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

Jacqueline Drew

Teresa Kennedy

Beverley Rudkin

Karen Allan

Nikki Duhig

Karen Kerr

Lily Russell

Tina Allen

Chloe Dunmor - Sharples

Jo King

Helen Rutherford

Cathy Andrews

Pete Dyer-Davies

Rachel Klein

Sally Samaroo

Ann Armstrong- Marshall

Emma Dyson

Hannah Knopp

Kim Louise Sankey

Maryam Asghar

Siobhan Edginton

Julie Lack

Amanda Sargent

Nicky Ashdown

Andrew Edwards

Lindsay Lambert

Rebecca Sarker

Sarah Ashford

Linda Edwards

Jennifer Law

Alison Saville

Katherine Baines

Denise Edwards

Caroline Lee

Catriona Scott

Ellen Baird

Non Elias

Donna Leitch

Jo Scruton

Sally Bannocks

Kizzie Elliott

Alison Lemmey

Tina Seed

Sylvia Baranyai

Mary Elton

Lorraine Lewin

Emma Shaw

Zoe Barrett

Gill  Emerson

Beth Loveday

Kieron Sheehy

Eve Barrett

Karen Essam

Fiona Lowsley

Sharon Shields

Iris Barrett

Clare Eubank

Andrew Maher

Angela Sidaway

June Battye

Amanda Evans

Jennie Markham

Kirsty Simmonds

Julie Baxter

Jennifer Evans

Karen Marshall

Charlotte Sireshuk

Liz Beattie

Kay Evans

Ursula Martinez-Sinistera

Jaci Smith

Susie Beaumont

Mark Evans

Frances Matterson

Sue Smith

Sara Beckett

Hannah Facey

Zöe McArthur

Suzanne Smith-Main

Nicky Beddows

Liz Farooq

Carol McCluskey

Sarah Smithson

Karen  Beecham

Cara Few

Enid McCracken

Tracy Snellgrove

Gwen  Bell

Sophie Fletcher

Beverley McCue

Natalie Spiller

Marie Bennington

Erica Ford

Paige McDonnell

Sarah Spiro

Sandra Bessant

Deborah Foster

Kirsty  McLaughlan

Ruth Sproson

Fiona Black

Susie Fox

Charlotte McLaughlin

Iona Stephens

Louise Blackley

Zoe Fox

Louise McMillan

Rob Stephens

Anthea Blake

Andrea Friend

Ann Miles

Iona Stephens

Lea Blundell

Julie Frith

Jayshri Mistry

Kristianne Stewart

Nicola Boggust

June Gardner

Jade Mohseni

Aly Stimson

Michael Bond

Sian Garwood

Julie Montagner

Claire Stoodley

Jamie Bonewell

Reshma George

Martina Montague

Sue Stridgen

Gemma Bradshaw

Nazya Ghalib

Soraya Monzon

Michelle (Midge) Sturman

Karen Brereton

Collette Gibbons

Reece Morgan

Linda Styles

Pat Broughton

Shirley Gilpin

Stephanie Morris

Anne Sugden

Cheryl Brown

Sally Goadby

Michelle Morrissey

Louise Tabone

Claire Brown

Tracy Goode

Carla Mottram

Leona Talsma

Suzanne  Brown

Michelle Gorrod

Carly Mullen

Philippa (Pippa) Tarran

Cheryl Brown

Pam Gough

Hilary Munro

Jonathan Tate

Claire Brown

Vicky Gould

Susie Murphy

Alicia Taylor

Susan Brown

Louise Graham

Melanie Napper

Sarah Taylor

Suzanne  Brown

Tracey Grant

Pauline Ndigirwa

Tracy Taylor

Marion Bruce

Julie  Gray

Lucy Newman

Alicia Taylor

Jo Bryson

Mandy Green

Lilias Nicholls

Charmaine Tearle

Julia Bull

Erica Grima

Caroline Nicolson

Sammy Tebano

Beca Burdett

Jill Grimley

Mandy Njie

Nicola Teoh


Jill Guest

Decima O'connell

Gwyneth Terrell

Alison Campbell

Cathy Hagan

Jude Oularé

Claire Theobald

Danielle Campbell

Linda Hall

Ilda Ourique

Hannah Thompson

Sabrina Campbell

Jennifer Hannam

Teresa Owen

Neil Thompson

Brenda Campbell-Smith

Agnete Klejs Hansen

Diane Owens

Margaret Thomson

Emma Cane

Amina Haque

Abby Oyenekan

Beverley  Thorne

Lucy Capon

Sarah Hargreaves

Dawn Palmer

Cinn Teng To

Gemma Capps

Lynsey Harley

Mary Palmer

Louise Toombs

Jenny Carter

Jacqueline Harries

Kelly Parkinson

Gerlind Tredinnick

Louisa Carter

Pauline  Harsant

Nafisha Patel

Anna Trim

Lindy Cartwright

Sian Harvey

Ann Payne

Kate Trow

Ruth Chandler

Stephanie Hathaway

Sally Peacock

Alison Tyrer

Jane Chesson

Liz Hawken-Allison

Sara Peaford Smith

Terri Unsworth

Sarah Clark

Cath Hayes

Vicki Pearson

Angela Upjohn

Tracy Clark

Dawn Hayles

Lucy Peat

Martin  Upton

Katherine Cobham

Louise Heatley

Keith Perkins

Janja Vodusek

Lucy Cochrane

Alastair Henderson

Fiona Petrie

James Wade

Anne Cockburn

Heather Henderson

Carly Philpot

Melanie Waite

Samantha Coleman - Celis

Julia Hill

Bethany Pickard

Maxine Waith

Lee Collier

June Hill

Suzanne Pickstone

Julie Walsh

Margaret Collingwood

Merle Hillhouse

Miranda Pole

Janine Walters

Emma Collins

Meriah Hobbs

Mandy Popham

Joyce Warburton

Margaret Collins

Melanie Hofton

Kelly Powell

Naomi  Webber

Peggy Collins

Rhoda Honeyman

Margaret Purcell

Annie Welsh

Emma Collins

Jenny Horn

Kelly Quinn

Jamie Weston

Ellie Collins

Claire Hornby

Sandra Quinn

Ann Whitehead

Eileen Colman

Sophie Howard

Claire Rainer

Rachel Whitmarsh

Wendy Cook

Mary Howden

Alison Rake

Monika Wieczorek

Elaine Cooper

Jo Hurst

Samantha Randall

Sarah Wilkins

Deborah Corcoran-Poole

Jen Inglis

Carol Randall

Emma Wilkinson

April Cowan

Jo Jackson

Tina Rawlinson

Alison Williams

Julie  Crook

Lisa Jackson

Suzanne Reade

Dani Winteringham

Sue D'alberti

Elaine  Jamieson

Jan Reeves

Sam  Wiseman

Delyth Dando

Angela Jenkinson

Amy  Reynolds

Elisa Witts

Janine Darling

Angela Jenkinson

Jazmin Reynolds

Heather Woods

Elizabeth Davies

Sarah Joslin

Shelley Ribbon

Lauren Woolley

Rebecca Davies

Steve Judd

Jenny Roberts

Charlotte Wootton

Rhian Davies

Steve Judd

Debbie Robinson

Cathy Workman

Vikki Denobrega

Ieva Jupe

Helen Roper


Rosie Dickens

Alison Kargbo

Sharon Rose


Alison Dixon

Janice Kelly

Heather Rose


Sarah Doherty

Rosie Kelly

Isla Ross


Kelly Down

Rhian Kemp

Barbara Rossington


Libby Downie

Catharine Kendall

Fay Rowland