University of Edinburgh

Secondary Focus Day in Deaf Education

Presented on Monday 22nd October, 2012

Course evaluation summary

Number of Participants: 23
Number of Respondents: 23

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?
Share ideas with colleagues (5), discuss programmes, techniques used in other areas, with a view to implementing in our own school.
Report back to school/use resources/make contact with people for advice.
Take information learned today back to fellow Teachers of the Deaf (ToDs) in my school.
In many situations – personal statements of need for communication. Use of glossary for secondary pupil.
There may be some things we could use once we have had time to reflect and discuss things.
Strengthen transitional resources.
Find suggested resources online.
Reassess practice in relation to transition.
Very interested in some aspects of deaf awareness, especially idea of presenting deaf awareness to all P7s in catchment Primaries.
To help review and manage transition arrangements for current pupils.
To look at further areas of personal development to assist deaf pupils.
Share ideas with mainstream staff, especially the use of electronic notetaking.
To prepare materials for mainstream inclusion Secondary S1-S6.
Put in place several transition ideas not practiced within my Service presently eg Deaf Awareness to P7 classes in feeder schools.
Great ideas to take back to the department.
I will liaise with Secondary (staff) for my Primary children moving up to ensure a smoother transition. This is my first year as a ToD and last term I very much followed the lead from the Secondary staff. After today I feel I have much more knowledge and will be able to contribute more starting at P6.
Useful when a young person with severe learning difficulties joins my school. Useful crossover of ideas for Support for Learning (SfL) application.
Further reading/accessing recommended websites.
Find and use some of resources mentioned. Evaluate Secondary provision.
Arrange visit to one of presenter's schools - looking at S1 Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) workings.
Take back ideas provided by other Learning Support Assistants (LSAs) - would be useful to have notes handy.
Will make me more reflective.

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

Clarity of presentation


Pacing of course/event


What was best about the course/event?

Sharing good practices. Gaining new ideas. Generally meeting people from other areas who do a similar job.
Information presented well/lots of ideas/good practice. Enjoyed listening to a wealth of knowledge.
Very interesting to hear the views/experiences of other ToDs. Reinforced what we already do with our deaf pupils.
The opportunity to hear/talk about what's happening across the country.
Networking (4) and update on BSL glossary.
Hearing about and seeing resources that benefit deaf pupils.
Challenges/possible situations faced by peripatetic staff.
Gaining useful ideas in supporting pupils in Secondaries.
Very interesting to find out about the way other Authorities organise their transition arrangements - lots of food for thought.
Rachel's update on BSL glossary, she pointed out the signer checked pupils understanding as she/he signed. Also, awareness of expertise in other Councils.
Sharing ideas on how best to support HI young people, using material/resources identified by presenters eg; Glossary
Transition advice/glossary.
Realising that my Service practises many of the transition processes discussed today.
Really enjoyed Ellen Barklie's presentation, as this is my role too. Was interesting to listen to the variations on the theme of how different establishments (work).
Variety of speakers.
Obtaining a general background to deaf education needs - not aware of what is going on elsewhere in Scottish schools. Quite interesting!
Variety of speakers working in variety of different situations - lots of different ideas to use across a range of pupils.
ToDs meeting ToDs! A bit like deaf kids meeting other deaf kids. Excellent to hear about other ToDs working experiences, gave me chance to identify areas for possible development.
Sharing of other peri services, structures and support provisions.

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

Websites for resources used. Any timesaving resources!
Some of the presentations were quite rushed.
Paper copy of Focus papers - useful for writing plan notes during the talks (but available on website).
Handouts to be provided to take notes.More suggestions/prompts for discussion would have been helpful. I'm sure that we had a lot to say if we'd been helped to get started.

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How did you hear about this course?
SSC Courses Brochure. (2)
Course Leaflet Mailshot. (7)
Co-ordinator/Line Manager. (5)
Colleague. (4)
SSC Website. (4)
No response. (1)

What other CPD training would you like the SSC to provide?
I would welcome a day looking specifically at CfE in Secondary Schools.
Course (refresher) in educational audiology for deaf ToDs - adaptions that can be made in their role. Not aware of any deaf people working as educational audiologists in a small capacity with support of a hearing colleague.