University of Edinburgh

Supporting Deaf Pupils with Additional Learning Needs

Presented on Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Course evaluation summary

Number of Participants: 16
Number of Respondents: 14

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?
We do not have pupils with complex needs but will help when visiting pupils in other establishments; for own professional training, possible use in future if role as Teacher of the Deaf (ToD) changes.
Incorporate knowledge into assessments of child.
Feedback to staff; discuss feedback with mainstream class teacher concerning an individual pupil.
Raise awareness of complex needs with children, families.
Practically - assessing children (with complex needs) and planning.
Explore more deeply into 'challenging behaviour' - have realised today there could be many and varied underlying causes.
Discuss several points with Educational Audiologist.
Background information. Not feel guilty when I am 'only' observing!
Better understanding of issues will enable me to inform and support families better. Better understanding of terminology that gets used.
Sharing info with colleagues, including more observation in practice.
Inform other parents of deaf children and feed into local deaf children's society.

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

Clarity of presentation


Pacing of course/event


What was best about the course/event?
The medical/pathological aspects of hearing impairment.
Knowledge and experience of the presenter.
Gaining new knowledge and understanding; clear explanation of content, relevant to audience; interesting and informative; case studies; discussing issues with other professionals.
Information about syndromes and consequences.
Discussion groups; opportunity to liaise with other professionals; learn about different syndromes and their implications for the child.
All the extra nuggets of information/interesting facts and the depth of info; useful to pass on to others.
All extremely interesting - shame it couldn’t have been over 2 days so all aspects of handout could have been discussed.
Very relevant and up-to-date information.
Gaining a much better understanding of the audiological assessment process.
Audiological assessment refresher.
Presenter was a very interesting, engaging and knowledgeable speaker.
Interaction and group work. Good content. Looking at issues from different angle.
More awareness of different syndromes. Discussion with others. Discussion of strategies.
Real life experience.

What, if anything, could have been improved about the course?
More about syndromes and how-to-help strategies, more detail.
More time for discussion of scenarios - always so useful to network in others involved in similar work.
More time!
Too much time was spent on the NDCS survey at the beginning. (2)
Less time spent on background info, although important might have been good to move on quicker to have more time to discuss strategies/syndromes.

Any other comments regarding the course?
I enjoyed the wide-ranging scenarios in the case studies. This made me think outside my normal parameters I use as a ToD in mainstream secondary with straight deaf pupils - many of whom are high achievers.
Can I come and listen to it all again please!
Excellent speaker.
Very informative, thought-provoking.
Speaker very enthusiastic and passionate - infectious; sharing experiences great.
Great to have a course like this mid week for us part-timers!
Thought there might have been more practical examples of how to develop listening/language rather than explanation of syndromes etc. Ideas on how to develop different ways to do the same things!!
Good group size.
Perhaps sensitivity to audience members who were parents of deaf children with complex needs: audience members were not all professionals.

Location and Venue
Excellent = 1; Poor = 5

Convenience of venue


Quality of venue


Have you made use of the website? If yes:






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Use BSL glossary - would like combined science glossary.

How did you hear about this course?
SSC Courses Brochure. (7)
Course Leaflet Mailshot. (2)
Co-ordinator/Line Manager. (4)
SSC Website. (1)

What other CPD training would you like the SSC to provide?
BSL Training 3 and above.
'Sensology' by Flo Longhorn (was cancelled last time).
Audiology in the classroom (including cochlear implants).
Role of ToD.
Audiology information morning for parents.

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