University of Edinburgh

The Educational Transition Process for Visually Impaired Young People in Scotland

Presented in November 2005

Course evaluation summary

Number of Participants: 18 Number of Respondents: 17

Overall Assessment:

How would you rate the following: EXCELLENT = 1 POOR = 5

  • Enhancement to your expertise 1.65
  • Content and supplementary material 1.44

How will you use what you have learned today?

  • I will use it directly in my work as a TVI in charge of transition from P7 to S1.
  • Advising pupils, parents and colleagues.
  • It has given me lots of pointers about practical issues I have to consider when dealing with transition periods.
  • As a student who is currently studying and working with VI children it has given me useful and relevant knowledge of what is involved in the transition process.
  • It has given me a better understanding of my work with children and the process involved in the transition process.
  • To aid pupils and me in transition period. Share info with colleagues in the sensory team.
  • As a service our transitional process is very similar to what was said today but there were parts discussed today which I am not aware of and will therefore discuss these with my colleagues.
  • Share with colleagues/school staff, etc.
  • To use in my job and help support other VI people.
  • In developing policy and practice in service re transition.
  • I am involved in supporting children at all stages of transition this year and so every presentation was very relevant and I will be sharing with colleagues.
  • Detailed examples.
  • To help me support MDVI service users through the transition period.
  • To apply for funding from SAAS and an assessment of need.
    Providing info to “my” pupils.
  • Working in an FE establishment, I think it is extremely useful to understand the transitions students have come through before starting college.

How would you rate the following: EXCELLENT = 1 POOR = 5

  • Clarity of presentation 1.41
  • Pacing of course/event 1.29

What was best about the course/event?

  • Very relaxed and plenty of opportunity for us to respond and ask questions in an informal way. Good materials.
  • Excellent speakers – good lunch! Tour of Centre very interesting.
  • