Samuel Laycock School
Broadoak Road
Ashton Under Lyne, OL6 8RF


Helen Wilson
Telephone – 0161 344 1992

Welfare Line (school hours only)
07984 575 452


 General School Email: adminslk@newbridgegroup.org 

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Our Makaton Page

This week, I’d like to point you all in the direction of a relatively new section on our website…



At Samuel Laycock, we use Makaton as an additional and supporting means of communication, encouraging all staff and children to use it as they feel comfortable.

To support this, we have developed a dedicated Makaton section on the website. You can find it here:

Our Makaton Section 

As well as weekly ‘Sign of the Week’ videos, which are beautifully put together by Mrs Dudson and her helpers, and that you may have seen popping up on facebook, we have a section for you to send in your own videos, which we would then share (with your permission) on the website and on our social media.

You can send videos in by emailing the school office with ‘Makaton’ in the subject bar, as well as details about the video itself.

As it says on the website…

“Today over 100,000 children and adults use Makaton symbols and signs, either as their main method of communication or as a way to support speech.

In addition to children and adults with communication and learning difficulties and the community around them – for example, teachers, health professionals, friends, public service bodies etc. Makaton is increasingly used by the general public to aid communication.

Makaton has been shown to be useful for all sorts of people including those who struggle with understanding concepts, those who have poor literacy skills, including grammatical knowledge, and those with English as an Additional Language. By using Makaton, children and adults can take a more active part in life, because communication and language are the key to everything we do and learn.”

Let’s make our Makaton page a hive of activity and a place to celebrate this method of communication, both in and outside of school.

Have a brilliant weekend!

Helen Wilson