Heatherwood School is a community special school in Doncaster for children who have profound learning difficulties and complex needs. They have already noticed the difference that the MOVE Programme has made, not just to the children on MOVE but also to the school staff! Here, teacher Sam MacDonald tells us his school's MOVE journey so far:

Starting MOVE

We had MOVE Senior Practitioner Training back in November 2017, which was very well thought out and delivered to an extremely high standard. The Trainer was very knowledgeable about MOVE and how best it supports the individuals using it.

Following the course, our first step was to inform parents about the MOVE Programme. We sent a presentation out to all parents that detailed what MOVE is and how it will make a difference to their child’s life. Next, we identified a trial group of pupils and consulted with the physiotherapists and occupational therapists to check they would be okay to begin MOVE.

We decided that each MOVE Senior Practitioner would be allocated one child. For each child, MOVE goals have been discussed as a team and set in pupils’ annual reviews in order to ensure as much multi-agency collaboration as possible. So far, there are 11 children on the MOVE Programme and our aim is to have 16 pupils in total by the summer!

Impact on the children

The MOVE Programme has ensured that pupils are given numerous meaningful opportunities to practise skills which will assist them in reaching their end goal. We found when we did the initial MOVE assessments that most pupils need to work on their core strength as a starting place in order to become more independent, and we have have already noticed improvements in the core strength of many children. The pupils on the MOVE Programme have shown great willingness to try new things and are motivated to become as independent as possible.

As an example, one young person’s end goal is to stand independently to transfer chairs. So far, the young person is able to complete a physically prompted sit to stand for around 5 seconds!

Impact on the staff

The biggest change has been to look at how we can ensure that pupils’ tasks include as many opportunities to practice independent movement skills as possible. When planning, teachers have been taking into consideration what skills pupils can work on that will be meaningful for their lives.

Recommending MOVE

We would 100% recommend the MOVE Programme to other schools! By being trained to deliver MOVE, schools have the best opportunity to start young people on a journey of life long independence, transforming their lives. MOVE offers a model and structure, which is simple to follow but effective. The fact that MOVE promotes multi-agency working means it will fit into the work that schools already do.

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