University of Edinburgh

SSC Course 18: 16+ Transition for learners with a visual impairment

Presented on Friday, 19th May 2017

Courses evaluation summary

Number of Participants: 18
Number of Respondents: 18

Overall Assessment:

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

Enhancement to your expertise



Content and supplementary material



Will you do anything differently as a result of today's training?

Focus on building independence skills.
Pass information to team.
Feel more confident about challenging people around transition preparation and encouraging independence.
Encouraging my VI pupils to self advocate more about their VI support requirements.
Promote learning braille along with technology.
Will continue to try to develop cohesive approach in my area.
More time to plan for transitions.
Confirmed that independent approach is route - confirmation of what we do.
Develop/increase support on self advocacy with students.
More forward planning/engagement earlier prior to stage of transition.
Talk to the service lead about how essential it is for pupils to self advocate and also how essential it is to plan transition.
Be more focussed on skills the young people will need when they leave school.
Will work towards making young people with VI as independent as possible in the secondary setting.
Support pupils to further improve their self advocacy skills.
Secondary pupils - develop skills for negotiating support arrangements (include this in transition planning).

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

Clarity of presentation



Pacing of course/event



What was best about the course/event?

Research based. Talking to others about experiences.
Pupil views.
Use of longitudinal study and real data to tell a story, not just anecdotal evidence. Thanks!
Very interesting hearing about the research being carried out.
Study was informative and interesting.
Having the results of research - evidence of what I have always thought. Networking with others in the VI field.
Networking with colleagues.
Self advocacy - areas to consider.
Opportunity to have focussed discussions with others who support pupils (VI).
Relevant and informative.
Video case studies from children going through education.
Evidence that can be used as a prompt for my service to make changes.
Clear PowerPoint slides - nicely paced lectures.
To hear about the research findings. To hear about others' experiences. References and video evidence.

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

Pace - just reading PowerPoint, not engaging.
More interactive content - case studies/videos, etc found talking to PowerPoint quite dry.
More practical examples of how to make the transition process smoother for young people with visual impairments.
Less of the facilitator reading from the screen and more interaction with audience.
Less talking more interaction. Listening to the same speaker all day made concentration very difficult. Based on English system - not always relevant for us. Course wasn't anything I thought it would be. I feel I haven't learned anything new. More practical ideas. It was too theory, although it was based on a study. I would have liked more actual roles each support person had in transition process.
Not reading straight from the slides. More examples of the ways of getting funding to have successful outcomes.
Would have benefited from range of speakers from range of disciplines, model of good practice - coordinated approach.
Was expecting more details on the specific roles of the specialists during transition periods.
Pace and range of talks to talk about the practical impacts - views of different local education authorities.
Research outcomes are interesting but don't warrant a whole day's training. Research outcomes could have formed part of a more useful day (funding, Education Health and Care plans, liaison with/links to adult provision and support). Variety of speakers. It felt like the assumption had been made that attendees wouldn't have experience of 'the basics'! All attendees seemed to be highly qualified and aware of what should be in place, especially regarding technology!

How did you hear about this course?

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