University of Edinburgh

Deaf Plus: Teaching Deaf Children who are Dyslexic

Thursday 3 May 2007

Course evaluation summary

Number of Participants: 3; Number of Respondents: 26

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 Diana’s resources from website.
To support my own child who is both deaf and dyslexic.
To continue to develop whole-school literacy approaches which meet the needs of deaf children.
I will download and use the resources from Oxford.
Develop assessment resources for deaf children; further develop literacy resources.
Take the information back to Nottinghamshire LA and share with other teachers. Info will also support me in my assessment of dyslexic/deaf children.
In class every day especially Diana Burman’s work which I have myself initiated based on what I 'heard' from Frank Barnes but couldn't wait for publication as I needed it now for existing children so this saves me time as I work alone and am planning it one step ahead 'off the cuff' as it were.
Will access website and will be downloading like mad!
Further research/reading; classroom practice; pass information to other members of staff.
Feedback to the team and implement some of the methods discussed with my learners.
I will consider how issues raised relate to my students in FE colleges.
| have 3 pupils who are HI and dyslexic plus 1 possible.
Definitely will be putting ideas given into practice.
I will use the definitions and strategies to help pupils and download the wonderful materials.
Will use resources demonstrated; will use info from presentations in practice.
To advise parents on how to recognise dyslexia and where to go for formal testing.
To help train teachers of deaf children; ideas for research design.
Use some of the ideas from Diana Burman.
Gavin Reid and Diana Burman gave very good presentations.
Assessments will be useful for pupils.
Difficult at times because children I teach are fulltime in mainstream setting but hopefully will be valuable in tutorial sessions.
Do parts of Diana Burman’s kind of methods; will definitely download and see where I can use the materials.
Diana Burman’s materials will be very useful.
Try resources and approaches with children; will cascade to colleagues.

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

Clarity of presentation


Pacing of course/event


What was best about the course/event?

Everything (2) but especially Diana Burman’s presentation (2).
Dr Gavin Reid was absolutely brilliant, a fantastic speaker.
Quality of presenters/presentations (7), quality of research; thought-provoking and range of perspectives.
First and last presentation (2), re context and addressing need; practical, useful strategies.
Level of expertise; breadth of the subject covered from academic ® practical.
Improving deaf children’s literacy.
All three talks were excellent but the first talk and this afternoon’s talk will be most helpful.
Good balance of theory and practical information.
I thought all the presentations today were excellent but I particularly enjoyed the lecture by Gavin Reid.
Three very good speakers; the discussion between participants at lunch and break also very stimulating. Quality of presentations was at UK conference level.
Gavin Reid’s presentation (3) - lively, entertaining but most of all informative; the practical ideas (pm).
Confirmation of what I already knew.
A good range of practical materials.

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

Second section was very long - could have been broken up.
“Reading and Deafness” did not in any way address reading and deafness. I felt it wasted our time and insulted our professional expertise, having the main presenter with little knowledge of deaf children. We could have read the research. A whole morning with Gavin Reid could have empowered teachers to identify and address dyslexia.
Perhaps some opportunity for more open discussion particularly as many of the ToDs had considerable experience.
Advertising was slightly misleading to actual course content but content was fantastic overall - didn’t concentrate on dyslexia as much as I thought it was going to.
Timing for lunch - very late! If we could have started at 10 am and had a break would have been OK (2).
Nothing (2).
More please - this is just the tip of the iceberg!
More time for discussion.
Diagnostic tests were interesting but time taken to deliver was excessive. Starving!
Middle presentation - not listener friendly.
I felt the 2 hour session after the morning break was just a bit too much. It obviously was valuable but dry and just too much in one go! I really was looking for more practical strategies.

Any other comments regarding the course?

More of the same!
Need for follow-up on adapting dyslexia resources for deaf children.
Little time for discussion but worth it in terms of input.
Gavin’s excellent publications were not highlighted. Why not offer a dyslexia course - Jane Mott/Gavin Reid and the follow-up with implications for HI children.
An excellent day, thank you!
Morning session a bit too long - lunch 1.30 pm - very late when you have travelled a distance.
It was really excellent to find anyone talking about dyslexia/deafness, let alone at such a high standard.
Would welcome a practical workshop/type exchange of ideas session!
Very well organised, good lunch, chance to network.
Perhaps if time had permitted we could have had a workshop on Diana Burman’s materials.
Course was informative though morning went on forever.
The 2 hour slot before lunch was quite long. I would have preferred to hear more from Gavin Reid.
I was looking more for definites rather than questions.
Could have done with a break in morning session to counter very late lunch.
More than my expectations - ideas to be used with deaf and hearing pupils.
More of the same.

Location and Venue
Convenient location for this course: No Response 8; Yes 17; No 1

Excellent = 1; Poor = 5

Convenience of venue


Quality of venue


Likely to attend if venue was used again: No Response 6; Likely 20; Less Likely

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

More courses around this subject - seems to be very little available.
More on learning in the context of moving between English and BSL.
Sharing of resources/good practice.
More Literacy - sharing of ideas and practice.
Anything that could relate to deaf students in FE/HE.
Issues of bilingualism.
Further training on assessing literacy difficulties and on appropriate interventions.
Speech and hearing tests and how to write reports/assessments.
More on cued speech.
Continue with any training to do with working with deaf children.
English as a second language training - English is a second language for deaf pupils.

Outcomes Assessment

If you are a teacher, how would you rate this course in relation to the following "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