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The Makaton Charity’s signing and symbol 2-Day workshop for beginners, led by Theresa Fitzgerald. Makaton is a unique language programme that uses symbols, signs and speech to enable people to communicate. It supports the development of essential communication skills such as attention and listening, comprehension, memory, recall and organisation of language and expression.



Why should I attend?

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Introduce yourself to another using Makaton
  • Identify non-verbal communication skills
  • Describe Makaton, its definition and use
  • Understand where Makaton fits into the signing continuum (other signing systems/BSL)
  • Identify and produce signs and symbols from the early stages of the Makaton Core Vocabulary – approximately 250 concepts
  • Understand how to adapt your Makaton use to suit the receiver.


What will it cover?

  • Practical introductory workshop to Makaton
  • Signs and symbols from the Core Vocabulary stages 1–4 and additional stage.
  • Methods for implementing and using Makaton promoting effective methods of communication
  • Frequently asked questions
  • Progression – what’s next?

Participants receive two Makaton Beginners Manuals (included in the course costs), which have all the line drawings and symbols taught over the two days, as well as your certificate of attendance from the Makaton Charity.

  • Day 1 – participants receive Beginners’ Workshop Manual 1.
  • Day 2 – participants receive Beginners’ Workshop Manual 2.


Who should go?

  • SENCOs
  • ARP Leads
  • Senior Leaders
  • Middle Leaders
  • Heads of Department
  • Deputy Heads
  • Subject Leads/ Coordinators
  • Teachers
  • Teaching Assistants
  • Learning Support Assistants
  • NQTs



There is a fixed cost of £180 per delegate for this course.



Aspire, Warren Junior School, Gordon Rd, Dagenham, Romford RM6 6DA


Additional information

Lunch will not be provided.

Delegates must attend both days.

If you can’t attend, or if a colleague will be attending in your place, please inform us as soon as you can before the event.

Cancellations less than 48 hours before the course may still be charged.


Who to contact

For specific enquiries about this course, please contact the course leader, Pauline Drew, at:

For general booking or CPD enquiries please contact:


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