University of Edinburgh

SSC Course 25: Whole Service Framework and strategic approach to promoting the child’s voice

Presented on Monday, 13th June 2016

Courses evaluation summary

Number of Participants: 19
Number of Respondents: 18

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?

Provide structure to my input with families/children. Share with colleagues. Structure to evidencing my input with children and young people.
Adapt child's voice materials to involve parents. Use post box tool to gather targets for support for learning plan.
I will use some of the ideas/resources and adapt to the needs of my staff and their audience.
There was not much that I could use with pupils with severe and complex learning difficulties. However, it has provided food for thought regarding how to listen to my pupils.
Use some of the strategies and resources to develop our pupils' voice.
With individual pupils, parents and at whole school level.
Excellent reminder of strategies around child's voice. Reflective practice for professionals will assist in reviewing expectations of long term/regular intervention.
Self-reflection on teaching/over supporting, cascade to rest of VI team.
To take forward developing the child's voice as central to all our work across the service. We will use it to ensure that the good practice we have is identified and made core to all practitioners work.
To inform teams designing and delivering CPD and to improve overall organisational awareness of the voice of the child with staff.
Relay to staff and discuss how we can take this forward in our Improvement Plan. Good ideas on how to involve parents further, too.
With pupils and tell other staff about the programme.
Incorporate the paperwork into our target setting, etc. This will support our role and show evidence of impact of VI teacher support.
Develop my own practice to engage pupil in becoming more proactive towards independence, positive self-esteem.
Lots of ideas, particularly on how to give children and parents opportunities to express themselves.
To support our training for support for learning assistants. To reinforce gathering pupil voice info. To support colleagues with evaluating own level of practice.

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

Clarity of presentation


Pacing of course/event


What was best about the course/event?

Materials being provided to take away. Presenter’s enthusiasm. Variety of ideas.
“Who’s in the driving seat?” tool. Seeing materials. Being given websites to visit. Networking with others from sensory services.
The information was delivered in a clear and easy to follow way. The resources prompted ideas on individualising programme.
Presenter was very enthusiastic and interesting.
Self-reflection activities for staff. The blindfold activity was worthwhile.
Being given practice materials.
Depth of knowledge and practical advice and strategies.
Handouts excellent. Practical activity. Ideas I can, posters, homemade resources. Talking to others at break.
Very good pace and good balance of practical and talk.
Just a great course. Presenter easy to listen to and very approachable.
Practical ideas that can be used. Pupil voice and parental involvement key topics in education at present. Amount of resources given and suggested was great. (2)
Presentation - clear and enthusiasm was inspiring!
Increasing awareness of Positive Eye resources, how they have been evolving and thinking about different ways to engage with pupils and have that dialogue with them in order to better support and enable them to move forward independently.
Presenter has excellent delivery and pacing. Clear and interesting, but also straightforward.
Strategies for supporting gathering pupil views, linked to resources in pack.

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

The rating system 1-5 is confusing.
The course itself was very good, but it was not what I was looking for. Very focussed on teaching and not a wider audience.
The course did not really help me with my work, but it provided lots of very useful info for those teachers who work with more able students.
Perhaps more of a balanced focus across VI/Deaf. Most examples and resources shown were designed for VI pupils.
More practical - working on examples within your context.
Could do with more time to think about application of materials.
Mixture of theory and practical strategies and resources.
A couple of video clips of children/parents participating in some of the activities? Linking it to SHANARRI Wheel? (More very early years ideas on statements?) Shorter day or include extra activity/idea.
Perhaps some more time to look through different materials and opportunity to share.

How did you hear about this course?

SSC Courses Brochure: 3
Course Info Email from SSC: 10
Co-ordinator/Line Manager: 2
Colleague: 1
SSC Website: 2

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

CVI - supporting learners and MDVI.
Sharing good practice in supporting VI in mainstream.
Habilitation with complex needs children/young people.