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Director's Welcome

We see potential in every child

Director's Photo

I would like to extend a warm welcome to all of you. My name is Cecil Burton, Owner and Director of the Move to Learn Global

School (MTLGS). I have worked in areas such as consulting, business management, education and special needs education.

I have more than 40 years of practical experience in the fields of education, special needs education, airlines, hotels and

restaurants, travel/tourism industry, export industry, transportation companies, etc. in countries around the world, including Japan.

I moved to Japan in 1997 and have continued to work there. In 2008, I opened the CEE BEE CENTER in Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture, to provide bilingual therapy, training and support for children with special needs, their families and teachers. We moved to Takarzuka City in 2014 and Takatsuki City in 2021.

In August 2021, we launched the Move to Learn Global School in Takatsuki City, Osaka Prefecture. The reason why I started this school is because I thought that there is still a lot that can be done to make things better for all children when looking at the current "general way of education" in Japan (or around the world). All children have different abilities, disabilities, strengths and weaknesses, learning needs, therfore it is only logical that different teaching methods based on the abilities of each child should be applied. However, support for children and especially those with special needs has been commercialized by the education sector with the focus on profit rather than on quality of education and support. It is undeniable that modern society is shifting to AI. I am convinced that many natural skills in children are being lost due to the influence of IT. ​ Rather than repeating knowledge obtained by rote memory or memorizing with the use of IT, and believing the opinions of others on the Internet or social media sites, our education focus is on planning, organizing, and creating so that students can form and express their own opinions. through calculation, analysis, decision making, discrimination, evaluation, reasoning, problem-solving, production, application, explanation, and opinion-forming skills which are of paramount importance, both physically and mentally. ​ In most Japanese schools and international schools, the lower grades have a curriculum that focuses on language skills and subjects such as English, Japanese, mathematics, social studies, art, science, geography, history, and IT, while the upper grades have a curriculum that emphasizes inquiry and learning. Through project-based learning, creating logical and critical thinking skills, MTLGS is a future-oriented international school with inclusive education, bilingualism, and practical and world-oriented curricula for preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school. Our goal is to build and strengthen the foundations of learning and to develop both the physical and mental abilities of each individual student to enable both current and future learning and growth and a better futre for each child.

Nurturing the whole child

Your child’s needs and goals are at the heart of everything we do.  We are a family-oriented school so we aim to not only teach, train and support the student but also their families


Our management and teaching staff tailor the pace and focus of instruction in and out of the classroom to develop not only the basis of educative skills such as reading, writing, speaking, comprehension, math, science, etc. but more importantly essential life-long skills to bring out the best in your child. This includes raising their (1) Physical and Mental abilities to think, process, remember, reason and act (2) Self-confidence and well-being (3) Communication skills and speech (4) Social Interaction and Social Awareness (5) Cognition and Learning, (6) Self-regulation (7) Activities of Daily Life (8) Interest and involvement in the environment and world around them (9) Inquisitiveness to ask questions and engage in dialogue (10) Challenge themselves outside their comfort zone (11) Create and raise a students logical and critical thinking skills.


The school leadership team, teachers and staff are always available to meet and answer any questions that you may have to ensure the best possible educational experience for your child. 

Faculty & Staff

Cecil Burton

Director of School

Special Needs Therapist

Special Needs Counsellor

Special Needs Advisor

Special Needs Trainer

Makiko Ogawa


Office In-charge

Nozomi Lule

Class Teacher


At our school we provide all children with the utmost care and support including:

  • Students who are less motivated to learn

  • Students who lack self-management skills

  • Students who have difficulty building relationships with others

  • Students who have difficulty concentrating and are restless

  • Students who have difficulty learning skills in a particular subject or area, such as speaking, reading, writing, math, etc.

  • Students with emotional and behavioral problems such as anxiety and depression

  • Students with high-functioning pervasive developmental disorder (PDD), autism spectrum disorder (ASD), attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Down syndrome, learning disabilities, etc.

  • Students who did not attend school from kindergarten to junior high school in Japan for any reason

  • Students who want to develop native-level British, American and Global Standard English skills

  • Students whose English ability is insufficient or non-existent, but still want to study in an international school environment

  • Students who find it difficult to fit in with regular school systems

  • Students who have difficulty keeping up with clurriculums at regular schools

  • Students who have just returned from abroad

  • Students who want to study in English before going abroad

  • Students looking for a place to study in a small, personalized environment

  • Students who have difficulty interacting with others or participating in individual/group activities

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