University of Edinburgh

SSC/ADEPT Conference: Aiming higher for deaf students - What works? What could work?

Presented on Saturday, 24 June 2017

Course evaluation summary

Number of Participants: 95
Number of Respondents: 47

Overall Assessment:

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

Enhancement to your expertise


Content and supplementary material


Will you do anything differently as a result of today’s training?

I'll download the BSL Glossary App on my phone and a number of other things.
Look at how deaf students are represented, the lecturer getting to know them.
Including deaf students' presentations - possibly their achievements.
Further research into dynamic assessment for use with deaf children at school and will aim to attend lecture on Colourful Semantics.
Look into dynamic assessment. Look at science signs site.
Be more confident in my belief that cultural and linguistic background makes a difference to achievement and that this has to be taken into account and addressed in teaching.
Excellent selection of speakers and topics.
Further investigate dynamic assessment. BSL glossary - use more often.
Keep in touch with some of the research presented today. This will have direct impact on my work.
I'm not a teacher of the deaf but I did use the opportunity to network and collect information to help me with my MEd dissertation.
Consider more focus on bi-lingual education. Find out more about math/science glossary.
Hopefully forge new links with more organisations.
Will visit BSL glossary more often and recommend to others
Look out for other conferences.
Approach senior leadership team at college to discuss timetabling and its impact on deaf students.
Reflect on my practice, make improvements, share with colleagues.
Remind class teachers of time lag when asking questions in classrooms. Advise to use different strategy - e.g. ask the question - ask all children to raise hand to answer - wait for 4-5 seconds then choose.
Consideration of representing deaf students. Research the BSL glossary.
Look into some of the research presented today.
Make use of BSL glossary. Use the DCAL (Deafness Cognition and Language Research Centre) site to assess my pupils. Research more about co-enrolment.
Greater awareness of impact of early intervention. Share this knowledge with collegues.
Continue to attend ADEPT events.
Yes, listening effort presentation very useful. Glossary presentation very useful.
Not necessarily differently, but will share info with colleagues with less experience of post-16 sector.
Would have liked more deaf presenters, as feel they have skills/expertise, e.g. Peter Hauser.
Find out more about the LOCHI (Longitudinal Outcomes of Children with Hearing Impairment) study.
Joined ADEPT. Utilise resources.

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

Clarity of presentation


Pacing of course/event


What was best about the course/event?

Greg Leigh's input. Networking. Great to have a conference like this taking place in Scotland.
The speakers - wow, amazing, inspiring. Have learnt so much from today. Enjoyed networking, seeing new and old faces.
The content of the event. I think the quality of the conference met my expectations, as an international student, and I've learnt very much from it.
Greg Leigh and Helen Willis.
Information about maths/science glossary - access now to an app very useful. Information about dynamic assessment. Lunch!!
Lots of different, interesting topics.
Very interesting to learn about all different research/studies involving deaf/hearing impaired children and their education.
The loop system was excellent and I was able to follow what was going on with a variety of communication methods! The short presentations made it easier to concentrate.
Chance to hear from a range of speakers and meet a range of professionals.
All relevant.
Lecture on the NAG (BSL National Advisory Group). The new app. The science signs.
Speakers kept to time, great selection of talks, goodie bag to take away.
Some of the presentations were very good. Development of BSL glossary was very interesting.
Speakers/workshops very relevant and research up-to-date.
Examples of research findings, practical suggestions (IT workshop).
Prof Greg Leigh's keynote address.
Conor Mervyn's presentation was very interesting and the information he supplied may well be useful to some of the pupils I work with who wish to teach.
Variety of presentations - well organised, good facilities.
Thank you so much for the text-to-screen during presentations, as I was able to access the conference.
Wolfgang Mann was an excellent, informative presenter. Enjoyed watching deaf presenters. Good range of information in packs and useful freebies.
Good presentations. Wolfgang Mann's BSL assessments to access online. Audrey Cameron was amazing/inspirational.
Fantastic range of talks and presentations.
Enjoyed Audrey Cameron's presentation.
Thank you for today.
Excellent presentations.
Jemina Napier's presentation.
Content of sessions in tutorials B and E.
I really enjoyed all of the statistical evidence in Greg Leigh's presentation. I also really enjoyed workshop B.
The focus wasn't BSL - thank you!
Input from deaf professionals and organisations.
The variety of presentations.
Relevant and up-to-date research. Short 20 minute presentations kept interest.
Chance to hear from successful lecturers on various deaf issues. Opportunity to network with so many people.
All the arrangements are good.
Working with teaching assistant. Rachel O'Neill presentation. Greg Leigh presentation research data.
Lots of information - different speakers. Networking.
Variety of presentations. Number of deaf BSL presentations.
Smooth running; keeping to time in the main. Structure of workshops.
Really enjoyed Audrey Cameron's presentation - very inspiring!
Greg Leigh's presentation on LOCHI - really thought provoking.
Theme and presentations, especially keynotes.

