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

Lindsay Lambert

Lily Russell

Karen Allan

Emma Dyson

Jennifer Law

Helen Rutherford

Tina Allen

Siobhan Edginton

Caroline Lee

Sally Samaroo

Cathy Andrews

Andrew Edwards

Donna Leitch

Kim Louise Sankey

Ann Armstrong- Marshall

Linda Edwards

Alison Lemmey

Amanda Sargent

Maryam Asghar

Denise Edwards

Lorraine Lewin

Rebecca Sarker

Sarah Ashford

Non Elias

Iwona Litwiniec

Alison Saville

Katherine Baines

Mary Elton

Beth Loveday

Catriona Scott

Ellen Baird

Gill  Emerson

Fiona Lowsley

Jo Scruton

Sally Bannocks

Karen Essam

Andrew Maher

Emma Shaw

Zoe Barrett

Clare Eubank

Jennie Markham

Kieron Sheehy

Eve Barrett

Amanda Evans

Karen Marshall

Sharon Shields

Iris Barrett

Jennifer Evans

Ursula Martinez-Sinistera

Angela Sidaway

June Battye

Kay Evans

Zöe McArthur

Kirsty Simmonds

Julie Baxter

Hannah Facey

Enid McCracken

Amanda Sinclair

Liz Beattie

Liz Farooq

Beverley McCue

Charlotte Sireshuk

Susie Beaumont

Cara Few

Paige McDonnell

Jaci Smith

Sara Beckett

Sophie Fletcher

Laura McGoldrick

Sue Smith

Nicky Beddows

Erica Ford

Kirsty  McLaughlan

Suzanne Smith-Main

Karen  Beecham

Deborah Foster

Charlotte McLaughlin

Sarah Smithson

Gwen  Bell

Susie Fox

Louise McMillan

Tracy Snellgrove

Marie Bennington

Zoe Fox

Ann Miles

Shirley soloman

Sandra Bessant

Andrea Friend

Jayshri Mistry

Natalie Spiller

Fiona Black

June Gardner

Julie Montagner

Sarah Spiro

Louise Blackley

Sian Garwood

Martina Montague

Iona Stephens

Anthea Blake

Reshma George

Soraya Monzon

Kristianne Stewart

Michael Bond

Nazya Ghalib

Jackie Moore

Aly Stimson

Jamie Bonewell

Collette Gibbons

Reece Morgan

Claire Stoodley

Gemma Bradshaw

Shirley Gilpin

Stephanie Morris

Sue Stridgen

Karen Brereton

Sally Goadby

Michelle Morrissey

Michelle (Midge) Sturman

Pat Broughton

Tracy Goode

Carla Mottram

Linda Styles

Cheryl Brown

Samantha Goodwin

Carly Mullen

Anne Sugden

Claire Brown

Michelle Gorrod

Hilary Munro

Louise Tabone

Susan Brown

Pam Gough

Susie Murphy

Leona Talsma

Suzanne  Brown

Vicky Gould

Melanie Napper

Philippa (Pippa) Tarran

Marion Bruce

Louise Graham

Pauline Ndigirwa

Jonathan Tate

Jo Bryson

Tracey Grant

Lucy Newman

Alicia Taylor

Julia Bull

Julie  Gray

Lilias Nicholls

Sarah Taylor

Beca Burdett

Mandy Green

Caroline Nicolson

Tracy Taylor

Fiona Buttle

Erica Grima

Mandy Njie

Charmaine Tearle

Jade Cameron

Jill Grimley

Decima O'Connell

Nicola Teoh

Alison Campbell

Jill Guest

Jane Olivey

Gwyneth Terrell

Danielle Campbell

Cathy Hagan

Jude Oularé

Claire Theobald

Sabrina Campbell

Linda Hall

Ilda Ourique

Claire Thomas

Brenda Campbell

Julia Hanks

Teresa Owen

Hannah Thompson

Brenda Campbell-Smith

Jennifer Hannam

Diane Owens

Neil Thompson

Emma Cane

Agnete Klejs Hansen

Abby Oyenekan

Margaret Thomson

Lucy Capon

Amina Haque

Dawn Palmer

Beverley  Thorne

Gemma Capps

Sarah Hargreaves

Mary Palmer

Cinn Teng To

Jenny Carter

Jacqueline Harries

Kelly Parkinson

Louise Toombs

Louisa Carter

Sian Harvey

Nafisha Patel

Gerlind Tredinnick

Lindy Cartwright

Stephanie Hathaway

James Patrick

Anna Trim

Ruth Chandler

Cath Hayes

Ann Payne

Kate Trow

Jane Chesson

Dawn Hayles

Sally Peacock

Alison Tyrer

Sarah Clark

Alastair Henderson

Sara Peaford Smith

Terri Unsworth

Tracy Clark

Heather Henderson

Vicki Pearson

Angela Upjohn

Katherine Cobham

Julia Hill

Lucy Peat

Martin  Upton

Lucy Cochrane

Merle Hillhouse

Keith Perkins

Janja Vodusek

Anne Cockburn

Meriah Hobbs

Matthew Perryman

James Wade

Samantha Coleman - Celis

Melanie Hofton

Fiona Petrie

Melanie Waite

Lee Collier

Catherine Holyland

Carly Philpot

Maxine Waith

Margaret Collingwood

Rhoda Honeyman

Bethany Pickard

Julie Walsh

Peggy Collins

Jenny Horn

Suzanne Pickstone

Janine Walters

Emma Collins

Sophie Howard

Mandy Popham

Joyce Warburton

Ellie Collins

Mary Howden

Kelly Powell

Naomi  Webber

Eileen Colman

Heather Hurt

Katie Price

Lisa Welch

Wendy Cook

Jen Inglis

Margaret Purcell

Annie Welsh

Elaine Cooper

Jo Jackson

Kelly Quinn

Jamie Weston

Deborah Corcoran-Poole

Elaine  Jamieson

Sandra Quinn

Janice Whitaker

April Cowan

Angela Jenkinson

Claire Rainer

Ann Whitehead

Julie  Crook

Sarah Joslin

Alison Rake

Rachel Whitmarsh

Sue D'Alberti

Steve Judd

Samantha Randall

Monika Wieczorek

Delyth Dando

Ieva Jupe

Carol Randall

Sarah Wilkins

Janine Darling

Alison Kargbo

Tina Rawlinson

Emma Wilkinson

Elizabeth Davies

Jane Keese

Suzanne Reade

David Willets

Rebecca Davies

Janice Kelly

Jan Reeves

Alison Williams

Rhian Davies

Rosie Kelly

Jazmin Reynolds

Dani Winteringham

Frances Davies

Rhian Kemp

Shelley Ribbon

Sam  Wiseman

Vikki Denobrega

Catharine Kendall

Debbie Robinson

Elisa Witts

Rosie Dickens

Teresa Kennedy

Helen Roper

Heather Woods

Alison Dixon

Karen Kerr

Heather Rose

Lauren Woolley

Kelly Down

Jo King

Isla Ross

Charlotte Wootton

Libby Downie

Rachel Klein

Barbara Rossington

Cathy Workman

Jacqueline Drew

Hannah Knopp

Fay Rowland


Nikki Duhig

Julie Lack

Beverley Rudkin