How do I learn Makaton?

The best way to learn Makaton is to attend a workshop. It means that you learn with other people, share your experiences, receive feedback on your signing and symbol work and enables you to practice with others. It also gives you the opportunity to meet and build a relationship with a Makaton Tutor, who can help and support you in the future.

There are a range of workshops available which are designed to meet the level of training that you need; whether you are just starting out or progressing to a more advanced level. All Makaton training provides you with information about what Makaton is and how it can be used in different settings. You also learn signs and symbols from the Core Vocabulary to an appropriate level. The Core Vocabulary has the signs and symbols needed for everyday communication.

How can I be sure of the quality of the training I receive?

Our Makaton Tutors and Trainers meet criteria and standards which are set by The Makaton Charity. They receive regular updates from the charity and must attend Continual Professional Development days as part of their licence to practice.

The Makaton Charity has a register of approved, licensed tutors and trainers. All licensed tutors and trainers have been trained and assessed by The Makaton Charity.

All Makaton Training is standardised which means that wherever you receive your Makaton training, it is exactly the same as someone else will receive, in another part of the UK.

How much does Makaton training cost?

Our Foundation Course runs over 2-days

Cost is £150 per person for the full 2-day course. As part of your training, you will receive your own study materials which include: Makaton symbols and signs, participant manual(s) and a certificate of attendance.


Alternatively, if you would like a Taster Session at your school we offer Twilight Sessions for £100

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