University of Edinburgh

Play and Communication for Children with Visual Impairment and Additional Support Needs

Presented on Monday & Tuesday 1 & 2 December 2008

Course evaluation summary Day 2

Number of Participants: 11
Number of Respondents: 11

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?

This training event has helped me put in context some of the behaviours observed in older children. I hope to develop age appropriate activities to help young people move on.
I really appreciated the ideas to improve communication - will try stepping back more and encouraging adults to be quiet, to observe more.
I improve our contact with the foster child in our care.
In the nursery - to inform practice.
Knowledge gained will enhance my class teaching and learning.
In working with and advising others of opportunities to develop play for children who may not be confident to explore their surroundings.
To encourage and try new ideas with the child we have.
I will see my learning and teaching in a more MDVI centred approach. I feel now what it is to be VI.
Will do a lot of experimenting with the one to one that I'm working with - got lots of ideas.
I will enhance my play opportunities for my pupils.
To cascade to colleagues, possibly by providing inset.

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

Clarity of presentation


Pacing of course/event


What was best about the course/event?

Experiencing what it might be like to sit in a group while not having sight. I felt isolated and withdrawn.
The practical ideas, videos, meeting other people to share good practice.
Group discussion and learning different approaches.
Good balance of theory, practice workshop sessions and discussion.
All elements were pertinent.
Practical activities, as they gave an insight into some of the experiences, difficulties that a child with VI may have which a sighted person (me!) takes for granted.
Videos and workshops were excellent. Also the information was presented well.
Meeting other practitioners. Listening to Mary.
Lots of ideas from Mary and the others attending the course.
The opportunity to share with other professionals.
Relaxed presentation.

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

I like sitting with a desk in front of me; simply my own preference and comfort.

Any other comments regarding the course?

Very enjoyable. (2)
Valuable and worthwhile.
Very informative - thank you!
The course was interesting and informative for us as carers and we would be interested in more courses.
Worth repeating.

Location and Venue

Convenient location for this course: No Response 6; Yes 4; No 1

Excellent = 1; Poor = 5

Convenience of venue


Quality of venue


Likely to attend if venue was used again:No Response 9; Likely 9; Less Likely

How did you hear about this course?

SSC Flyer. (3)
Headteacher/Team Leader/VI Specialist/Sensory Teacher. (7)
No response. (1)

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

Working with teenagers - transitions.
Communication aids for pupils with complex additional support needs.
Additional Support Needs with VI. Age appropriate activities. Working with your VI Specialist.

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