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 

Safeguarding and Welfare Email c/o Welfare Manager: 


Welcome to our Makaton section!

Here you will find information, videos and resources related to Makaton and how we use this fantastic language of symbols and signs throughout Samuel Laycock School.

“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.”

Sign of the Week

Here you will find our weekly SOTW videos, available on our own YouTube channel – NewTube

20th September 2023 – Sign of the Week

‘In’, ‘Now’, ‘Next’


14th September 2023 – Sign of the Week

‘School’, ‘Yes’, ‘No’

‘School’, ‘Yes’, ‘No’

13th January 2023 – Days of the Week

‘Monday’, ‘Tuesday’, ‘Wednesday’, ‘Thursday’ and ‘Friday’

23rd November 2022 ‘ ‘Worried’/ ‘Proud’

‘Worried’/ ‘Proud’

16th Novemeber 2022 – ‘Angry/ Excited’

‘Angry/ Excited’ 

1st November 2022 – ‘Happy’ and ‘Sad’

11th October 2022 – ‘Red, Green, Yellow and Blue’

‘Red, Green, Yellow and Blue’ 

4th October 2022 – ‘Today, Tomorrow, Yesterday’


Your Makaton

Send in some of your videos using Makaton and
we’ll post some of them here!