Makaton Training

Please note,  courses are online, using Zoom video conferencing unless it is specifically stated it is a face to face training course.  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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Online Makaton Training

*£77 per level.  

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

Includes manuals and certificates which will be posted to you.

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.  

This training is delivered online via Zoom to a maximum of 11 participants at any one time.    All the workshops 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

If you are new to online training or Zoom, then let me know and I can help you get started

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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

Price -

£35 per person

includes manual and certificate

Duration - 

3.5 hours

Using Makaton With Singing Online 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, which will be posted to you, includes all the signs and symbols learned in the songs. Your certificate will be posted on successful completion. 

Makaton Taster Session (*Online)

Price -

£10 per person

(max 15 participants) 

Group bookings £120 

(includes resources and certificates)

*If you would like to organise a face to face taster session, please email me to discuss

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 face to face if your setting allows.

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

Total Communication  Workshop

Price -

£120 per setting

(max 25 participants)

This is a short training session looking at how using visual support can  boost communication skills.  It includes an introduction to signing and symbols.

You will learn around 30 signs appropriate to your setting and some activities to get started with signing. 

This session also focuses on multi modal communication. And why it is so effective.

Duration - 

2 hours

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.

Refresher Makaton Sessions

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

Online refresher sessions are now being advertised.  

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)