University of Edinburgh

SQA Braille Competency Course Grade 2 April 2011 - March 2012

Number of Participants completing: 11
Number of Respondents: 11

Overall Assessment:

How would you rate the following: Excellent = 1; Poor = 5

Enhancement to your expertise


Content and supplementary material


Inclusion of raised Braille material


How will you use what you have learned in this course?

Work with and teach a braillist in our Authority.
I will hope to use it in my new job with VI children. Also a great extra skill for CV.
Teach braille (Grade 1 & 2) to two children - one blind from birth, the other lost her sight.
Working with child; more confident.
Teach Grade 2 to pupils and staff. Adapt resources.
Would like to make braille resources.
I will use it every day to produce braille materials.
I will use braille within my teaching, by creating/developing resources. Being able to check braille work by pupils both in my subject and within the whole school.
To support learners.

How would you rate the following: Excellent = 1, Poor = 5

Clarity of explanations


Quantity of practice material


Assessment feedback


Pacing of stages


What was best about the course?

Very satisfying, once I got over the initial 'hump' in learning and memorising.
Learning a new skill. Feeling of achievement when assessments were completed.
The sense of achievement from having worked through a difficult learning process.
Being able to apply learning to daily teaching.
Being able to do it at my own pace.
The support received by my braille tutor. The different exercises - raised braille and printed braille - mixed text and braille. Sticking to a good paced schedule to learn a new skill set.

What if anything could have been improved?

I didn't find that 2 hours was long enough for the exam - especially the reading section which was very long.
Better explanations of rules for short-forms, contractions etc.
A few more mock final assessments would have been good.

Any other comments regarding the course?

A very good and encouraging tutor - thank you Alison.
The reading part of the final assessment was exceptionally difficult compared to what had gone before. Very abstract piece of writing.
Excellent tutor support - very approachable.
Continuous assessment much better than other courses.
I truly enjoyed my braille course. My tutor was very helpful/supportive. The pace was very good.

Distance Learning

On the whole it was ok - although there were some tricky areas eg punctuation, word signs and abbreviations that needed clarifying.
Great arrangement although very difficult to find time when working full time.
Preferred the distance learning/independent learning. Would have found it impossible to commit to travelling for 18 months to attend tuition sessions.
Distance learning was fine. (2)
Would have preferred some direct tutoring.
Found this arrangement good.
Distance learning allowed me to fit the braille into my job commitments. The timetable was very good, as well as feedback from tutor.

Overall distance learning experience

How would you rate the overall learning experience? Excellent = 1, Poor = 5

Quality of learning materials


Feedback and support from tutor


Overall timescale for course


SSC Website

Have you made use of the website? If Yes,






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How did you hear about this course?

SSC Courses Brochure. (2)
Co-ordinator/Line Manager. (3)
Colleague. (5)
No response (3)

What other SSC CPD training would you find useful?

I hope to now attend the SSC course on teaching skills needed to teach Braille - as a follow-up to this course.
Will research.
A basic course on sign language for use in a school.