University of Edinburgh

Count Us In

Presented on Monday 23 June 2008

Course evaluation summary

Number of Participants: 60
Number of Respondents: 47

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?
Learning Trails.
Explore the Journey to Excellence website. Think more about Learning Trails.
Go to the documents - find the documents discussed today and find time to read them. Visit HMIE website.
Do further research into Journey to Excellence online.
Useful for me especially, have HMIE come up soon!
Cascade to my team and use for evaluation and developmental plan.
Look in more detail at Count Us In. Incorporate suggestions into my practice after planning improvements. Observe my pupils with regard to their learning experiences.
Many thoughts for planning and support strategies for the long-term future of a child in mainstream - long term planning, which will begin now as the child is in nursery. Lots to think about.  Thank you.
To improve how we evaluate service and "use" improvement plan.
Approach other services to "pinch" stuff to use on my own audit!!
To be more focused on some aspects, but have more emphasis on the wider vision.
I will go on the HMIE site to find ways to improve my daily practice.
Self-evaluation of my current working practice!
Make more effort to use materials for planning.
Go and find a copy of Count Us In and read it!  In writing our development plan next year.
Look at using Count Us In to support self-evaluation with HIGOS3
To inform self-evaluation and future planning.
Good to get working example - from today been made aware of importance of deaf awareness in PSE programme - going to take this back to my principal teacher and hopefully to take forward in school.
Morning sessions very informative and will be able to transfer to own service and share information. Afternoon objectives less clear and would require more time to deliver more effectively.
Service provision.
I will plan more effectively and liaise more with school staff.
I work in Further Education and attended this event as a scoping exercise to find out what structures and resources were in place to support deaf learners and how best practice was identified by HMI. I will use the document to evaluate the provision for deaf learners in our college.
Feedback to service. Ideas for next term.
Useful to learn more about good working practices in deaf education and also fuel to encourage parents of deaf children to have high expectations.
Useful to help parents to understand what they should expect for their children's education and empower them to be active in helping their children achieve an excellent school experience.
Gives us more of a focus for our own staff development.
Report back to colleagues.
Info re Curriculum for Excellence was very helpful. We will be able to use Curriculum for Excellence website to enhance group/school/individual evaluation improvement.
Communicate key info to a larger group of teachers.
Reflect on my practice and school practice.
Will take key ideas back to my teaching colleagues.
Much of what we heard in terms of practice we already do. However we benefited from confirmation that we do have good practice. The implementation of the resource to support the improvement of L&T exemplification was good.
Try to use some of presentation ideas in day to day working in schools.
Look at using Journey to Excellence and Count Us In, in conjunction with HIGOS3 to write our new Service Development Plan.
Self-evaluation and service development. (3)

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

Clarity of presentatio



Pacing of course/event



What was best about the course/event?
Wider understanding of the document and how it links to Journey to Excellence.
Workshops/sharing practice.
Fife input.
Practical information from Auchmuty High School.
Production process, example of how to use document.
The presenters.
Really made me think about how I could improve my practice.
Ideas for working together with class teachers from Marion and Judith.
I preferred when we heard about the actual students, their thoughts etc.
Finding how another service has used documentation.
Hearing from other colleagues about how CfE/Count Us In has been implemented. Interesting to learn about HMIE.
Enjoyed it all, especially seeing how Fife has used it.
Practical examples given to indicate strategies in use.
Mostly practical use.
Clarifying all the documents and how they fit together.
Fife presentation, real practical use.
Discussion group - would have liked more time for this.
Meeting other teachers of the deaf.  Sharing ideas.
As a teacher in mainstream I found the examples from Auchmuty really useful - feel positive about taking ideas back to school, taking things forward.
Identification of needs re documentation.
Material etc from Fife, very interesting. Also enjoyed watching the BSL translators!
Sharing of practice from Fife Council. Got a lot of very practical, non-resource intensive ideas on how to include and support deaf learners in education.
The view given of the implementation of aspects of the document within the secondary setting.
Explanation/background of Count Us In document. Useful networking with teachers of the deaf involved in families we work with.
Hearing that we are going along the right tracks is very reassuring.
Good to hear about background to document, and how it is being used. Liked the idea of signposts.
Opportunity to catch up with colleagues in this specialised area and contribute to the discussion group.
Sharing ideas. Gaining information.
Good up to date info on document.
The presentations by all were really good, but as usual the opportunity to interact with colleagues is invaluable.
Group discussion.
Learning about practical application of documentation from colleagues.
Chance to meet teachers of the deaf from other areas to discuss and share working practices.
Awareness of Journey to Excellence and Count Us In, as we have not looked at these fully as a service to date.
Progressing on the Journey to Excellence and workshops - talking to other professionals at the 'chalk face'.
HMI input - Journey to Excellence.  Sharing of best practice.
Subject - need to know about Journey to Excellence.

