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Makaton Training

Please note, all training courses have the option of being online or in-person.  If you are looking for training, either online or face to face and you can't see what you're looking for here,  then please contact me to discuss your needs.


The best way to learn Makaton is to attend a workshop, either online or face to face.  Makaton training can only be offered by licensed regional tutors.  

Training is useful for parents, carers, health/education professionals and anyone who has an interest in learning signs to support communication.

Training is also available for businesses and community groups who want to welcome and support those who use Makaton

I can also help you and your organisation become Makaton Friendly.

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Training available now:
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Makaton Core Training

Online or in-person

*£85 per level.  

(*book two levels together to qualify for a £10 discount)

Includes manuals and certificates

I also offer discounts for group bookings. Please c
ontact me for more information .

Learn the signs and symbols of the Makaton Vocabulary and how to use them to support people with a wide range of communication needs. This is accredited, certificated training offered only by licensed tutors.  Build up your knowledge gradually by starting with Level 1.  

Face to face training workshops have a maximum of 15 participants.  If I am travelling to you, there will be an additional charge for travel.

Online training is delivered via Zoom to a maximum of 11 participants.  Your manuals and certificates will be posted out.


All the workshops, whether online or face to face, are interactive and lots of fun.  You will be signing in sentences in no time at all.  

Each level takes between 7-8 hours to complete, and is made up of two modules, delivered either over one or two days.

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  • Learn Stages 1,2 and some Additional Makaton Vocabulary

  • Understand how we use signs and symbols to support communication

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  • Learn Stages 3,4 and some Additional Makaton Vocabulary

  • Develop the skill to introduce Makaton and use it appropriately 

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  • Learn Stages 5 and 6

  • Introduction to interpretation and translation of words into useful signing

  • Learn to analyse signs to improve accuracy

  • Learn Stages 7 and 8

  • Further develop your skills of interpretation and translation 

  • Learn to adapt to make Makaton inclusive and accessible to all

Using Makaton With Singing

Online or in-person

Price -

£40 per person

includes manual and certificate

Duration - 

3.5 hours

Using Makaton With Singing Workshop. This is a 3.5 hour workshop for parents, teachers, teaching assistants, therapists, and anyone working within early years, or with children with additional needs.


You will learn around 100 signs and practice how to put them into songs adapted for different levels of ability.


There are no prerequisites for this workshop; you do not need to have any prior experience of using Makaton and/ or singing. Alternatively, you may already be using Makaton or have an interest in signing and want the opportunity to use Makaton while singing.


Your workshop manual, includes all the signs and symbols learned in the songs. Your certificate will be posted on successful completion. 

It is also possible to arrange this training for your organisation: either online or face to face. Please get in touch to discuss your requirements.

Makaton Taster Session

Online or in-person 


Group bookings £15

(includes resources and certificates)

Maximum group size is 20

This session is designed to give you an understanding of the Makaton vocabulary, what it is and how to use it.  You will learn around 30-40 useful signs and symbols and get lots of tips on how to introduce them at home or at work.

This can be done online via Zoom, or in-person.

After the training, you will receive course information, copies of all the signs and symbols used, and a certificate of attendance.

For group bookings, signs will be selected to best suit your needs.

This is an informal, fun session, with lots of tips and ideas to take away.

Duration - 

1.5-2 hours

Song and Story Sessions


Price -

£10 per person

Duration - 

1 hour

Group sessions can be arranged online or in-person.

Taster plus song and story session

2.5-3 hours 


In this session we will take a familiar story and turn it into a communication session!  You will learn some core signs for the story.  We will explore taking the story theme and turning that into a simple song.  We will look at the benefits of using signs, symbols and songs to develop and support communication skills through well known stories.  


No previous signing skills are necessary.  These sessions are aimed at those living and/or working with young children, or older children with additional


These sessions take place online, via zoom.

Sessions can also be provided in person for groups, either on their own, or tagged on to a taster session

Refresher Makaton Sessions


For those of you have already completed Makaton training, but would like to refresh and update your skills.

These sessions are informal and fun, with lots of opportunity to practice through games, quizzes and of course songs!


Please get in touch if you are interested in accessing a refresher session

I do offer a discount if you have attended training with me.  Get in touch about this or come along and join my Tutor group on Facebook (Lorna Makaton Tutor's Tutor Group)

Bespoke Makaton Sessions

if you would like to learn Makaton, but the formal training isn't right for you, then I can work with you to provide what you need.

Please contact me to discuss your needs further.

Song and Story Session
Using Makaton With Singing
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Level 3
Level 4
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