Tutor Training

Tutor Training is for those with experience of sign-supported communication who wish to train others. This course is not just about teaching vocabulary but developing the necessary skills to access and perform all of our vocabulary. Most training occurs at our training centre in Norwich, however we will deliver courses anywhere subject to a minimum of 4 participants. Depending on the size of the group, training will be delivered by 1 or 2 Senior Tutors over 4 or 5 consecutive days. The number of participants is limited to a maximum of 9 to ensure all trainees receive significant supervision and support.

Please note - Full Foundation status is not automatically guaranteed. Occasionally some trainees do not manage to complete all aspects of the course and may be offered Registered status. The trainee will be allocated a mentor who is a Registered Foundation Tutor in their area to provide guidance and support. When the trainee is ready to deliver their first Foundation course, the mentor will be available to co-tutor if required and subject to the outcome, may then become a Registered Foundation Tutor. 

Who May Become a Signalong Tutor?

Anyone with experience of sign-supported communication in a learning difficulty or autism environment. We prefer trainees to have completed a Signalong Foundation course, but we understand that this is not always possible. However, trainees must be familiar with the way that the Signalong vocabulary is presented, and will be given a copy of the Signalong Basic Vocabulary Phase 1 manual, which forms the basis of the course. Anyone beginning the training without having studied the manual will have great difficulty and may not be able to complete the course. If you are not sure that your experience is sufficient please ring us to discuss this. We reserve the right to exclude anyone from the course who does not demonstrate the required familiarity with the Signalong approach – this is a course for those who wish to train others, not for beginners.   

What Does the Course Entail?

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. You will explore all aspects of communication before learning about the history, philosophy & methodology of Signalong. Following this, you will look at who can benefit from using a sign-supported communication system and referencing the link between real objects to sign using core vocabulary. We will also cover generalisation, key words and symbolic understanding.

Trainees are given constant feedback and are actively encouraged to question all areas of the course content. Trainees are continually assessed and include completion of a Signalong Training Manual and conclude with a 1:1 Tutorial.  

What Training Can Signalong Tutors Offer?

On registration, Tutors can deliver a range of training including topic-based Workshops, Introductory and Foundation courses, Foundation Extension, Signalong Training Assistant (STAs) and Signalong for Learners. Tutors are not constrained by the charity as to where and to whom they may offer their services. While most Signalong courses are developed around the Basic Vocabulary Phase 1 manual, any vocabulary can be used according to the requirements of the environment.  Provided that the elements of Signalong are taught, these courses will be recognised by the charity. 

How Do Tutors Maintain Their Skills?

Registration is continuous  and Tutors must deliver training to maintain Foundation Tutor status and attend regional conferences at different locations at least once every 2 years. The conference will include Skills Workshops to ensure the quality of training is upheld. 

Can Tutors Provide Higher Level Training?

Experienced Tutors can offer a course based on Signalong Basic Vocabulary Phase 2, which develops skills introduced in a Foundation course (it is not necessary for the Tutor to restrict training to either Phase 1 for Foundation or Phase 2 for further development).   

What Support Do Signalong Tutors Receive?

Tutors have access to a closed area of the Signalong website which is a Tutor and member forum.  Here you will find all course administration forms and free downloadable resources. You will also be able to purchase resources specifically developed for Tutors to enhance their training delivery. Substantial discounts are given on manuals bought for training courses, and Tutors also receive 10% discount on publications for their own use and their establishment. Tutors can also vote at the Signalong AGM. Specific training issues can also be discussed in confidence with the office. 

Tutors are required to pay an annual registration fee, currently £160 + v.a.t. (First year's subscription included in course fee), register training courses and attend a Regional Conference every 2 years (this is included in the registration). 

What Will It Cost?

Self- funding professionals Professional Self- funding parents or unwaged







Limited double en-suite rooms in beautiful self- catering cottages are available on a first come basis of £300 per person, visit Fielding Cottage - Norfolk Holidays.  The cottages are available from 4pm on the Monday until the Friday morning and the cost can be added to the training fee invoice.


Signalong are now able to offer the following discounts*:

More than 1 participant from the same organisation 5%

3- 4 participants from the same organisation 10%

5 and over participants from the same organisation 15%

Charitable organisations with a turnover of less than £250,000 will receive 10% discount  (Please note this must be supported in your company accounts at the Charities Commission)

* applies to invoices paid in full within 30 days

Tutor Training Dates

Our new home venue is Fieldings, Honingham, Norwich, NR9 5DJ only 20 minutes from Norwich International Airport. We are also able to offer self-catering accommodation on-site on a first come basis. 

Course Dates: 


Mon December 2nd - 5th 2019

Houstoun House Hotel, Livingston, SCOTLAND 




Tuesday February 4th - 7th  2020 Honingham, NORWICH

For further information please contact Tracy Goode