What, if anything, could have been improved about the course?
Less time on learning needs, more on discussion.
Less time spent on telling experienced staff deaf children’s learning needs, more time explaining new initiatives/group discussion.
Nothing that I could think of. All went well and extremely interesting.
Would have been better reading Count Us In beforehand.
Would like some practical information for teaching deaf children in mainstream - any support/resources etc.
I feel the first presentation could be delivered to non - specialist teachers.
Slightly shorter - length of time.
More time to tease out document. Discussion groups should have been focused.
Some indication of how the topics could be adapted for a peripatetic service.
'Exemplars' shown in first half of the day - could lead to more discussion developing more quickly/effectively.
Earlier start, earlier finish.
Clearer guidelines for the workshop.
More relating to peripatetic work and services rather than schools and units.
More time for discussion.
Very unclear and confusing - examples of all documents could have been available. So much 'jargon' in document names.
A broader view offered which may include primary, nursery and peripatetic work.
Most of our children require peripatetic support; examples of document in this area would have been more beneficial. Handouts of overheads would have been useful.
I would have liked to see more about collaborative working (with eg; Specialist SLTs) and ways of formalising liaison time, especially in secondary schools.
Workshop learning initiatives could have been clearer. More time allocated to this.
More clarity as to how these documents fit together.
First part of the course was a bit like preaching to the converted.

Any other comments regarding the course?
Enjoyed networking.
Very good.
Difficult to hear questions from the floor, need for a moving mic.
Would have liked to have heard more from Christine Knight.
Not enough time in the workshops.
Interaction with colleagues - invaluable.
Group leaders should have been notified in advance in order for them to prepare.
I found this course very helpful and have a better understanding of what counts as 'best practice' in supporting deaf learners. Was concerned that it may not be helpful for me, given that the document is aimed at schools, however this was not the case.
A course better presented at the beginning of a session not at the end of a session.
Sure the course was very useful for teachers attending (lots of people writing!) but less relevant to myself as family support worker in voluntary sector.
I felt a lot more positive after the day.
The afternoon session not relevant for me (as a parent and family supporter) but that was my fault and in no way a reflection on the presentation which seemed excellent for the majority of the audience.
Well organised. Thank you for a lovely lunch. Pack well thought out and presented.
As above - role of specialist SLT and importance of contribution to assessment and planning process/ongoing collaborative working practices, especially for SLTs who are 'in house'.
I particularly enjoyed the input from practitioners - additional opportunities for this type of sharing of practice is always useful.
Thank you for a very interesting day!
Number of people agreed that they weren't in CfE 'loop' of mainstream schools - issues for those of us in peripatetic services.

Location and Venue

Convenient location for this course: No Response 19; Yes 26; No 2

Excellent = 1; Poor = 5

Convenience of venue



Quality of venue



Likely to attend if venue was used again: No Response 7; Likely 39; Less Likely 1

What other CPD training would you like the SSC to provide?
Repeat of deaf children and mental illness.
Allowances for deaf pupils and exams.
Update education laws eg; Curriculum for Excellence.
Practical workshops for hearing aids, implants.
As suggested, practical information, strategies and resources etc. Ideas for good practice, being able to visit schools where good practice takes place.
More BSL courses for school staff.
Inspecting a Sensory Service - what would HMIE be looking for? Curriculum for Excellence - where does it fit into teacher of the deaf and VI teachers' remits?
Linguistic acquisition in profoundly deaf children.
ICT resources (particularly for deaf pupils)
Self evaluation for services.
Subject specific.
Mental health, counselling, maths concepts and attainment.
Guidance on supporting adults with hearing impairments in education.
Offer INSET at a local level to education authorities as Outreach.
Early years - Language development, audiology, working with parent, counselling.
STASS (2) - assessment procedures. Maths with deaf children. (2)
Wide range. Deaf pupils with CP and additional needs. Stuff for peripatetic sector.

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