Re-Assessment 2017

“Marlborough School provides an exceptional Move Programme for their students, tailored to meet the individual needs. The trainers are continually striving to improve the ways in which they can best help their students. The school also offers use of the Hydrotherapy Pool outside of school hours, to individuals from the community that would benefit from using it. This also includes students on the Move Programme.”

“Marlborough School has taken the Move Programme and is developing its ethos into everyday life for the students and their parents.”

“Very regular feedback is provided to families or carers who have students involved in the programme. The school is very versatile with the format of this communication, led by the need of the parents/carers.”

“The Move Programme team provide opportunities throughout the day for their students to practice their skills, from the initial transfer into the building to the end of the day. The school encourages their students to work towards their targets and celebrates their successes.”

“The school is committed to the development of the Move Programme, ensuring that it is available to all students who could benefit from the programme. There are three highly skilled individuals that look after the Move Programme, co-ordinating (and training) the Senior Practitioners that are in the classrooms. In each class, there is at least one Senior Practitioner.”

The Marlborough Move Provision was assessed as “exceptional.”

What is Move?

Move stands for: Movement for Learning and Life

Move is an activity based programme which uses the combined knowledge of education and therapy staff and family to teach children and young people with physical disabilities and/or complex needs the skills of:

  • Sitting
  • Standing
  • Walking
  • Transferring


The MOVE philosophy is that movement is the foundation for learning and focuses on what the child or young person can already do, not what they cannot do. It is a positive approach and realistic goals are set, achievable and functional. The aim of MOVE is that individuals are given opportunities to learn and practice new skills that will help develop independence, family life, social skills and wellbeing. Every achievement is recognised and celebrated.

At Marlborough we have a MOVE co-ordinator, 3 MOVE trained trainers and 16 members of staff who are trained MOVE practitioners. We currently have 10 students on the MOVE programme.

The MOVE team around a child will include the child, the child’s family/carer, teacher, class team, therapists and the MOVE Co-ordinator.

There are 6 steps to the MOVE programme:

  • Assessment: The MOVE team gets together for an informal meeting to discuss the child’s acquired skills and goals are set.  There are 16 Practical skills that are measured such as sitting, movement while sitting, standing, transitions between sit to stand, walking forwards and backwards, and uneven ground.
  • Goal setting: The goal will be something that is meaningful for the child and their family such as to sit on a chair at a table to eat with my family.
  • Task analysis: To work out which skills are needed to achieve their goals.  It is these skills that will be practised at every possible opportunity in daily life.
  • Measuring prompt: We measure the amount of support the child needs to learn the skills necessary to achieve their goal.
  • Reducing prompt: The MOVE team plan for the systematic reduction of support over time.
  • Teaching the skills: Once the skills needed have been identified the MOVE team will draw up a plan which integrates these skills into every possible opportunity throughout the day.

The MOVE co-ordinator will write an individual MOVE programme. They are copied for the student’s class team, the family, the therapy team and one is kept for the student’s own MOVE passport.

All the students on the MOVE programme at Marlborough have made good progress or maintained their skill level. They are able to generalise and transfer skills to other places and different situations. They have grown in confidence and parents report that family life has improved and that family outings are easier.


For more information on the MOVE Programme, please visit the Enham Trust website: or contact the school and ask to speak to a member of the Move team.

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