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Training

Makaton training

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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.

Cover of the Makaton Training brochure
Training brochure: all you need to know about learning Makaton

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, progressing to a more advanced level or aiming to become a Makaton Tutor or Trainer.

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?

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 of our training is standardised which means that herever 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?

Makaton workshops are provided through our tutor network. In order to help keep the cost of Makaton training as low as possible, The Makaton Charity recommends the levels of fees that tutors and trainers should charge. Tutors and trainers charge for the training they offer but sometimes have to add on the cost of room hire, travel and other necessary expenses.

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.

The Makaton Charity is responsible for training all tutors and trainers. For more information see How to become a Makaton tutor.

How do I find Makaton training?

Go to Find training to search for training in your area, or call the training team on 01276 606777 and they will put you in touch with a tutor near you.

Taster Sessions

If you are not sure whether Makaton training is for you, try a Makaton Taster Session.  These short sessions are designed for people who are interested in finding out about Makaton and deciding whether or not to attend Makaton training.

The Taster gives you a general introduction into what Makaton is and who uses it, with the opportunity to learn a few signs and symbols too.

 

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