Makaton Friendly Status

4th October 2016
We have received confirmation that we have been recognised as a Makaton Friendly School by the Makaton Organisation.

The Makaton Friendly scheme is designed to recognise organisations or businesses that currently use Makaton in a simple, informal way to make Makaton users feel welcome and enable them to access services within their community.  

All organisations that have been awarded Makaton Friendly status have demonstrated that they:

  • Understand that different people use alternative ways to communicate.  They may use speech, signs, symbols or electronic devices to support or instead of, spoken language.
  • Provide a supportive and welcoming environment so that people who have learning or communication difficulties, old or young, can take part in the services that are provided.
  • Use some Makaton symbols and signs.  For example, use a few signs like 'hello' and 'drink' or use Makaton symbols to label doors such as toilets and exits.
  • Support people who use Makaton to access services that everyone else can.