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How to include Makaton

How to include Makaton

A female teacher helps a young boy with a picture timelineThe Code of Practice, which provides statutory guidance for the Children and Families Act, states that local authorities must set out in their local offer the special educational and training provision it expects to be available for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

This includes securing expertise among teachers and professionals who support children and young people with SEND at different levels: awareness, enhanced and specialist.

Used as part of a joint approach between agencies, families, and young people, Makaton can achieve shared outcomes such as increased educational attainment, improved levels of mental health and wellbeing, reductions in health inequalities, and increased levels of employment and independent living through the development of communication skills (see the latest BCRP report).

Workforce development

Schools are required to identify and address the special educational needs of the children and young people that they support. This means that your staff team must have sufficient skills and knowledge to support these pupils. The development of appropriate skills in your workforce is crucial, right across the school and including families.

Creating a whole school approach to communication has been shown to benefit all children, not just those with SEND. It enables staff to use and adapt their communication to support access to the curriculum and provides a communication friendly and language rich environment.

Makaton training

"Makaton training has encouraged me to be more pro-active in encouraging other staff to sign around the school. Also to sign with whole school community not just children with SEN"

Makaton training is standardised and available across the UK. It will enable your staff team and families to learn skills that are proven to result in positive outcomes for children and young people with SEND.

Makaton training provides knowledge and skill to support children at all levels:

  • Awareness and understanding of the communication needs of children and young people.
  • An enhanced level enabling early practitioners, classroom support professionals, and teachers working directly with the child or young person on a regular basis, to adapt their communication appropriately.
  • A specialist level for professionals to develop expert skills and acquire in-depth knowledge and understanding who can then support and develop the skills of others, to better support children and young people with speech, language or communication needs.

Awareness
Makaton Taster to provide a basic understanding of communication needs and the benefits of using Makaton.

Enhanced
Makaton training for professionals, families and carers.

Specialist
Makaton tutor training.
Using Makaton in safeguarding.

Makaton resources

The Makaton Charity has developed a wide range of resources that can be used to support children and young people to develop their communication and language skills for use in their everyday life: at school, at home, at college, or out and about.

We also have a resource to help you create communication friendly environments and improve wayfinding around buildings.

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Email us at info@makaton.org

Call us on 01276 606760

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