University of Edinburgh

Teaching Braille to Pupils in Mainstream Classrooms

Presented on Tuesday 13 January 2009

Course evaluation summary

Number of Participants: 14
Number of Respondents: 13

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?

As a revision of my existing skills, adapting methodologies, etc.
To read up more on teaching Braille and researching materials. Use the Learning Media Assessment.
Pass on the different areas that have been covered which was so helpful at our DM meetings.
Very practical info, can be transferred and adapted as necessary for supporting my own pupils.
With current pupil on my caseload.
Able to apply technologies to teaching Braille in mainstream setting.
To devise a work programme for blind pupil with moderate learning difficulties.
With blind pupil and his peers.
To develop knowledge/skills.
Have some great ideas for exercises to use. Blank Assessment Forms will be a useful tool to document reasons for decision-making - whether or not to use Braille.
Discussion with colleagues re pupils on caseload - using materials and knowledge to come to a decision about teaching Braille/print. Change practice in terms of joint pre-school visits with rehab officer to jointly determine/assess need for Braille/Pre-Braille skills.
Look at a couple of children on caseload, as they may be potential Braille users. Carry out assessment possibly.

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

Clarity of presentation


Pacing of course/event


What was best about the course/event?

Session 3.
Case studies and video presentations.
Video examples and Learning Media Assessment. Excellent course.
Case studies and practical Mountbatten was a great machine.
Highly relevant, presenters obviously very experienced as able to pass on benefit of this clearly to benefit the course participants.
Every presentation was helpful.
Opportunity to see videos, research reading and practical application.
Afternoon - seeing Mountbatten Brailler and learning about teaching Braille. Brilliant vegan lunch!
Increased knowledge.
So much valuable information given and great ideas. Great opportunity to see the Mountbatten.
Having a chance to listen to experienced VI teachers who have taught Braille/made that decision and finding out what works/how best to decide. Excellent resources provided.
Information - based on experience with pupils directly - practical ideas. Chatting with colleagues.

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

More time to assess the materials.
More practical discussions.
Practical examples of how to read Braille, eg; hand-out Braille and practise how we would teach pupils to scan. Especially useful perhaps for those of us who have not yet taught Braille.
Time as usual - maybe a longer course.
Overall sharing of resources throughout Scotland.
More case studies.
I feel that it would have been better to run the course over 2 days (2), allowing opportunities for more discussion/hands on during each different session.
Room arrangement not ideal - more comfortable sitting face on rather than sideways.

Any other comments regarding the course?

Thank you for a great day.
More please!
Would like to know more about available reading schemes and the experience of using them in settings.
Morning was very interesting although not so relevant for our pupil.
Real eye opener for me (no involvement so far).
I would have liked to have heard more about how to deal with issues which arise when discussing whether to chose Braille, eg; how to cope when child has a deteriorating condition but does not recognise this as parents haven't discussed it.
Having done the course I feel more equipped to make decisions/or assess a potential Braille learner. It was also good to discuss with other VI Teachers their experience of the process and gain some ideas and strategies.
Hope for follow-up re: programme of work.

Location and Venue

Convenient location for this course: No Response 7; Yes 4; No 2

Excellent = 1; Poor = 5

Convenience of venue


Quality of venue


Likely to attend if venue was used again: No Response 3; Likely 10; Less Likely

How did you hear about this course?

SSC brochure/flyer (9)
Teacher/colleague (3)
Email (1)

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

Braille Music, Mobility, Daily Living Skills, Braille Maths code.
Orthoptic difficulties.
Quick and easy course of Braille.
More Braille courses.
Mobility for sudden sight loss, Life Skills, Social Inclusion.
Teach me Braille - 2-3 hour course of basic.
A follow up course on how to teach Braille - relating to Pre-Braille skills up to teaching a secondary pupil who has deteriorating vision. What most appropriate method is/resources most suited and basic skills pupil needs to learn eg; seating position - how the hands should rest and move.
How to deliver Braille course, actual teaching approaches.

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