University of Edinburgh

SSC Course 19: Understanding and Supporting Friendships amongst children with Additional Support Needs

Presented on Thursday, 26 January 2017

Course evaluation summary

Number of Participants: 21
Number of Respondents: 21

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?

Yes! Lots of different strategies and activities.
Explore research. Share findings in terms of transition out of school.
Lots of food for thought, so will use lots of these ideas.
Recognise and categorise more of the info on our young people's website,, as being relevant to friendships.
More 'guidance/support, ideas/methods' or suggestions of.
Research literature and underpin prior knowledge of supporting young people to engage and maintain friendships.
More informed work on Theory of Mind/nurture activities.
Consider friendship as relevant to the individual as opposed to 'my idea' of a good friend.
Consider the social needs of children more. Think about developing Theory of Mind in learners (all learners). Think about stage of interaction to provide best support. Use Circle of Friends website for ideas.
Think more about how best to help friendships develop.
More discussion, sharing strategies.
Not sure yet. Need time to think it through and read further research. Will probably influence a piece of professional enquiry work on play/creativity/ASNs I'm currently doing, though.
Sparks questions and gave me more to think about and consider.
More friendship building time.
More in depth thinking and consideration of the pupil as a whole.
Professional reading. Interventions using Theory of Mind and planned behaviour.
Lots to consider. Would like to read more, particularly about Theory of Mind.

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

Clarity of presentation


Pacing of course/event


What was best about the course/event?

Speaker was fab. Perfect pace and content. Know exactly what to take back to my school.
Time to discuss, share and seek advice.
Research based and interactive.
Meeting others and sharing experiences.
Everything was useful - good to think about all aspects of children's thinking and how it affects their behaviour.
Anecdotes on research.
Very interesting course and good discussions.
Everything discussed/presented was relevant.
The group, tutor and venue were all excellent.
Networking and thinking about impact and stress of friendships.
Hearing other practitioners' views and opinions and discussion with a variety of professionals. Theory of Mind and models were very interesting and made me think. Second part (afternoon) very good!
Informal/organic nature of presentation in the morning.
Really liked course/info based on research. Good level of information. Really interesting. Good to engage the brain!!
Discussion with peers on their experience.
Shared experience/encouragement.
Learned a lot, lots of things to read on. Good pace and chance to share with other provision.
Shared experiences and group discussion tasks.
Discussion with other practitioners. Theories.
Chatting with other colleagues to find strategies.
The presenter was very engaging and so knowledgeable. It was pitched really well. Thank you.

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

Practical steps considered earlier in the day.
Some repetition/slides not needed. Could spend more time on specific strategies for supporting children rather than research. Although, it was very interesting!
More interactive activities/discussions in the afternoon.
Possibly more suggestions and examples of helping children to form relationships. Individual cases/ideas.
Strategies for the classroom, eg resources.

How did you hear about this course?

Course Info/Leaflet/Email: 11
Co-ordinator/Line Manager: 7
SSC eBulletin: 1
Colleague: 1
SSC Website: 1

What other CPD training would you like the SSC to provide?
Social and emotional support staff training.
Strategies for specific needs.
More strategies for children with specific needs.
Digital media use by children and young people with Additional Support Needs.
A mental health for ASN course.
Creative play for ASN children.
More on severe, complex and multiple needs please.
Play, ideas, outdoor activities for children with a physical impairment.
Teenage development/hormones within ASN.
Dyscalculia - effects, strategies, assessment.
Teenage hormones and the ASN pupil. Girlfriend/boyfriend relationships.