University of Edinburgh

SQA Special Assessment Arrangements for Sensory Impaired Pupils

Presented on Wednesday 16 June 2013

Course evaluation summary

Number of Participants: 31
Number of Respondents: 31

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?

In my daily employ.
Very informative. Useful networking.
Cascade to subject and Support for Learning (SfL) staff.
To inform mainstream colleagues of reasonable adjustments. Knowledge is power! Hope can advise on texts too.
Have good conversations with High Schools I support.
Feedback to service.
Check out SQA and YouTube to keep myself informed of future developments.
I'll talk to colleagues about assessment changes.
Share with colleagues. Advise staff accordingly.
I will read up on this more now that I have a general awareness.
Share with colleagues - VI and subject teachers.
I will attempt to contact SQA co-ordinator in my Secondary School and discuss arrangements for pupils as well as feedback to class teachers/colleagues on Sensory Team.
Research SQA website and give information to colleagues re Nationals 4 & 5 and Advanced Highers.
Advise staff in my establishment.
Check dates for prior verification, check added value assessments, express interest in working group to adapt assessments and contribute to discussions on scheduling UEB use in examinations.
Feedback to mainstream staff and colleagues in multi-sensory service.
Feedback to my colleagues.
Use it in helping colleagues in mainstream. Advice given.
Inform Argyll & Bute Schools. Develop IT skills and use computer more!
Support for other staff within Centre.
Take information back to service to be discussed in greater detail.
To support VI pupils and mainstream school staff.
Will share info with colleagues in Psychological Service and Schools.

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

Clarity of presentation


Pacing of course/event


What was best about the course/event?

Up-to-date information. (2)
What can't be allowed under the new assessment arrangements?
It was very informative. I enjoyed discussing issues of concern with other teachers.
Information on flexibility of arrangements for candidates and sites to obtain a bank of titles available.
The input from Annette and Patricia on the 'reasonable adjustments'. Sharing experiences with colleagues.
Opportunity for discussion/networking/discussions with other ToDs/colleagues. (8)
Information provided. Opportunity to share info with colleagues from other areas - always good to talk!
Details of arrangements and outcomes.
Speakers were very informative and knowledgeable. Able to answer all questions well.
The ability to ask questions and the honesty with which these were answered.
Opportunity to have HI/VI professionals raise issues for SQA representatives to take forward.
Discussion raised issues which were put forward for further discussion with SQA.
Informative about new assessment arrangements.
Listening to others and the difficulties being faced. Being listened to (concerns being fed back to SQA).
Information from SQA and chance to ask them questions directly.
Able to discuss issues with VI staff.
The problem-solving attitude of the presenters.
Highlighting things I hadn't thought of.

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

Specific to VI, more time to discuss N5.
I would have enjoyed more time with SQA. (3)
Handouts would have been helpful but we can access the SQA site.
Copy of PowerPoint.
Coffee half way through?!
Maybe more time for general discussion. Finding out how different regions deal with things.
Presentation was too quick, would be better if more time was given to that part.
Examples or case studies to show how sensory impaired pupils could access literacy units.

Have you made use of the website? If yes:






Less Often

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How did you hear about this course?

SSC Courses Brochure. (2)
Course Leaflet Mailshot. (10)
Co-ordinator/Line Manager. (4)
SSC Newsletter. (3)
Colleague. (3)
SSC Website. (1)
Other: Email from SSC. (8)

What other CPD training would you like the SSC to provide?
New UEB code changes.
Working with MDVI/CVI children.
More training in the availability of assistive technology.
More on the new assessments and our role!
General latest research findings.
More updates on Nationals 4 & 5 - I missed original and I know other colleagues are interested.
New Braille (UEB) course.
UEB Maths & Science. (2)
Curriculum for Excellence Assessment.
New Braille course mentioned today (2015/16).
Involve universities/FE colleges.
CVI and Autism.
Braille Assessment.