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.

Ayo Akinnola

Andrew Edwards

Alison Lemmey

Alison Saville

Karen Allan

Linda Edwards

Lorraine Lewin

Catriona Scott

Tina Allen

Denise Edwards

Iwona Litwiniec

Jo Scruton

Cathy Andrews

Non Elias

Beth Loveday

Emma Shaw

Ann Armstrong- Marshall


Fiona Lowsley

Kieron Sheehy

Maryam Asghar

Mary Elton

Andrew Maher

Sharon Shields

Sarah Ashford

Gill  Emerson

Jennie Markham

Angela Sidaway

Katherine Baines

Karen Essam

Karen Marshall

Kirsty Simmonds

Ellen Baird

Clare Eubank

Ursula Martinez-Sinistera

Charlotte Sireshuk

Sally Bannocks

Amanda Evans

Zöe McArthur

Jaci Smith

Zoe Barrett

Jennifer Evans

Enid McCracken

Sue Smith

Eve Barrett

Kay Evans

Beverley McCue

Suzanne Smith-Main

Iris Barrett

Hannah Facey

Paige McDonnell

Sarah Smithson

June Battye

Liz Farooq

Laura McGoldrick

Tracy Snellgrove

Julie Baxter

Cara Few

Kirsty  McLaughlan

Shirley soloman

Liz Beattie

Sophie Fletcher

Charlotte McLaughlin

Natalie Spiller

Susie Beaumont

Erica Ford

Louise McMillan

Sarah Spiro

Sara Beckett

Deborah Foster

Ann Miles


Nicky Beddows

Susie Fox

Jayshri Mistry

Iona Stephens

Karen  Beecham

Zoe Fox

Jade Mohseni


Gwen  Bell

Andrea Friend

Julie Montagner

Iona Stephens

Marie Bennington

June Gardner

Martina Montague

Kristianne Stewart

Sandra Bessant

Sian Garwood

Soraya Monzon

Aly Stimson

Fiona Black

Reshma George

Reece Morgan

Claire Stoodley

Louise Blackley

Nazya Ghalib

Stephanie Morris

Sue Stridgen

Anthea Blake

Collette Gibbons

Michelle Morrissey

Michelle (Midge) Sturman

Michael Bond

Shirley Gilpin

Carla Mottram

Linda Styles

Jamie Bonewell

Sally Goadby

Carly Mullen

Anne Sugden

Gemma Bradshaw

Tracy Goode

Hilary Munro

Louise Tabone

Karen Brereton

Michelle Gorrod

Susie Murphy

Leona Talsma

Pat Broughton

Pam Gough

Melanie Napper

Philippa (Pippa) Tarran

Suzanne  Brown

Vicky Gould

Pauline Ndigirwa

Jonathan Tate

Cheryl Brown

Louise Graham

Lucy Newman

Alicia Taylor

Claire Brown

Tracey Grant

Lilias Nicholls

Sarah Taylor

Susan Brown

Julie  Gray

Caroline Nicolson

Tracy Taylor

Suzanne  Brown

Mandy Green

Mandy Njie

Charmaine Tearle

Marion Bruce

Erica Grima

Decima O'Connell

Nicola Teoh

Jo Bryson

Jill Grimley

Jane Olivey

Gwyneth Terrell

Julia Bull

Jill Guest

Jude Oularé

Claire Theobald

Beca Burdett

Cathy Hagan

Ilda Ourique

Hannah Thompson

Fiona Buttle

Linda Hall

Teresa Owen

Neil Thompson

Alison Campbell

Julia Hanks

Diane Owens

Margaret Thomson

Danielle Campbell

Jennifer Hannam

Abby Oyenekan

Beverley  Thorne

Sabrina Campbell

Agnete Klejs Hansen

Dawn Palmer

Cinn Teng To

brenda campbell

Amina Haque

Mary Palmer

Louise Toombs

Brenda Campbell-Smith

Sarah Hargreaves

Kelly Parkinson

Gerlind Tredinnick

Emma Cane


Nafisha Patel

Anna Trim

Lucy Capon

Jacqueline Harries

James Patrick

Kate Trow

Gemma Capps


Ann Payne

Alison Tyrer

Jenny Carter

Sian Harvey

Sally Peacock

Terri Unsworth

Louisa Carter

Stephanie Hathaway

Sara Peaford Smith

Angela Upjohn

Lindy Cartwright

Cath Hayes

Vicki Pearson

Martin  Upton

Ruth Chandler

Dawn Hayles

Lucy Peat

Janja Vodusek

Jane Chesson

Alastair Henderson

Keith Perkins

James Wade

Sarah Clark

Heather Henderson

Matthew Perryman

Melanie Waite

Tracy Clark

Julia Hill

Fiona Petrie

Maxine Waith

Katherine Cobham

Merle Hillhouse

Carly Philpot

Julie Walsh

Lucy Cochrane

Meriah Hobbs

Bethany Pickard

Janine Walters

Anne Cockburn

Melanie Hofton

Suzanne Pickstone

Joyce Warburton

Samantha Coleman - Celis

Catherine Holyland

Mandy Popham

Naomi  Webber

Lee Collier

Rhoda Honeyman

Kelly Powell

Lisa Welch

Margaret Collingwood

Jenny Horn

Katie Price

Annie Welsh

Peggy Collins

Sophie Howard

Margaret Purcell

Jamie Weston

Emma Collins

Mary Howden

Kelly Quinn

Janice Whitaker

Ellie Collins

Heather Hurt

Sandra Quinn

Ann Whitehead

Eileen Colman

Jen Inglis

Claire Rainer

Rachel Whitmarsh

Wendy Cook

Jo Jackson

Samantha Randall

Monika Wieczorek

Elaine Cooper

Elaine  Jamieson

Carol Randall

Sarah Wilkins

Deborah Corcoran-Poole

Angela Jenkinson

Tina Rawlinson

Emma Wilkinson

April Cowan

Sarah Joslin

Suzanne Reade

David Willets

Julie  Crook

Steve Judd

Jan Reeves

Alison Williams

Sue D'Alberti

Ieva Jupe

Jazmin Reynolds

Dani Winteringham

Delyth Dando

Alison Kargbo

Shelley Ribbon

Sam  Wiseman

Janine Darling

Jane Keese

Jenny Roberts

Elisa Witts

Elizabeth Davies

Janice Kelly

Debbie Robinson

Heather Woods

Rebecca Davies

Rosie Kelly

Helen Roper

Lauren Woolley

Rhian Davies

Rhian Kemp

Heather Rose

Charlotte Wootton

Frances Davies

Catharine Kendall

Isla Ross

Cathy Workman

Vikki Denobrega

Teresa Kennedy

Barbara Rossington


Rosie Dickens

Karen Kerr

Fay Rowland


Alison Dixon

Jo King

Beverley Rudkin


Kelly Down

Rachel Klein

Lily Russell


Libby Downie

Hannah Knopp

Helen Rutherford


Jacqueline Drew

Julie Lack

Sally Samaroo


Nikki Duhig

Lindsay Lambert

Kim Louise Sankey


Pete Dyer-Davies

Jennifer Law

Amanda Sargent


Emma Dyson

Caroline Lee

Rebecca Sarker


Siobhan Edginton

Donna Leitch