Makaton uses signs and symbols to help people communicate. It is designed to support spoken language and the signs and symbols are used with speech in spoken word order.

With Makaton, children and adults can communicate straight away using the signs and symbols.

Makaton is used each and every day in our school. It is something that everyone is taught including school students and staff, mealtime supervisors, office staff, management, speech and language therapists, physiotherapists, bus drivers, escorts and our parents too.

We also have a Makaton Choir in school which consists of a range of students from all the departments. At the moment we are working on a production for the Spenborough Trust Christmas Concert

We have sign and sing sessions throughout school where a range of Makaton signs are taught these are a firm favourite with the students!

If parents/carers would like any more information about Makaton and/or help using it with their child or they would like to attend a makaton training session please contact Tracey Fillan 01924 326103 or email

For more information please visit the Makaton Charity website