University of Edinburgh

Deafness and the Early Years Launch and Update

Presented on Thursday 24 March 2011

Course evaluation summary

Number of Participants: 24
Number of Respondents: 19

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?

Implement family support plans. Clarification of use of profile and standards with families.
Tighten up certain aspects of my practice.
Share with colleagues and other services.
Take the new guidelines back to service managers for discussion and development work.
Lots of information and ideas to share with colleagues who work with early years. Info to put into practice and enhance our current ways of working.
Continue implementing the checklist protocol with early years children and families.
Use documents for planning, ideas for working practice example.
A useful tool to take ideas into my Authority who currently run a very reduced service to the pre-3s.
Read, digest, disseminate and use as much as I can during everyday practice.
Help other families become empowered in their children’s development.
Share with colleagues. Use materials to be better informed.
Good speeches.
Working with parents.
To initiate play and communicate with my deaf grandson.
Practical play ideas in 1:1 with children in school/nursery. Encompass Monitoring Protocol with work programmes.
Share with other members of staff. Discuss ideas, standards etc. Explore some of the ideas/activities with children/other staff/parents.
Some ideas for working with parents (new). Feedback from parent eg; Hanen Project (share with parents). Look at 'Family Support Plan' as a way forward for working with families and other professionals.

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

Clarity of presentation


Pacing of course/event


What was best about the course/event?

Learning about the (new) standards. (2)
Everything. (2)
Video analysis as this was hands-on.
Discussion re different practice in different areas.
Being able to be present to have the info presented firsthand and be involved. Being able to chat with colleagues from other Authorities and consider each other’s practices.
Good to hear about how others are using the checklist and implementing.
Range of presenters.
Great to hear from a variety of people who could give their own perspective.
Information on pen drive. Workshops. (2) Talking to parents.
Practical ideas.
Very clear presentations - helped consolidate ideas and appreciate materials. Good sharing of information and practice.
Play session.
Meeting teachers and other professionals and picking up useful snippets of information to use, in play, with my grandson.
Workshops and discussions therein. Although had hoped 'Introducing Positive Play' might have had more detail/ideas.
Sharing examples/ideas. Explanation of standards - use with resources. Group video analysis and looking at Monitoring Protocol.
Hearing ideas/shared experiences from fellow Teacher of the Deaf (ToD) in other areas and info from Educational Audiologist.

What, if anything, could have been improved about the course?

The original title of the course did not match the content on the day.
More discussion time to share experiences.
More time to look at materials as a small group. (2)
Not an improvement but - time is always a factor - so much to discuss in such a short time.
More time - as usual a lot to take in.

Any other comments regarding the course?

Many thanks.
Course title seemed to be variable, that is it achieved 'Deafness and the Early Years Launch' but not 'Positive Play for Every Day', as the latter was far too short.
Really interesting and good to share 'good working practices'.
The joined-up services are particularly useful as it gives a national picture. More.
I have been given a lot to think about - especially as I feel that pre-3 children in Authority are being neglected.
This can be a fantastic guideline if Parliament back it.
Keep up the good work! (2)
Happy with the course as presented, although I'm not a 'professional' working with deaf children.

Location and Venue

Convenient location for this course: No Response 5; Yes 11; No

Excellent = 1; Poor = 5

Convenience of venue


Quality of venue


Have you made use of the website? If yes:






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How did you hear about this course?

SSC Courses Brochure. (8)
Course Leaflet Mailshot. (3)
Co-ordinator/Line Manager. (1)
SSC Newsletter. (1)
Colleague. (3)
SSC Website. (1)
No response. (1)
Other: Friend. (1)

What other CPD training would you like the SSC to provide?

Working with English as an additional language (EAL) 0-3 years in families.
Assessment of Comprehension and Expression 6-11(ACE) assessment.
Supporting signing deaf children in mainstream settings.
Supporting EAL families in the early years (especially Polish).
Any/all current development - eg; Transition.
Multi-agency - good practice.
Criteria for intervention eg; National Sensory Impairment Partnership (NatSIP) criteria, with regard to Getting it Right for Every Child (GIRFEC).
What happens nationally in Scotland following referrals.
IT training to access teaching materials for HI children.
Follow up from this course.
Hands-on workshops for different types of cochlear implants available to families, eg; troubleshooting.

Outcomes Assessment

Chartered Teacher Standard components:

Very useful = 1; Not useful = 5

your professional values and personal commitment


your professional knowledge and understanding


your professional and personal attributes