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

The Makaton Friendly scheme recognises local organisations and businesses that strive to make their services accessible to children and adults who use Makaton.

Rocklands School is proud to be recognised as 'Makaton Friendly'.


For more information, visit the Makaton website:


Donna Millais is Rocklands' Makaton Accredited Regional Tutor.

Makaton Revised Training – Level 1 and Level 2
The Makaton Charity has combined the two previous training pathways for professionals and parents/carers into one route to make Makaton training more streamlined and easier to access. As a result, we are proud to announce the revised Makaton Workshops named Level 1 and Level 2.  These workshops are based on the previous Beginners’ and Foundation Workshops and are a combination of the best of both. The Level 1 and Level 2 Workshops combined provide the same level of knowledge and vocabulary as a complete Beginners’ or Foundation Workshop. 

This flexible and blended approach provides an interactive and hands-on workshop. By combining the two pathways we have made Makaton training more streamlined which provides a more accessible and inclusive learning environment. The workshops are now aimed at both professionals and parents/carers which means that all Makaton users can share a wide range of personal experiences, from using Makaton within the family to school, work and everyday life.

Feedback received from the pilot has been extremely positive:

  • “Excellent course, best I’ve been on for ages”
  • “I love the interaction”
  • “I can’t believe we have all learnt SO much!”


Well done to the staff who have just completed their Makaton Enhancement workshop.
A new feature we hope you will like is 'The Sign of The Week' Each week Makaton promote a sign of the week. So we have joined in, and around school you will see posters , some class blogs will have children's videos of them using the sign. And we will be regularly updating this page.