Makaton is a language support programme that uses 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.

Makaton uses signs, symbols and speech to help people communicate. It provides extra clues about what someone is saying. By using signs we support our young people who have little speech or whose speech is at present unclear.

All staff at St Clare’s are trained in using Makaton, and it is utilised where required to support communication and learning across the school.

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All staff at St Clare’s are trained to use at least Foundation Stage Makaton.

We have a fully qualified Regional Tutor who is able to support staff training to a qualified level.