University of Edinburgh

SSC Course 16: How can schools better support children who are mildly and moderately deaf?

Presented on Monday, 5th December 2016

Course evaluation summary

Number of Participants: 17
Number of Respondents: 15

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?

Review reports/advice given to mainstream staff - like the idea of using LIFE to structure report.
Will take forward some of Joe's suggestions, looking at the LIFE questionnaire for students/parents.
Yes. I will work with the class and let the class teacher work with the hearing impaired child.
Just given me more thought given to deaf children.
Yes - Listen more to the child and act in a sensitive manner when dealing with a child.
Think more of needs of mild hearing loss pupils.
Revisit planning and ensure teachers remain aware of the pupils we have with hearing difficulties.
Continue to strive to further support pupils with mild and moderate losses. Ensure class teachers understand complexity.
Use LIFE questionnaires in a more interactive way with follow up profiles and use teacher questionnaires. Use both to inform teacher/empower children in their progress.
Pay more attention to mild/moderate deaf children, especially those with fluctuating deafness, e.g. glue ear.
Lots of things!
Yes! I feel so much more informed and able to help.
Training for educational psychologists and schools about mild/moderate losses.

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

Clarity of presentation


Pacing of course/event


What was best about the course/event?

Experiences of students - lovely to hear first hand experiences and how they coped. Gave a great insight. Huge thanks.
Thoroughly enjoyed all of today's speakers and found the students' experiences very helpful.
Life evaluations. Meeting the young students and hearing their experiences.
Personal profiles. Negotiation skills - dialogue.
Joe and the students.
Personal information from deaf students.
All useful - hearing student experience particularly valuable. Secondary case study very useful.
Assortment of fantastic speakers and variety of subject knowledge/presentation. Also, the students speaking to us. They were fabulous!
Really enjoyed hearing from the students.
Looking at how the use of LIFE questionnaires can initiate a positive, proactive, two way interaction to inform mainstream teacher of pupils’ perspective and their view of how to help them cope.
I particularly enjoyed the video clips Rachel used. Encapsulated a lot of info in a quick blast! Enjoyed Brian's 'role play' of sound in ear canal.
The information provided was all excellent and the handouts were very good.
Hugely informative, great interactivity, great chat with different people.
ENT figures on mild/moderate losses not reflecting Scottish CRIDE info.

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

Audiology (2nd part) was very technical, challenging to follow, struggled to relate to supporting mild/moderate.
More from Joe. Invaluable information.
I felt that [one of the lectures] was dry - just not relevant to me, and graphs and numbers.
No role play!
More discussion with peers.
As this is all relatively new, it would seem presumptuous to suggest improvements at this stage. All looks useful at this stage.
Timing - but this is inevitable! Don't want to miss or shorten any component. All excellent!

How did you hear about this course?

SSC Courses Brochure: 2
Course Info Email from SSC: 7
Co-ordinator/Line Manager: 5

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

Emotions - what drives us/how parents see disability differently - over optimistic/grieving/denial/pessimistic. Primary and secondary emotions. What you see/how I act is often very different from how I am feeling.
Echo pens and other technology? The echo pen sounds really useful.
Maybe something subject specific - especially phonics for mildly/moderately deaf.