Ysgol Ty Coch is a 3-19 maintained special school in South Wales, supporting 169 exceptional pupils. The school received a double ‘Excellent’ judgement from ESTYN in June 2017 and were shortlisted for the UK Wide TES Award for Special School of the Year in June 2019.

Here, teaching assistants and MOVE Coordinators Lowri Williams and Leigh Wharton discuss their school’s MOVE journey.

Discovering and starting MOVE

We were first introduced to the MOVE programme in June 2017 by MOVE Director Charlotte Peck and by Simon Wright, a teacher from Cherry Garden School, London. With intrepid breath, we attended the two-day Senior Practitioner Training together with Greenfields School, Merthyr Tydfil. This is where our MOVE journey began!

MOVE fits perfectly into the Welsh Government’s ‘A Curriculum For Wales’, with the focus on functional skills aligning with Graham Donaldson’s vision to teach ‘what matters’. With MOVE, we found a programme that addressed the child's greatest need and teaches them “what matters”.

In September 2018 the MOVE Programme was implemented at Ysgol Ty Coch for children with functional movement difficulties. We sat down as a MOVE team and identified an initial cohort of 6 pupils, after which we sent home information on the MOVE programme to parents and invited them into school for a MOVE meeting.

MOVE makes a difference

For many of our pupils at Ysgol Ty Coch, movement is paramount for them to be able to learn and to enrich their lives. We have noticed the difference of the impact of MOVE for the children, their families and our staff, whether it is within the class area, our playgrounds and garden or out in our local community.

Two of our pupils made rapid progress with short term targets and reached graduate level soon after. Our other pupils are surpassing all expectations of them and are progressing wonderfully, which is a particular highlight for us as a MOVE team. We are a school that likes to MOVE!

MOVE-ing forwards

In future, we are hoping to train at least one member of staff in each class as a senior practitioner and to have MOVE champions throughout the school in order to fully embed the programme. We also aim to train the parents and caregivers of all our pupils to enable a 24 hour MOVE curriculum, which will further enable our pupils’ learning and progress.

To do this we attended a MOVE Trainer Training course, which allowed us to train staff internally.  The course was held in Crownbridge School and lead by Cath Marshall MBE, who has a wealth of experience and knowledge of the MOVE programme. We came back to Ysgol Ty Coch empowered and couldn't wait to implement what we learned.

 

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