University of Edinburgh

SSC Course: Assessment Issues for Deaf Candidates

Presented on Friday, 26th February 2016

Course evaluation summary

Number of Participants: 28
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 will use to update my own knowledge and to inform colleagues in the English Department.
Provide English teachers with info provided. Keep in mind language when reading/modifying assessments.
To cascade to colleagues, both HI and mainstream, and refer to standards.
Research secure website for appropriate info mentioned in today's course.
Disseminate info to line manager/other staff.
Cascading to department (HI). Liaising more closely with English department re: talking & listening.
Be more confident to advise my English teacher colleagues.
I will use the handouts from the morning session and I would like them electronically, if possible too, so that I can use them on the postgraduate diploma in deaf education.
Will speak to mainstream colleagues and feedback. I am more prepared and aware of my role.
Feeding back to my department in regard to assessment arrangements and concessions.
Looking for opportunities to assess pupils' listening/talking across subjects. Clearer idea of support approaches for pupils with hearing impairment.
Further reading, also serious consideration and prep for 3 BSL pupils coming up to S1 and how they can be supported in English, Curriculum for Excellence (CfE).
Feedback to colleagues about supporting hearing impaired pupils through listening and talking assessments.
I will share the info with my colleagues and we will consider this with the work we are currently doing.
It will inform my own practice and info will also be cascaded down to my colleagues.
I don't have any pupils currently working at national level 4/5. However, has been a good positive fact finding experience.
I feel much more confident about my understanding of the units and standards.

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

Clarity of presentation


Pacing of course/event


What was best about the course/event?

Insight into what SQA expect from pupils (understanding standards).
The expertise of the presenters. Being able to ask practical questions. Networking with colleagues.
Clarification of standards.
Clarification of what is/isn't allowed.
Sharing experiences - open discussion.
Exemplar materials.
Clarification of concessions for access.
Looking at the standards.
Lead examiner on English was excellent. Chance to hear examples from colleagues. Eilidh's session - excellent clips and really interesting discussion.
It was a good taster and a number of different areas for teachers of the deaf (ToDs) in schools. Could lead to more workshops or working groups.
Real life examples used. Meeting and hearing from other practitioners always good.
The information shared and discussion in regard to English assessments.
Section on English, but all sections were well presented.
Video examples of deaf children. Completing assessed talks.
All aspects of the course were very relevant and useful. It was really good to listen to/contribute to discussions - highlights difficulties common to all. A really focussed piece of training with good resources which are accessible for use immediately.
Great discussion, hearing about others' experiences.
Examples of assessment practice.
Having exemplars and understanding standards. Helpful for future work. Helpful to hear queries and problems other staff are encountering.
Clarification of assessment.

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

More for oral students.
More time to cover issues!!
Whilst clarifying many of my queries regarding 'signing deaf' pupils, I was disappointed that 'oral deaf' in mainstream were not given the same parity. However discussion with peers was informative.
The course spent virtually no time addressing the needs of deaf pupils who don't use BSL. This needs to be addressed.
More time to ask questions.
More time for discussion and asking questions.
More guidance for those working with pupils who are not using BSL.
Morning session could have been expanded to whole day, especially listening issues for deaf candidates.
All OK.

How did you hear about this course?

Course Info Email from SSC: 11
Co-ordinator/Line Manager: 6
SSC eBulletin: 1
Colleague: 1
Other (please state): 1 (one of the presenters)

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

More training targeted at difficulties experienced by oral pupils.
Training/guidance on how to assess oral students in talking/listening.
Delivery of listening element in particular.
How to sign, issues in signing/translation.
More on presenting deaf signing candidates.
National 1 and National 2 levels.
It seems there is demand for modifying language of exam or test or curriculum materials, especially from younger ToDs and possibly for teachers of other children, eg with dyslexia.
Signing in exams - allowed/not allowed. Training and discussion about this. Group(s) to be formed to share practice and sample texts, clips, etc. Level 3 signing classes available (and not too costly!)
Broader training for working with pupils who do not use BSL.
Other subject sessions similar to morning, eg geography, history.
Deaf children's memory - theory and practice for support.