumbs Up work for your children:-

Throughout the programme we will identify areas that your children may need some extra help - with confidence building, self-esteem etc. We will then work with the schools to undertake some work in smaller groups. Conversely, the school can approach us with any concerns about any children and their particular struggles and we can devise a programme based upon their individual/small group needs to help them achieve their full potential. 


Before you go progress to booking or indeed contacting Thumbs Up - we would like you to note the following information:-

  • All our facilitators have their own skillset and experience and you will be allocated the most appropriate person for your sessions
  • Thumbs Up cannot medically diagnose
  • Thumbs Up utilise various aspects of Cognitive Behaviourial Therapy, Person Centred Therapy and Solution Focussed Therapy
  • Thumbs Up will remain in contact with the appropriate staff member throughout the sessions (be it 1:1, small group or class sessions) and make them aware of any issues if that arise
  • Thumbs Up programmes are very bespoke, we would appreicate the staff member dealing with the booking to inform our staff of any children of concern that may require some additional support
  • If any member of Thumbs Up staff feel that the child or children they are working with have needs that they don't feel able to effectively work with, they will inform the appropriate staff member


What we do works - we asked two year 3 classes at St Bridget's C of E Primary School what they remembered that they had learnt from session 1 to session 6, they pretty much remembered everything - this is why we are starting our year 3 four year programme:-