University of Edinburgh

SSC Course 3: Quality Assurance of Assessment Arrangements for Deaf (oral) and Visually Impaired Candidates

Presented on Tuesday, 12th September 2017

Course evaluation summary

Number of Participants: 47
Number of Respondents: 41

Overall Assessment:

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

Enhancement to your expertise




Content and supplementary material




Will you do anything differently as a result of today's training?

Immediately look to improve liaison opportunities with class teachers. Thing is historically a challenge for peri staff.
Possibly - need to do some research first!
Give more advice to school - more quickly.
More detailed advice to schools.
Yes, I will investigate digital papers and modified papers with my candidates.
More chance to ask questions, especially during adapted papers section.
Become more engaged in conversations with individual subject teachers re assessment arrangements.
Lots of discussion with line manager to clarify responsibilities.
Check with school staff that subject specialists are aware of pupil's needs.
Update/get written evidence of input from class teachers to choices of supports.
I have acquired a better understanding of supporting a candidate in Nat 5 English, so this will be reflected in my practice.
Specific arrangements for candidates.
Update VS team and HS team.
Be able to give advice to pupils re Nat 5 English content.
Much more aware of how to work collaboratively with local SQA coordinators.
Collaborate more with curriculum leaders.
Compose advice sheet to high school with regard to special arrangements. Deliver in-service to high schools with regard to special arrangements. Check out English part on SQA website.
Pass info to team. Need digital paper training but cannot attend as in holidays.
Will ensure that blind candidate is not disadvantaged in non-verbal communication content of English communication.
More detail when asking for adapted papers.
Start talking to mainstream teachers now rather than after the October break.
Be more informed when advising practitioners in centres re SQA Assessment Arrangements Request (AAR) arrangements and working collaboratively with them.
Observing blind pupils for non-verbal communication and discuss same with them - something I had never considered until today, although I have covered eye contact.
Yes, get my act together in confirming student's needs, contacting SfL/SQA coordinator in the school and putting in applications/AAR.
Greater collaboration with support and subject staff to ensure correct adaptations.

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

Enhancement to your expertise




Content and supplementary material




What was best about the course/event?

Clear clarification about Nat 5 changes. Very reassuring re deaf students.
Clear explanations.
Covered what I needed to know and good to have contact details of speakers.
Up to date info. Networking with other delegates.
Specific and tailored to the audience. I also got some good resource info during the networking time.
As a newly appointed hearing impairment teacher, it was useful to learn what arrangements can be made for deaf candidates.
Updating my knowledge of Assessment Arrangements.
Questions and answers directly answered by the speaker.
Learning about the change to Nat 5 English. (2)
Detailed and well communicated.
English info about changes to Nat 5 very useful in particular. (3)
Increasing my knowledge/understanding of Nat 5 - key principles/assessments.
Overview of aims/responsibilities.
Up to date information not always available to peripatetic staff.
I enjoyed all parts and found them all informative.
Awareness of responsibility to acquire correct arrangements, e.g. whose role is it and when to ask for arrangement.
Vital information being given. Very informative. (2)
Very relevant info and guidance.
Gained new information personally.
Information related to the request for enlarged font.
Clear examples and question and answer opportunities.
Networking. (2)
Clarification of new English (spoken language). Detail presented from all speakers on today's course. Encouragement of communication with SQA.
Assessment Arrangements VI and HI.
Being updated on new arrangements.
The information provided by Patricia and Susan.
Question and answer opportunities. Clarity of David and Susan and Gail's presentations.
Presenters regularly invited questions and answered these well.
Description of resources/adaptations available.
Personally, I found the info about adapted materials most interesting, as I am a VI teacher.
Gave me information to take forward and cascade with my VI colleagues.

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

Better preparation as regards the mic used, especially given that the event took place in the Sensory Centre where experts in deafness/acoustics are easily accessed. Mic interference was horrendous initially, but improved.
More time to go into more detail, case studies.
Some of this course was quite similar to the SQA events last week, but that's OK.
Maybe access to PowerPoint either prior to the course or as a handout?
More info on collaboration techniques - many tutors at my college don't know the students well, to tell if Assurance of Assessment Arrangements (AAA) make a difference.
It was fine.
Bit rushed (half day).
Full day course.
More specific details towards deaf and visually impaired assessment arrangement.
Possibly slow down the info coming but constrained by morning only slot.
Equipment needs checking before course begins. Substantial crackling when transmitter held, but reduced when in pocket or on table.
Looking at exemplars. More on digital papers.
More time.
Lunch! :-) Slower pace.
Difficult to hear responses of participants (sitting at back of room).
Examples of length of time added. Lengths, needs - variety of examples.
Continue to ensure that any changes to SQA site are highlighted.

How did you hear about this course?

Course Info Email from SSC: 24
Co-ordinator/Line Manager: 9
SSC eBulletin: 2
Colleague: 4
Other (please state): 1 (Diploma tutor)

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

Autism and sensory issues.
Looking at the best way to support VI students in secondary schools incorporating use of equipment, such as Video Magnifier (CCTV).
Mobility training, early years pre-braille.
How to adapt papers led by Susan and Gail.
Functional Vision Assessment (FVA) with time to look at and have Kay Picture Tests etc explained, how to use and report upon etc. Functional vision assessment for both pupils with ocular and cerebral VI, materials tools and techniques.
Supporting VI high school children and the issues involved. (eg. not wanting to make them stand out, what support is required, how best to get adapted materials from such a range of  teachers). Technology - making the best from existing cheaper tech (eg. iPads, screen reader apps, without resorting to expensive new tech).