University of Edinburgh

SSC Course 19: Art & creativity for Children and Young People with Complex Needs

Presented on Friday, 5th February 2016

Courses evaluation summary

Number of Participants: 27
Number of Respondents: 26

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?

I intend to try out some of the workshop activities. As the sole art specialist in a special school it can be quite isolating. This has been a great session to inspire and meet others who are doing similar work. It has helped me to break out of the rut of sticking and gluing.
The reinforcement of experience/process not product - sense of fun - lead from the student - slow down - student’s pace. Many activity ideas.
To create a more sensory, interesting experience for our ASN pupils with complex needs.
Many ideas - practical and conceptual - great!
Especially sharing this experience with my colleagues and students and children of course. New ideas! Thanks.
Be more playful! Encourage this more. Unsure - will see how it feels over time.
A lot of ideas for creativity, outside of the standard art Curriculum for Excellence.
Kevin McPhee’s “joyful” elements.
Will include 1 minute sculptures in sensory sessions. Will use a wider variety of materials in art lessons.
Discuss with our activities team. Build up more resources/ Have fun!
I’m not sure. Although I enjoyed the day, I don’t feel it translates to my specific context.
Inspirational ideas to interact and motivate good relations with some of my pupils and colleagues.
Try to encourage more 1:1 process teaching in the unit at school instead of final outcome driven.
To promote ideas in a mainstream setting for pupils with ASN.
I will use ideas from each of the sessions today. They were all very inspirational and sparked ideas of how to be playful and creative.
Adapting sessions more around the child’s interests and ensuring “fun” is always at the centre.
Reinforces value of play and fun in learning.
Wonderful ideas which will inform my work. Wish I had the luxury of being 1:1, I could do so much more.
I will try and increase use of everyday materials for interaction and also apply Lygia Clarke ideas of ‘wearing’ art.
Use the creative thinking when planning for kids in school. Useful contacts to use outside agencies.

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

Clarity of presentation


Pacing of course/event


What was best about the course/event?

The workshops - really enjoyed the stickers and making and will be taking these activities forward at school. Great fun and very inspiring- thank you!
Receiving information which is entirely relevant to the students I work with. Inspirational speakers. The mix of lectures plus activities balanced well.
Practical advice when working with CLD students. Good ideas and resource ideas.
Practical activities. Chance to chat with others in same profession; sharing of ideas and perceptions.
Practical and encouraging for non artists.
Going out of comfort zone.
Enjoyed all aspects of presentations/workshops - lots of ideas - playful approach. Also enjoyed meeting other special needs teachers/art teachers and side discussions. Making connections with Artlink.
Ideas to bring back to classroom (sensory ideas).
The participatory elements. Kevin McPhee’s real-life examples (Richard, etc).
Really enjoyed the “hands on” creative session.
Confirming that what we do in our setting is appropriate and fun, we are on the right track. Fun ideas to do.
Sound walk.
Interactive elements - practical aspects.
Interaction! Being able to experience different techniques.
The enthusiasm of the presenters.
Making sensory stuff; so little time to do this in our busy lives. Like minded individuals; lots of links with Flo Longhorn’s work and ideas.
The artists, they way the gave other artists’ works/photographs - they way they approached being creative with individuals with CLN provided great ideas. Other participants on the course also contributed with their own creativity inspired by the sessions. Being able to do/make, being active participants added to the high quality of the training. The artists were brilliant.
I think how human the presenters were, how real and how so many simple things around us can be made into art and created into fun experiences.
Informal atmosphere, friendly relaxed environment.
Very entertaining presenters.
Meeting such wonderful, enthusiastic, talented people and sharing ideas.
I found Steve Hollingsworth and Lygia Clarke info most relevant for working with bind/MDVI children as I am already practising using everyday material for interaction.

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

An email list of participants.
More, more ideas. Can you relate them to babies and very young children?
Information about course content to begin with, before booking. I felt that some of the content/a lot of the content was aimed at people less familiar with ASN & AAC, and possibly people working 1:1.
I would like to see more of the artists’ own work and how they have been inspired.
More re younger children.
Nothing, the course was great fun!
Nothing, excellent.
My difficulties as a teacher are not that I don’t understand the importance of finding opportunities to be creative but that the constraints of working in a class with top down target setting, limited physical space and poor staff make creativity difficult to achieve and respond to in an emotional way.

How did you hear about this course?

Course Info/Leaflet, Email from SSC: 5
Co-ordinator/Line Manager: 13
SSC eBulletin:
Colleague: 2
SSC Website: 5
Other (please state): 1 Local Authority email

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

More practical Art and Design sensory activities (like the stickers and making) to use in the classroom. Some continued, inspiration and more fresh ideas would be great!!
More of the same - information of what works well in other schools - group/individual projects.
How to use a Sensory Room.
CPD for ideas/strategies specific to the education system, class based, time limited etc.