University of Edinburgh

Early Support Developmental Journal for Babies and Children with Visual Impairment

held on Friday 7 December 2007

Summary evaluation

Number of Participants: 41; Number of Respondents: 38

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?
Implement as much of the content as possible.
Hope to start to use the journal in the not too distant future.
Will use journal as a reference until I get to know it.
A starting point and foundation for future learning.
Look at journal myself as part of CPD.
Be able to provide a more structured approach to working with young children and babies with VI.
I would like to start using the Developmental Journal with newly diagnosed babies asap.
Use as tool/framework in existing practice to enhance/develop practice.
I will try to use folder/activity cards to enhance my knowledge and parents.
Use the journal as a resource to support parents and supporting their children.  Feedback to colleagues about the journal - it will be helpful for joint working to have shared info and recording.
I will familiarise myself with the journal in preparation for using it with peri children.
To continue to use the Developmental Journal with renewed confidence and enthusiasm.  I want to share today's information with the VI team in my authority and with therapists who share responsibility for the children.
Share info with colleagues with Visiting Teaching and Support Services.  Closer liaison in visiting VI teacher to gather info about families with VI babies/toddlers and forge links for future contact/work.
Take back information to members of Sensory Service in Falkirk. Look for more training asap at SSC.
It will help fill in all I do not know pre-nursery and give us a developmental line to use.
I have a blind child in my nursery for the first time, so will find the information and cards to help with his development.
To communicate with parents and help increase their confidence and knowledge of their own child.
Hopefully get the training and more information to pass on to parents.
To complement other resources already being used in pre-school.
Better understanding of the potential in using the Developmental Journal with families.
An extremely useful journal which with more training I would certainly use with my pre-school VI children.
I will feedback to my Sensory Support Service and advise that we change from using the Oregon to the Developmental Journal. I think it will prove to be an excellent tool for parents and VI teachers to work together.
With specific pre-school pupils. Inset with team (once trained). Info to parents.
Hopefully as part of new approach to Early Intervention within Organisation.
Practical working with parents.
Plan to discuss use with VI team at 'home' and professional group (VI Paeds).
Inform rest of service - evaluate which children we might use it with. Share it on multi-agency basis.
Feedback to VI team re journal and examine how we will use it across our area.
Progress discussions through VIP group.
In discussion with colleagues in nursery setting. As a means of focussed evaluation and target setting and ensuring common goals with parents and other professionals.
To help develop/inform an existing early years service - which presently is being evaluated/refocused.
I will pass on information about the Journal to colleagues. I would like to use the Journal to support a VI child and her family.
Start to introduce 'Journal' with new VI referrals.
To think how our school can use it within an Early Years Service.
Will encourage use of journal once rolled out.
Take the journal, read it and find my 'way' around it thinking of benefits to young people on my caseload.
Will look forward to 'digesting' the journal.

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

Clarity of presentation


Pacing of course/event


What was best about the course/event?
Everything.  Good links given out to Scottish Acts.
Very interesting material. Good networking.
Useful tool. Networking.
Being in right at the beginning. Meeting the 'authors' and hearing the reasoning.
Learning about journal from those involved in its development.
Being given a copy of the journal!
The very practical basis and the step by step introduction.
Taking journal - breaking it down - discussing.
Explaining the folder, how it is used.
Content very practical - good handouts and great to have a copy of journal to take away.
Relaxed manner of both presenters - clear, easily understood presentation and I didn't feel overwhelmed with amount of new material.
The knowledge and experience of the presenters.
Further explanation given about journal from the 2 speakers - how it was put together, how it should ideally be used - possibilities, etc.
A very good day. I'm looking forward to implementing the journal.
Talking to such a diverse group.
Easy listening, very interesting and useful - not sitting for long periods of time.
Learning about the 'Journal'. Meeting other professionals and hearing their views.
Great presentations.
Excellent presentation from two committed speakers. Thought-provoking.
I really appreciate having experts talking about early development and how to use the Developmental Journal. Great to see such relevant videos highlighting particular points.
Examples of video - demonstrating points. Ability to download material.
Unique - have not had opportunity for course on VI Early Intervention in Scotland.
All of the presentations relating to the journal.
Multi-agency discussions. Expert presentation and ideas. Journal to take away.
Informed speakers
Challenging our thinking about working with parents.
Pace too slow. Explanation of use.
Calibre of speakers.
Audience from a variety of professional backgrounds. Video analysis.
Meeting the authors of the journal. Sharing ideas/good practice with other professionals.
Information about promoting visual impairment - this will be very useful.
The whole introduction of new structure of assessment/working/checking.
Clarification of ideas behind the journal.
Clear presentations.
Very well presented. Thoroughly enjoyed it; has given me further inspiration.

What, if anything, could have been improved about the course?
Perhaps time to preview the journal.
Not sure until I read the journal at leisure and in detail.
Hard to hear speakers at times.
Heating in room (am)
All TVI's in Scotland should have been here or have access to training very soon.
Last part - group discussion - better intro re purpose, etc. Groups too big.
Coffee break in morning.
Another week of input!
Nothing other than looking forward to finding out more about trainers being trained.
Because of my lack of knowledge, some info on different ways of working in different areas at this moment.
The course was very well organised, with good pace and delivery.
A break between speakers - am.
Journal beforehand (probably impossible).
Background to developmental difficulties of VI children could have been shortened as all participants should already have this knowledge.
Would have been good to have more time to look through folder.
Another day.
Coffee mid-morning.
Just about right. To secondary training required.
Nothing, very good introduction.

Any other comments regarding the course?
Informative, interesting, extremely relevant.
Highlighted reluctance of medical discipline to take ownership.
It was very impressive that the 2 speakers came to explain the journal they had written themselves.
Very informative, easy to understand and well presented.
Future training is a must. General discussion of issues was useful at the end of the day - hearing other teachers perspectives.
This has been a wonderful day's course - thanks.
Excellent.  Easy to listen to and absorb information about the 'Journal'.
Look forward to learning more about it.
More training.
Good opportunity to share thoughts with agencies other than my own.
A good day.
Presenters did not seem to appreciate structures for VI in Scotland are much in advance of those in England.
Very interesting. It underlines the need for teachers of the visually impaired to be involved as early as possible with young children.
I look forward to seeing how it is taken forward.
Lunch was great. Good to meet up with other VI teachers.

Location and Venue

Convenient location for this course: No Response 22; Yes 16; No

Excellent = 1; Poor = 5

Convenience of venue


Quality of venue


Likely to attend if venue was used again:
No Response 5; Likely 33; Less Likely

What other CPD training would you like the SSC to provide?
I know that other courses on this will be available. I have a high interest in attending.
Further training in how to use journal (4). Examples of its use.
Inter-agency strategies in practice.
Help for ordinary teachers with blind children in their schools. VI teachers very good.
Any on sensory impairment.
Training on the Developmental Journal - initially for VI teachers, especially needed by newly qualified VI teachers or those with a secondary background.
Visual stimulation techniques for MDVI and what you are trying to achieve.  Could Mary Lee run this from Canaan Lane?
Follow-up to implementation of journal.

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


your professional knowledge and understanding


your professional and personal attributes