University of Edinburgh

SSC Course 11: Functional Assessment of Vision

Presented on Thursday, 17 January 2013

Courses 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?

When carrying out FVA with pupils.
I will add it to the FVA that I take part in and report on.
Gives an insight into what secondary pupils have gone through with tests in the past.
I will use everything I have learned today - to do better assessments, use a wider range of assessments, to pursue individuals VI needs, to communicate more with parents and health professionals.
By reading over the course materials again, sharing with colleagues and spending time looking at the actual tests.
Help my understanding with an upcoming research project with the RNIB and Scottish Autism.
It has given me a much better understanding of a visual impairment and I will be able to share this with staff team.
Will revise/make additions to assessment report writing.
In evaluating and updating assessment evidence recording and reporting.
To continue assessing children with the confidence, knowing I am doing this right as today has confirmed my self learned information is good, accurate and you have helped me remember a few things in the back of my brain!
To help improve assessments and reporting.
I will use what I have learned to do visual assessments with some of the children I work with.
Will help me in making referrals and enhance my understanding of FVA, as well as my communication with parents, children and other professionals.

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


Clarity of presentation


Pacing of course/event


What was best about the course/event?
Discussion of all the actual assessments and how they are used.
Discussing the various pieces of equipment that are used at the FVA assessment.
Seeing the practical tests.
Access to very knowledgeable contributors to confirm or extend my own knowledge.
Appropriately pitched content (for me) and the split between the formal presentations.
Having a chance to see the tools in use and linking that to the assessment.
Being able to see observation tools that are used within a clinical and education setting.
The materials provided.
It was all very useful. Of course practical things are great fun. I was very pleased you made reference to GIRFEC (Getting it Right for Every Child) too. I am a strong believer in GIRFEC (used to deliver GIRFEC training in Highland).
Listening to Lynn Stewart's account of her work within the FVA team.
It covered a lot of material and informed me about what some of the other professionals working in the area of visual impairment do.
Pace - clarity - substance - atmosphere created by Janis and Lynn.

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

More time to try out the assessment materials.
More hands-on experience using/trying out the practical tests.
Perhaps a slightly shorter lunch break? Hospitality was lovely, thank you.
Only perhaps a hands-on chance for us to all try assessing others with the different materials but I appreciate its timely.
More about MDVI.

Have you made use of the website? If yes:






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How did you hear about this course?
SSC Courses Brochure. (3)
Course Leaflet Mailshot. (2)
Co-ordinator/Line Manager. (4)
SSC Newsletter. (1)
SSC Website. (2)
Other: Email. (1)

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

I would like developmental journal input - as I use the developmental journal for several young babies and pre-nursery children yet have had no formal training or advice on how best to use it.