Using Makaton to Engage with Pupils

Willmott Dixon have recently completed works to expand St Nicholas School, that is located in Croydon and caters for pupils with a wide range of special educational needs.

Throughout the project, the site team and supply chain partners worked closely with the staff and pupils at the school to ensure disruptive works were kept to an absolute minimum, in order to avoid any environmental stresses negatively impacting the pupils learning experience.

One such tool that was developed in partnership with the school was the use of a Makaton story book detailing the works that were going on on-site. Makaton uses speech with signs (gestures) and symbols (pictures) to help people with limited speech, and those who cannot or prefer not to sign communicate effectively.

By creating the story book in an inclusive format, it enabled pupils to familiarise themselves with the construction process and to help acclimatise them to their new school facility before they moved into it, which may have otherwise been an overwhelming experience for many pupils.

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