University of Edinburgh

Working with Parents (VI)

Presented on Wednesday 26 April 2006

Course evaluation summary

Number of Participants: 14 Number of Respondents: 14

Overall Assessment: How would you rate the following: Excellent = 1 Poor = 5
Enhancement to your expertise 2.70
Content and supplementary material 2.39

How will you use what you have learned today?
1 Refresher course. 2 Networking.
To help/support what me/my son needs and where to go next.
Give important info to my son's learning support teacher and hope to achieve what's best.
Watch my attitudes in home visits and some practical tips.
Being able to share with my colleagues the experiences that I learned today.
Reflect on my practice, supporting parents. I will be more aware of parents' feelings and improve my practice accordingly.
Increased knowledge of education systems will help me to support parents through transition periods.
Renewed awareness of issues which can be made use of in future contacts.
I will pass information and suggestions on to my colleagues about working with parents.
Remember parental expectations versus what is actually possible. Honesty and respect for parents' knowledge.
Will pass on information to my colleagues and visit places that I have been given information on either physically or cyberly - is there such as word?

How would you rate the following: Excellent = 1 Poor = 5
Clarity of presentation 2.21
Pacing of course/event 1.93

What was best about the course/event?
1 Networking. 2 Visiting the centre.
I could share my experience with a parent of a child with VI and got understanding and support for my needs.
Mary Dallas and Elizabeth Kennedy.
Janis Sugden.
John Ravenscroft.
Elizabeth Kennedy.
Listening to a parent about what they want and what they need.
Couldn't identify one in particular - it was all very good. Mix of information on working with parents.
Consideration of variety of other factors outwith sight loss that should be recognised.
Perspective from parents.
An insight into how parents view professionals involved in their family. Also hearing different professionals' experiences and suggestions.
Mix of parents and professionals. Mix of agency and parent representation.
Listening to such a variety of expertise and experiences.

What, if anything, could have been improved about the course?
Have more parents to share their experiences and knowledge of what's important to them.
More focused, John's talk could have been halved in time. Video footage perhaps?
Clearer guidance to parents on what we need to have feedback on.
Nothing much as it was well presented.
Otherwise well balanced course.

Any other comments regarding the course?
Perhaps more input from parents.
The parents' contribution was valuable.
This has given me more detail of what's good to know and make good use of what I can do.
Notes given out before talk gives you something to take own notes on.
Distraction of noise: voices and door banging in neighbouring hall.

Location and Venue
Convenient location for this course: No Response2; Yes 11; No 1

Excellent = 1 Poor = 5
Convenience of venue 2
Quality of venue 1.5

Likely to attend if venue was used again: No Response 1 ; Likely 13; Less Likely

What other CPD training would you like the SSC to provide?
Training on parents and professionals working together as a team.
Teaching on how a parent can help in education (eg; fit into the system and be of great help and assistance).
How to solve problems at different angles.
Working with equipment.
How to train children to use LVAs.
Maybe something that involves more parents talking rather than so many professionals.
Children with MDVI in mainstream schools.
DAISY technology.
Whole day on SuperNova software.
Training aimed at dual sensory loss.
Working with teenagers and their families (extended).

Outcomes Assessment

If you are a teacher, how would you rate this course in relation to the following "Chartered Teacher Standard" components: very useful = 1; not useful = 5
your professional values and personal commitment 2
your professional knowledge and understanding 2.16
your professional and personal attributes 2