University of Edinburgh

Learning Support Assistants working with Deaf young people in Schools and Colleges

Presented on Wednesday 9 December 2009

Course evaluation summary

Number of Participants: 22
Number of Respondents: 20

Overall Assessment:

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


Enhancement to your expertise


Content and supplementary material


How will you use what you have learned today?
I now know to have more patience when dealing with an HI pupil because of 'visual noise'.
With deaf pupils who come for work experience to SCoD.
Give school new ideas to solve issues.
Deaf awareness.
I will carry what I have learnt back to the teacher and classroom, put as much as I can into practice.
Pass on information to colleagues who work with the child to benefit her learning more.
Will use it to great use in classroom situation.
I hope I can use what I have learned daily to help enhance my deaf child’s understanding of the world.
I feel I learned a lot today which will help me understand the pupils I am working with better. I have learned what to look out for and that the pupils will need a rest now and then.
Try to be more aware of the visual surroundings, visual noise.
Pass on information to SfL department at the school I work for.
It's good to get more information and good to hear other people's feedback on the information given.
I will be aware of visual noise and recruitment which I was not aware of before. I will be contacting Crosshouse regarding getting FM only as an option.
I need to look at the whole environment that we are using to educate in and not try to make him sit for at an hour!

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

Clarity of presentation


Pacing of course/event


What was best about the course/event?
Mary Whittaker - good to get the experiences of a deaf person, not having things explained second-hand.
Finding out about education from the perspective of a deaf child.
The speakers were very informative.
Learning deaf awareness from a deaf person.
Being shown how to use hearing aids.
Deaf awareness.
Information received was very relevant to my working situation. Layout of course and delivery was very good.
Listening to Mary Whittaker which was very informative.
Meeting and talking to others working in the same field.
Learning from a deaf person's point of view has increased my awareness of things NOT to do eg; wear stripy tops! And use too much language.
I enjoyed this morning and learning about what could affect the pupils in the class. I feel I have a better understanding of them now.
Mary was excellent and very informative.
General awareness of being a child with HI - coming from a deaf adult's personal experience.
Understanding more of what deaf pupils have to cope with.
It was all enjoyable and all well laid out.
Really enjoyed hearing that what I'm doing is definitely on the right tracks.
I learned a great deal from all aspects of deaf awareness by Mary - highlighted many areas for me to consider.

What, if anything, could have been improved about the course?
Second presenter could be a little less technical, third presenter needs to reduce information on slides.
More icebreakers, tasks etc instead of sitting all day. Being shown some BSL.
More about deaf awareness.
A little more time spent on technology of hearing aids and radio aids.
Maybe longer.

Any other comments regarding the course?
All aspects of the course where very well-presented.
If the Auditory Awareness was in the morning as the information to take in is huge.
Sorry I had to leave early. I found the course very interesting and helpful. Also soup was delicious.
The speakers were individually good and gave a good amount of information in handouts and talks.

Location and Venue
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How did you hear about this course?
SSC Courses Brochure (6)
Course Leaflet Mailshot (3)
Co-ordinator/Line Manager (6)
SSC Newsletter
Colleague (3)
SSC Website (1)
Other: Brite (1)

What other CPD training would you like the SSC to provide?
More training in working with deaf children with other needs, especially autism.
Anything that would help improve a deaf child's experience of education.