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Sharon & Nais M​akaton


Sharon Parnell - Licensed Makaton Tutor   |   Naomi Parnell - Licensed Makaton Tutor

Information you may want to know

See courses available for online training! 

Get excited… online training has arrived 🙌

We have been working hard to adapt our service within the current uncertain climate, to ensure we meet the needs of the Makaton community during these challenging times. We are delighted to announce that the Makaton Level 1 Workshop is now being delivered online by licenced Makaton Tutors.

All you need is a computer with a webcam and a stable internet connection.

How do I learn Makaton?

The best way to start learning Makaton is to attend Level 1 training. It means that you learn with other people, share your experiences, receive feedback on your signing and symbol work and enables you to practise 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.


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.


Once you have attended Level 1 training you can extend and deepen your understanding by attending Level 2 training: Level 1 and 2 training is often combined and delivered on consecutive days.

After completing Level 2 training you can complete your understanding of the Core Vocabulary by attending Level 3 training.

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

Makaton Tutors 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 have been trained and assessed by The Makaton Charity.

All of our 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.

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.