University of Edinburgh

The Importance of Art in the Curriculum for Blind and Visually Impaired Children and Young People

Presented on Tuesday 4 March 2008

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?

Use the newly acquired techniques – tomorrow!
I will use the practical exercises with my pupils. I will try and give the pupils more time when working on a particular activity in respect of how frustrating some of the activities were when doing them blindfolded!
Experiencing practical skills will help me carry out these tasks at my school.
I will use ideas and suggestions in my own practice and base some future projects around what I have learned today.
By introducing some of the ideas to the service users. Sharing the information with colleagues.
To have more patience and understanding where children are carrying out tasks.
Share my knowledge with work colleagues.
I will have a better understanding.
Share all information and activities from practical sessions with my colleagues in Vision Support Service to use with our pupils in mainstream schools and special schools. Also pass on to teaching staff and classroom assistants.
I will try some of the suggested methods/techniques in class with VI and blind pupils, and also those who can see.

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 variety of hands-on activities. Taking part, not just listening. Very stimulating surroundings.
Margaret Simpson. Talking about and doing the practical exercises, what suited most VI pupils.
Hands-on work. Making you think what the VI children have to cope with.
Practical ideas.
Getting hand-on experience and by gaining info and ideas from others.
Doing activities with blindfolds on to see how the VI child must feel.
The hands-on approach.

A lot of practical activity and an appreciation of difficulties encountered with VI pupils.
Thoroughly enjoyed all the practical exercises which gave me lots of inspirational ideas to try out with pupils. Excellent way of learning especially under sleepshade conditions.
Gaining new ideas for projects. Awareness of materials available to VI/blind pupils.

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

More practical skills for children with severe and complex learning difficulties.
More info on blind/VI individuals perception and how they learn.
More information on working with individuals with complex needs.
More about adaptation of materials.
2 days instead of 1!!

Any other comments regarding the course?

Good size of group.
The course was informative and provided a wealth of practical ideas.
It was refreshing and very positive.
Very good.  Would have liked to keep on going and do more activities.
Everything was worthwhile and carrying out the activities let me see that art can be a fun and rewarding experience for blind pupils.
Really interesting and informative. Lots of new ideas to take into the classroom.

Location and Venue

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

Excellent = 1; Poor = 5

Convenience of venue



Quality of venue



Likely to attend if venue was used again: No Response 0; Likely 10; Less Likely 0

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

More of the same (2), perhaps how we could introduce more music/sounds into lesson.
MGS training.
Making of resources.
Adaption in Art from the mainstream classroom to the visually impaired child.
Practical maths for Braille users.
A course specialising in art activities for less able/additional needs VI and blind pupils.

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