What is the MOVE Programme?

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

  • 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.
  • Opportunity. 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.
  • VE is for Via Education. 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.

Who is it for?
Anyone who has not learnt the skills of independent sitting, standing, or walking, regardless of their age or ability.

Where is it done?
Everywhere! MOVE is designed to take place during daily activities in regular environments, such as the home, school and community.

Who uses MOVE with an individual?
MOVE is used by the whole team around the individual. In school the core MOVE team will be the family/carers, teaching & support staff, physiotherapists, and occupational therapists etc. The programme is built around six steps with the individual and their family placed at the centre of the programme and it is their goals that the team focus on.

What does a typical day on MOVE include?
The student’s normal day, but with every opportunity for movement practice taken advantage of! For example, encouraging reaching movements towards a favoured toy, sitting to play the drums, standing to reach for the interactive board or walking from the taxi to the classroom. MOVE is not an ‘add on’ to the day, it happens naturally.

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.



Although MOVE was only introduced to PHS in September 2021, much progress has been made in a short period of time. The principles of MOVE are now fully embedded from our Early years provision, up to and including KS4. The MOVE programme will naturally transition into our P16 department when our current KS4 cohort transition into Post-16 in September 2022. All student within the MOVE & Learn department will access the MOVE programme and follow the principles of MOVE, however it is not always appropriate for your child to be enrolled onto the programme via assessment. The physiotherapist and occupational therapist will be able to provide further advice specific to your child. MOVE meetings are integrated into the annual review process where required, and outcomes linked directly into students’ EHCPs.


MOVE 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 Bronze award already and are well on our way to achieving Silver. 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 Profiles

Each student will have their own MOVE Profile. This is a visual document to remind all staff working with your child what their short and long-term outcomes are, and how these can be integrated successfully throughout the whole school day to maximise movement opportunities


MOVE to Learn

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!

MOVE to Spook!



MOVE-ing in a Winter Wonderland!


Love to MOVE!


MOVErs & Explorers

We are in the process of setting up our pre-school parent and toddler group. For more information on this click here.



PHS have a dedicated MOVE team which is being coordinated and lead by Tina Christopher and Sophie Donnelly and overseen by Lead physio Stephanie Tucker. The core team is made up of a dedicated and creative group of teachers, support assistants, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and a speech & language therapist. You are warmly invited to ask any questions to our coordinators or seek clarity from your child’s Class Team in the first instance.