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

Overrunning - I missed start of next workshop.
Sometimes the presenters had to run through their presentations quickly due to the time limitations. So, perhaps, they could have more time to deliver their presentations in the future.
Exhibition was small. Some talks were preliminary/progress reports. Would like results.
Some afternoon lectures were rushed. Certain topics need more than 20 minutes.
More time for networking/Q&A.
Comfort breaks. (6)
All went well, no change required.
More visual PowerPoint slides would have been better. Having slides that can't be read or understood were distracting and made it more difficult to absorb information.
Would like the PowerPoints prior to presentations to enable effective note taking.
Interesting courses but presenters having to rush to make up time. No paper copies of notes.
Perhaps too many presentations - some less relevant to Scottish Education.
Some presentations were not relevant to Scotland - only England. Some presenters had to rush because others spoke too long.
Time for questions!!! Two workshops per hour rather than three would have allowed for questions as well as time slippage.
Screens at the back or sides of the venue would have helped the interpreters when voice quality was unclear.
Workshop H was very 'chalk and talk'.
Availability/copies of PowerPoints. Pacing, maybe less speakers with more time for each person, as I would have liked longer than 20 minutes for a lot. Maybe more focus on what is happening and available in Scotland.
More time allocated? More opportunities for Q&A.
PowerPoints available. I think Rachel mentioned they will go online - this will be useful.
Microphone for speaker. Access to ENT in room G42. Projector stand could have been higher up to see text, as ENT's head in way. Helen Willis' Listening Effort.
More time. Q&A's very short or impossible.
Time allowed for changeover/breaks between sessions. Some talks seemed to relate to school settings and lost focus on post-16. The ADEPT conference is the only opportunity for this, so reference to post-16 implications would be of interest.
Some of the presentations - already knew about the issues years ago and nothing seems to change.
Communication support - STTR (speech to text reporters) would have made it easier to follow. Electronic note takers weren't verbatim. Meant I struggled to follow in real time.
Extra hours or day to fill in spaces for networking and to ask questions, and group discussion.

How did you hear about this course?

Course Info Email from SSC: 15
Co-ordinator/Line Manager: 4
SSC eBulletin: 1
Colleague: 9
SSC Website: 4
Other (please state): 4 (ADEPT), 5 (various social media), 1 (HoSS email), 1 (NATED email)

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

Practical teaching methods to close gaps.
More information/lectures about science glossaries. Practical workshops on science signs.
BSL level 3.
Working with newly implanted (and late implanted) pupils.
More like this.
Working with interpreters, particularly interpreters producing English. Perhaps Gary/Audrey provide opportunities for new interpreters.
More on Listening Effort for mainstream sensory support services.
Workshop on educational signs/BSL.
Range of career opportunities/paths in the field of deaf education.
EAL (English as an additional language) interventions. Deaf children and literacy.