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

Pete Dyer-Davies

Jennifer Law

Helen Rutherford

Karen Allan

Emma Dyson

Caroline Lee

Sally Samaroo

Tina Allen

Siobhan Edginton

Donna Leitch

Kim Louise Sankey

Cathy Andrews

Andrew Edwards

Alison Lemmey

Amanda Sargent

Ann Armstrong- Marshall

Linda Edwards

Lorraine Lewin

Rebecca Sarker

Maryam Asghar

Denise Edwards

Iwona Litwiniec

Alison Saville

Sarah Ashford

Non Elias

Beth Loveday

Catriona Scott

Katherine Baines

Mary Elton

Fiona Lowsley

Jo Scruton

Ellen Baird

Gill  Emerson

Andrew Maher

Emma Shaw

Sally Bannocks

Karen Essam

Jennie Markham

Kieron Sheehy

Zoe Barrett

Clare Eubank

Karen Marshall

Sharon Shields

Eve Barrett

Amanda Evans

Ursula Martinez-Sinistera

Angela Sidaway

Iris Barrett

Jennifer Evans

Zöe McArthur

Kirsty Simmonds

June Battye

Kay Evans

Enid McCracken

Charlotte Sireshuk

Julie Baxter

Hannah Facey

Beverley McCue

Jaci Smith

Liz Beattie

Liz Farooq

Paige McDonnell

Sue Smith

Susie Beaumont

Cara Few

Laura McGoldrick

Suzanne Smith-Main

Sara Beckett

Sophie Fletcher

Kirsty  McLaughlan

Sarah Smithson

Nicky Beddows

Erica Ford

Charlotte McLaughlin

Tracy Snellgrove

Karen  Beecham

Deborah Foster

Louise McMillan

Shirley soloman

Gwen  Bell

Susie Fox

Ann Miles

Natalie Spiller

Marie Bennington

Zoe Fox

Jayshri Mistry

Sarah Spiro

Sandra Bessant

Andrea Friend

Julie Montagner

Iona Stephens

Fiona Black

June Gardner

Martina Montague

Kristianne Stewart

Louise Blackley

Sian Garwood

Soraya Monzon

Aly Stimson

Anthea Blake

Reshma George

Jackie Moore

Claire Stoodley

Michael Bond

Nazya Ghalib

Reece Morgan

Sue Stridgen

Jamie Bonewell

Collette Gibbons

Stephanie Morris

Michelle (Midge) Sturman

Gemma Bradshaw

Shirley Gilpin

Michelle Morrissey

Linda Styles

Karen Brereton

Sally Goadby

Carla Mottram

Anne Sugden

Pat Broughton

Tracy Goode

Carly Mullen

Louise Tabone

Cheryl Brown

Michelle Gorrod

Hilary Munro

Leona Talsma

Claire Brown

Pam Gough

Susie Murphy

Philippa (Pippa) Tarran

Susan Brown

Vicky Gould

Melanie Napper

Jonathan Tate

Suzanne  Brown

Louise Graham

Pauline Ndigirwa

Alicia Taylor

Marion Bruce

Tracey Grant

Lucy Newman

Sarah Taylor

Jo Bryson

Julie  Gray

Lilias Nicholls

Tracy Taylor

Julia Bull

Mandy Green

Caroline Nicolson

Charmaine Tearle

Beca Burdett

Erica Grima

Mandy Njie

Nicola Teoh

Fiona Buttle

Jill Grimley

Decima O'Connell

Gwyneth Terrell

Jade Cameron

Jill Guest

Jane Olivey

Claire Theobald

Alison Campbell

Cathy Hagan

Jude Oularé

Hannah Thompson

Danielle Campbell

Linda Hall

Ilda Ourique

Neil Thompson

Sabrina Campbell

Julia Hanks

Teresa Owen

Margaret Thomson

Brenda Campbell

Jennifer Hannam

Diane Owens

Beverley  Thorne

Brenda Campbell-Smith

Agnete Klejs Hansen

Abby Oyenekan

Cinn Teng To

Emma Cane

Amina Haque

Dawn Palmer

Louise Toombs

Lucy Capon

Sarah Hargreaves

Mary Palmer

Gerlind Tredinnick

Gemma Capps

Jacqueline Harries

Kelly Parkinson

Anna Trim

Jenny Carter

Sian Harvey

Nafisha Patel

Kate Trow

Louisa Carter

Stephanie Hathaway

James Patrick

Alison Tyrer

Lindy Cartwright

Cath Hayes

Ann Payne

Terri Unsworth

Ruth Chandler

Dawn Hayles

Sally Peacock

Angela Upjohn

Jane Chesson

Alastair Henderson

Sara Peaford Smith

Martin  Upton

Sarah Clark

Heather Henderson

Vicki Pearson

Janja Vodusek

Tracy Clark

Julia Hill

Lucy Peat

James Wade

Katherine Cobham

Merle Hillhouse

Keith Perkins

Melanie Waite

Lucy Cochrane

Meriah Hobbs

Matthew Perryman

Maxine Waith

Anne Cockburn

Melanie Hofton

Fiona Petrie

Julie Walsh

Samantha Coleman - Celis

Catherine Holyland

Carly Philpot

Janine Walters

Lee Collier

Rhoda Honeyman

Bethany Pickard

Joyce Warburton

Margaret Collingwood

Jenny Horn

Suzanne Pickstone

Naomi  Webber

Peggy Collins

Sophie Howard

Mandy Popham

Lisa Welch

Emma Collins

Mary Howden

Kelly Powell

Annie Welsh

Ellie Collins

Heather Hurt

Katie Price

Jamie Weston

Eileen Colman

Jen Inglis

Margaret Purcell

Janice Whitaker

Wendy Cook

Jo Jackson

Kelly Quinn

Ann Whitehead

Elaine Cooper

Elaine  Jamieson

Sandra Quinn

Rachel Whitmarsh

Deborah Corcoran-Poole

Angela Jenkinson

Claire Rainer

Monika Wieczorek

April Cowan

Sarah Joslin

Alison Rake

Sarah Wilkins

Julie  Crook

Steve Judd

Samantha Randall

Emma Wilkinson

Sue D'Alberti

Ieva Jupe

Carol Randall

David Willets

Delyth Dando

Alison Kargbo

Tina Rawlinson

Alison Williams

Janine Darling

Jane Keese

Suzanne Reade

Dani Winteringham

Elizabeth Davies

Janice Kelly

Jan Reeves

Sam  Wiseman

Rebecca Davies

Rosie Kelly

Jazmin Reynolds

Elisa Witts

Rhian Davies

Rhian Kemp

Shelley Ribbon

Heather Woods

Frances Davies

Catharine Kendall

Debbie Robinson

Lauren Woolley

Vikki Denobrega

Teresa Kennedy

Helen Roper

Charlotte Wootton

Rosie Dickens

Karen Kerr

Heather Rose

Cathy Workman

Alison Dixon

Jo King

Isla Ross


Kelly Down

Rachel Klein

Barbara Rossington


Libby Downie

Hannah Knopp

Fay Rowland


Jacqueline Drew

Julie Lack

Beverley Rudkin


Nikki Duhig

Lindsay Lambert

Lily Russell