University of Edinburgh

Improving the Listening Environment for Deaf Children in Educational Settings

Presented on Tuesday 13 May 2010

Dr Laurent Galbrun
School of the Built Environment
Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh

Course evaluation summary

Number of Participants: 18
Number of Respondents: 17

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?
Help with building of new schools.
To improve the auditory environment for all of Fife Council's pupils by writing the school design brief to include auditory conditions as part of the brief.
Be more confident about using the Disability Discrimination Act to fight the case for 'hearing' in schools. Survey classrooms!
In mainstream schools I visit - it will give me more understanding of acoustic environments.
It is proposed to move our school within a mainstream primary (long established) but the primary is not due for refurbishment for another 8 years. Whilst our current school is far from perfect I wanted to know what to ask for as the basic minimum in our new room.
Pass information to town planners etc.
In my job, assisting families, information.
When assisting Teacher of the Deaf (ToD) with Acoustic Assessment in school! Long assessments.
Pass on to mainstream schools/education provision makers/teachers.
Having just started in my post, I feel I will use all the information in the course of my work.
Hopefully use word test results to raise awareness of class teachers to importance of seating options.
Pass on NDCS materials to Support for Learning (SfL) Resource Base. Discuss notes with SfL staff and class teachers. Assist with carrying out Transition preparations for Primary to Secondary.
Implement some of the measures to assist pupils. Research environmental state of school (3 year old building) for hearing impairment. Share info with colleagues.
Practically - survey classrooms and be proactive in facilitating change.
To begin to survey classrooms/school environments used by our deaf pupils. To pass on information re acoustics to colleagues (both ToDs and mainstream staff). (2)

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

Clarity of presentation


Pacing of course/event


What was best about the course/event?
Peter Grayson’s talk  Also practical exercises.
All aspects got better and better.
The relevance of the course material and the way the material was presented.
I really enjoyed this whole day; it was very informative and interesting.
Not assuming too much knowledge - but not patronising.
Informative and easy listening.
Workshops, actually hearing the differences.
The interactive workshops in the afternoon were very useful and get you thinking about the acoustic environment and how it can impact on the child.
Good presenters. Delivered at good pace. All aspects of course very good. (2)
The speakers, and hearing examples of Excellent/Fair/Poor examples of sound in teaching spaces.
Practical info - first-hand experience of different ‘conditions’ for listening.
Practical workshops in Sound Chambers. Clear verbal and visual information about Reverberation Time, acoustics of buildings/classrooms. Good references to documents, Toolkit and researchers’ comments (links to websites).
Content and detail within content.
Keeping up-to-date with acoustics. Practical, experiencing in workshops.
Enjoyed all the input - good range of topics, well explained. The practical activities were well thought-out and very useful.
The practical hands-on activities. The presenters were excellent.

What, if anything, could have been improved about the course?
Some examples of Speech Transmission Index (STI) and acoustic workshop.
Room - too many people for everyone to have a really good view and not get a crick in their neck.

Any other comments regarding the course?
I thoroughly enjoyed the day and the content helped to ensure I can carry on delivering a more aware approach in my job.
Thank you - great course.
Excellent day, very useful - thank you.
Excellent, enjoyable course. Good clear understandable information. Information learned today will be valuable to use in my work.
This was a very useful, well-presented course that covered a lot in a very accessible way.
An excellent course - all presenters were of a high calibre.
Very enjoyable learning experience. A great blend of theory and practice.

Location and Venue
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How did you hear about this course?
SSC Courses Brochure. (6)
Course Leaflet Mailshot. (4)
Co-ordinator/Line Manager. (4)
Colleague. (2)
SSC Website. (1)

What other CPD training would you like the SSC to provide?
Online signing.
I would like to see training on other sensory issues like visual impairment.
ASL legislation and code of practice.
Continue to provide courses to provide expertise and information for those teaching pupils with hearing impairment.
Social and emotional issues.
Curricular support - especially mathematics at post-primary level.

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