Training for everyone

Unlike British Sign Language training or that provided by some other organisations, Signalong training focuses on developing communication skills rather than teaching blocks of signs, many of which will be quickly forgotten through lack of use. The precise Signalong method of presentation enables users to remind themselves of signs which have been forgotten and to learn new signs from the manuals. Training programmes are thus able to stress aspects of the application of sign-supported communication. These include: aspects of total communication, such as facial expression, body language and voice tone; plus simplification of language and keyword selection; reading signs performed by others.

The Signalong Group is a member of the Laser Learning Awards (LLA) providing training programmes which are externally moderated and carry transferable credits.

Training Courses in Sign-supported Communication

Workshops: This training can be tailored to the needs of any organisation and is useful to introduce communication skills to new staff and family members. The emphasis is on the practical application of signing. Introductory courses can be full or ½-day in duration.

½ Day Workshop: They are frequently topic based, depending on the needs of the group. We cover a brief history, philosophy and methodology of Signalong before teaching approximately 50 key words, but you will learn the necessary skills to read and produce any sign in our range of over 70 manuals. We will also provide activities to put the vocabulary into context i.e. sentence practice, plays etc.

8 Hour Introductory:  This course goes a little deeper and includes generalisation, symbolic understanding and key word activities.

Foundation: The Foundation Course develops skills to a level where practitioners can apply signing in their own environment and includes some elements of communication theory. It is a 15-hour course normally delivered over an extended period, and is the basic building block of Signalong training.This is our most popular course and is, usually delivered over a 10 week period. It covers the whole of the vocabulary in the chosen Signalong manual (frequently Phase 1 approx. 360 words).

LLA Elementary Signing Skills:Beginners 1Beginners 2Peer Learning

10-hour courses for service users carrying a nationally-recognised certificate of achievement in communication (1 credit at Pre-entry and Entry levels). The Peer Learning course is for people with additional learning needs who would like to teach their peers to sign.

LLA Introductory Level 1: A 10-hour introductory qualification for staff providing a grounding in the skills needed for sign-supported communication (1 credit at Level 1).

LLA Intermediate (Level 2 Upgrade): A 20-hour course for holders of the level 1 certificate to gain the level 2 qualification.LLA Intermediate (Level 2): This 30-hour course (24 hours taught, 6 private study) develops the themes of the Foundation course and carries 3 credits at LLA level 2.

Tutor Training Programme:  Signalong training is delivered by Registered or Registered Foundation Tutors. The Tutor Training Course is a comprehensive 4/5 day programme for people who have experience of signing in the context of learning difficulties, autism or the particular field in which they need to use augmentative communication. During the course Signalong methodology is explored, elements of language development are discussed and participants have the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of teaching techniques and theory by preparing and delivering several presentations. Trainees are given constant feedback and are actively encouraged to question all aspects of the course content. Trainees are continually assessed over 4/5 consecutive days and are required to complete a Training Manual and participate in an individual discussion. Tutors will be awarded either Registered or Registered Foundation status.


Don't worry if you don't find someone local to you - most of our Tutors are happy for enquiries to be passed on through the Signalong Centre. Contact to ask for help.

For further information about Signalong Training or to discuss particular training needs please call on 01634 727087.

View details of Tutors in your area


The charity provides regular development and refresher seminars to keep Tutors' skills fresh and to maintain quality control. Tutor Training Courses are held at the Signalong Centre in Kent and in other locations several times each year.

Registered & Registered Foundation Tutors

Please ensure your training is delivered by one of our Registered Tutors on the list below. If you are Tutor and are not on the list, please contact the office.

