University of Edinburgh

"Meaningful Participation": facilitating learning for pupils with visual impairment and additional difficulties

Presented on Tuesday 18 January 2011

Course evaluation summary

Number of Participants: 10
Number of Respondents: 10

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?
Will put into practice multisensory approaches in lessons; create 'little rooms' and sensory experiences using everyday objects.
I found lots of answers to my questions during the whole course session. I'm going to put into practice ideas and valuable advice.
Inform my practice in the classroom with VI children.
Practices seen in The Royal Blind School and discussed - will adapt and personalise for own use.
I will be able to use all the practical activities demonstrated and talked about with the children in my class.
I will use info to reassure staff at school of the value of their work.
I’ll use some of the strategies with the children I work with and share knowledge with other teachers and support staff.
Share ideas with others in school. Change and use strategies in everyday classroom practice.
An excellent day. I have gained lots of information on how to develop learning for the child with MDVI: websites, books, etc, resources, practical ideas.
I will use strategies in the classroom as a multisensory approach. It is also invaluable to look at classes and how they help VI children to learn and enjoy learning.

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


Clarity of presentation


Pacing of course/event


What was best about the course/event?
Classroom observation and tour of school/classrooms.
Every aspect of the course was full and very well developed.
The knowledge of the speakers - inspirational!
Easily understandable - not a jumble of technical/medical terms!
Watching the music lesson and looking around school - it was stimulating, useful and very interesting.
Observing music session! (2)
Good balance. I enjoyed visiting classes and observing a lesson.
My first visit to Canaan Lane. Very impressed with the building and provision/delivery of education.
Looking at case studies and understanding meaningful participation. It was interesting to find out about pupil-led interaction and Canaan-Barrie signing. The strategies were very useful as well.

What, if anything, could have been improved about the course?
More time to observe lessons using different strategies.
Can’t think of one thing (except maybe longer - several days maybe)!
It was all good.

Any other comments regarding the course?
Extremely useful - many thanks for letting us come and observe in a busy school!
A fantastic, interesting day - thank you very much.
Loved it. Felt inspired by Julie Shylan's down-to-earth approach and the way she is able to put over her wide knowledge and expertise. Many thanks.
Very informative - thank you.
Really enjoyed the day.
It was good to get advice about resources.
A most enjoyable day. Excellent presentations.

Location and Venue
Excellent = 1; Poor = 5

Convenience of venue


Quality of venue


Have you made use of the website? If yes:






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How did you hear about this course?
SSC Courses Brochure. (5)
Course Leaflet Mailshot. (2)
Co-ordinator/Line Manager. (2)
No response. (1)

What other CPD training would you like the SSC to provide?
Multisensory aspects of learning and teaching.
Using technology with children with complex needs.
One-day course on software for VI children.
Multisensory learning to include autism and other difficulties.

Outcomes Assessment
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