The MOVE Programme is a functional activity and goal-based programme designed to teach basic functional motor skills to those with complex physical needs.

MOVE uses the combined approach of education, therapy, and family knowledge to teach the skills of sitting, standing, walking and transitioning between. It is an integrated curriculum-based approach to the development of motor skills and independence and utilises the expertise of education and therapy to address the functional needs of students.

Although MOVE was only introduced to PHS in September 2021, much progress has been made in a short period of time and we have already achieved the Silver Award. The principles of MOVE are now fully embedded from our Early years provision, up to and including P16. All students who have complex physical motor needs (such as cerebral palsy), access the MOVE programme and follow the principles of MOVE. The physiotherapist and occupational therapist will be able to provide further advice about what this looks like for your child. MOVE meetings are integrated into the annual review process where required, and outcomes linked directly into students’ EHCPs.

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Movement is the foundation for learning. Children need to move to be able to learn and explore their surroundings, to gain confidence & self-esteem and to develop cognitive, communication and social skills.

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We approach inclusion with the premise that all children can learn, provided they are given the opportunities to practice new skills. From this we can see that inclusion is not a placement exercise, but a process which enables children to be included in the activities of life, which they choose due to opportunities they are given.


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MOVE is not a therapy, nor is it a replacement for therapy. MOVE is an approach to learning, which incorporates both teaching and therapy skills.

The Six Steps

The programme is built with six steps with the individual and their family placed at the centre of the programme and it is their goal that the team focus on.

  1. Assessment
  2. Goal Setting
  3. Task Analysis
  4. Prompt Measurement
  5. Prompt Adjustment
  6. Teaching The Skills

How Is Progress Measured?

Progress is measured by assessing an individual’s level of functional mobility. The Assessment Profile is used with reference to a MOVE Manual to plan how support will be reduced and to formally assess functional mobility annually. This provides a visual representation of progress over time. For all student’s enrolled on the programme, outcomes will feed directly into their Education Health and Care Plan and will be reviewed in line with the annual review.


Anyone who has not learnt the skills of independent sitting, standing, or walking, regardless of their age or ability.


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Gold Quality Mark

MOVE provides a 4-tiered framework which encourages the development of MOVE to ensure the best possible outcomes for students accessing the programme. The levels range from Bronze through to Centre of Excellence and provides a structured development for PHS. We are delighted to have achieved the Gold Award already! Striving for Centre of Excellence is our absolute goal and commitment to all our students and their families moving forward. We will keep you updated on our progress!

MOVE information: Develop social & play skills through structured interaction, Increase knowledge of Education & Health provision, Support your childs imagination & curiosity through explorative, sensory play, Opportunities to meet others on a similar journey, Improve physical development through the principles of MOVE, Develop confidence & skills, supporting child’s developments.

MOVErs And Explorers

MOVErs & Explorers is a free pre-school support group at Percy Hedley School providing a range of fun, nurturing, sensory based programmes. It utilises Movement Opportunities Via Education and aims to work in partnership with parents to provide high quality early years education to develop their child’s physical, cognitive, social and communication skills via explorative play.

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How We Incorporate MOVE Into School

Students participate in weekly MOVE to Learn sessions alongside their peers. These can be theme based or topic linked motor programs designed to improve functional gross and fine motor skills such as grasping, sitting, standing and walking, or they could be sensory programs to maximise engagement whilst meeting sensory and postural needs.

Throughout the year, students participate in special MOVE Days to promote and maximise MOVE whilst also allowing opportunities to celebrate their progress. Examples include our recent ‘MOVE to Spook‘ event at Halloween, our Christmas themed ‘MOVE-ing in a Winter Wonderland’, and our most recent ‘Love to MOVE’. Staff and students across the whole school thoroughly enjoy participating in these events to promote the understanding of MOVE for everyone across the school, and in all departments. They further enable all students the opportunity to contribute, develop and generalise their social, communication and physical skills with a focus on inclusivity and enhancing wellbeing. Look out for our up and coming Egg-cited to MOVE Easter bonanza!

Our MOVE Team

Steph Tucker Lead Physiotherapist
Tina Christopher Physiotherapist
Sophie Donnelly Occupational Therapist