University of Edinburgh

Assessment of comprehension and expression (ACE) for deaf pupils

Presented on Wednesday 13 February 2013 (Aberdeen)

Course evaluation summary

Number of Participants: 17
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?

Very practical - ACE assessment will help towards IEP (Individual Education Plan), targets and identifying the gaps.
Become more familiar with the assessment before using it. Use the assessment as a tool for the service.
Discuss with colleagues - use the information.
Try it out with pupils with a view to writing better targets - plan for progression.
Discuss use of/purchase of ACE by our service. Use analysis more frequently.
Apply knowledge of resources (if provided). Visit websites as listed.
Consider better approaches to teaching/developing children's language and specifically vocabulary. Using assessments more effectively to set more specific targets in planning and IEPs.
Service is considering using this assessment material, therefore important for staff to be aware of and how to use this pack. Info on activities will also be helpful and I will investigate some of these to use with my pupils.
Keen to try out ACE with pupils. Think more about suitability of IEP targets - look to grammar.
Reinforces my understanding of STASS (South Tyneside Assessment of Syntactic Structures) assessment - which I will try with primary school child.
It will take time to process the amount of material and regain confidence.
If resource is bought, then today's input will help greatly in its use.
Assessing language/understanding and planning forwards to address key issues for children.
Check/assess children's language and use to write targets enabling more focused work.

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

Clarity of presentation


Pacing of course/event


What was best about the course/event?

Practical element and input from SALT (Speech & Language Therapist) colleague.
Content very relevant for all pupils, very thought provoking.
Hands-on work with the materials.
Clear presentation - good attitude.
Working with others.
Activities and info well linked. Clear info. Great presentation.
Seeing how assessment is administered and explanation of scoring/marking system.
Meeting with others and working together.
Carrying out practical exercises on marking and recording. Also looking at clause analysis and post modification of noun phrases.
Video footage of assessment and a completed assessment form.
A lot of information, and handouts appear to be relevant and useful!
Video footage of the resource being used, and getting a chance to try and mark the tests.
Practical tasks and lots of examples. Everything shared/shown so very clear.
Enjoyed the mixtures of presentation on overhead and hands-on exploring materials - it was very thought provoking and made me think about the work I do.
Learning more about language development and how to assess

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

More time - over 2 days perhaps? (4)
Timing, very intense but interesting.
More thinking time/discussion time required.
More time to score answers, look at IEP.
Would have liked more time to link into IEPs and language programs. Further time for video transcript and analysis.
More time allowed for course presentation, would have allowed completion of activities.
More time to focus on each of the areas covered.
Perhaps have longer, especially useful for clause analysis.


Have you made use of the website? If yes:






Less Often

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Comment: Info/activities/downloads of stories, which have been Makaton symbolled/signed.

How did you hear about this course?

SSC Courses Brochure. (1)
Co-ordinator/Line Manager. (12)
Colleague. (3)
Other: Authority/School. (1)

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

Focus on practical elements of ToD role in peripatetic service.
Assessments appropriate for deaf pupils - signing/BSL/oral.
'Counselling'/supporting parents and pupils.
Tracking reading.
Auditing a service/quality assurance.
iPads/technology for deaf.
Young children with severe and complex needs/PMLD (profound and multiple learning difficulties): Activities; IEPs; CfE (Curriculum for Excellence) - linking all these together too.
Pre-verbal communication with pupils with special and challenging needs/development/assess/CfE link 0-16 years PMLD.
Ways to address needs/promote language in young (toddlers) children.