Karen Allan

Nikki Duhig

Agnete Klejs Hansen

Kim Sankey

Tina Allen

Chloe Dumor-Sharples

Hannah Knopp

Amanda Sargent

Cathy Andrews

Pete Dyer-Davies

Julie Lack

Rebecca Sarker

Ann Armstrong-Marshall

Siobian Edginton

Lindsay Lambert

Alison Saville

Maryam Asghar

Andrew Edwards

Caroline Lee

Catriona Scott

Nicky Ashdown

Non Elias

Alison Lemmy

Jo Scruton

Sarah Ashford

Kizzie Elliot

Beth Loveday

Tina Seed

Ellen Baird

Mary Elton

Fiona Lowsley

Emma Shaw

Sylvia Baranyai

Gill Emerson

Andrew Maher

Kieron Sheehy

Eve Barrett

Clare Eubank

Karen Marshall

Angela Sidaway

Iris Barrett

Amanda Evans

Ursula Martinez-Sinistera

Kirsty Simmonds

Zoe Barrett

Jennifer Evans

Zoe McArthur

Charlotte Sireshuk

Julie Baxter

Kay Evans

Carol McCluskey

Jaci Smith

Liz Beattie

Mark Evans

Enid McCracken

Sue Smith

Susie Beaumount

Hannah Facey

Bev McCue

Suzanne Smith-Main

Nicky Beddows

Gail Fahed

Paige McDonnell

Tracy Snellgrove

Karen Beechan

Liz Farooq

Kirsty McLaughlan

Sarah Spiro

Gwen Bell

Cara Few

Charlotte McLaughlin

Ruth Sproson

Marie Bennington

Sophie Fletcher

Louise McMillan

Iona Stephens

Sandra Bessant

Erica Ford

Ann Miles

Rob Stephens

Fiona Black

Deborah Foster

Jayshri Mistry

Kristianne Stewart

Louise Blackley

Susie Fox

Jade Mohseni

Aly Stimson

Anthea Blake

Zoe Fox

Julie Montagner

Claire Stoodley

Lea Blundell

Julia Frith

Martina Montague

Michelle Sturman

Nicola Boggust

Reshma George

Soraya Monzon

Linda Styles

Michael Bond

Nazya Ghalib

Reece Morgan

Anne Sugden

Jamie Bonewell

Collette Gibbons

Michelle Morrisey

Louise Tabone

Gemma Bradshaw

Shirley Gilpin

Carla Mottram

Leona Talsma

Karen Brereton

Sally Goadby

Carly Mullen

Philippa Tarran

Patricia Broughton

Tracy Goode

Hilary Munro

Jonathan Tate

Cheryl Brown

Michelle Gorrod

Melanie Napper

Alicia Taylor

Claire Brown

Pam Gough

Pauline Ndigirwa

Sarah Taylor

Suzanne Brown

Vicky Gould

Lucy Newman

Charmine Tearle

Marion Bruce

Louise Graham

Lilias Nicholls

Sammy Tebano

Jo Bryson

Tracey Grant

Mandy Njie

Cinn Teng To

Julia Bull

Julie Gray

Decima O'Connell

Gwyneth Terrell

Beca Burdett

Mandy Green

Jude Oulare

Claire Theobald

Fiona Buttle

Jill Guest

Ilda Ourique

Hannah Thompson

Alison Campbell

Cathy Hagan

Teresa Owen

Neil Thompson

Danielle Campbell

Linda Hall

Diane Owens

Margaret Thomson

Emma Cane

Jennifer Hannam

Abby Oyenekan

Louise Toombs

Lucy Capon

Amina Haque

Dawn Palmer

Gerlind Tredinnick

Jenny Carter

Sarah Hargreaves

Nafisha Patel

Anna Trim

Louisa Carter

Jacqueline Harries

Ann Payne

Kate Trow

Lindy Cartwright

Pauline Harsant

Sally Peacock

Alison Tyrer

Ruth Chandler

Stephanie Hathaway

Sara Peaford-Smith

Terri Unsworth

Jane Chesson

Liz Hawken-Allison

Vicki Pearson

Angela Upjohn

Sarah Clark

Cath Hayes

Lucy Peat

Martin Upton

Tracy Clark

Louise Heatley

Keith Perkins

James Wade

Kathrine Cobham

Alastair Henderson

Carly Philpot

Maxine Waith

Lucy Cochrane

Heather Henderson

Bethany Pickard

Julie Walsh

Anne Cockburn

Julia Hill

Suzanne Pickstone

Joyce Warburton

Samantha Coleman-Celis

June Hill

Miranda Pole

Annie Welsh

Lee Collier

Merle Hillhouse

Mandy Popham

Rachel Whitmarsh

Margaret Collingwood

Meriah Hobbs

Kelly  Powell

Monkia Wiezorek

Emma Collins

Rhoda Honeyman

Margaret Purcell

Sarah Wilkins

Margaret Collins

Claire Hornby

Kelly Quinn

Emma Wilkinson

Peggy Collins

Sophie Howard

Claire Louise Rainer

Alison Williams

Ellie Collins

Jo Hurst

Samantha Randall

Dani Winteringham

Eileen Colman

Heather Hurt

Tina Rawlinson

Sam Wiseman

Wendy Cook

Jen Inglis

Suzanne Reade

Elisa Witts

Elaine Cooper

Jo Jackson

Jan Reeves

Heather Woods

Deborah Corcoran-Poole

Lisa Jackson

Amy Reynolds

Lauren Woolley

April Cowan

Elaine Jamieson

Jazmin Reynolds

Cathy Workman

Julie Crook

Angela Jenkinson

Shelley Ribbon


Sue D'Alberti

Sarah Joslin

Jenny Roberts


Delyth  Dando

Steve Judd

Debbie Robnson


Janine Darling

Ieva Jupe

Helen Roper


Elizabeth Davies

Janice Kelly

Sharon Rose


Rebecca Davies

Rosie Kelly

Isla Ross


Frances Davies

Rhian Kemp

Barbara Rossington


Rosie Dickens

Catharine Kendall

Fay Rowland


Alison Dixon

Teresa Caroline Kennedy

Beverley Rudkin


Sarah Doherty

Jo King

Helen Rutherford


Kelly Down

Rachel Klein

Sally Samaroo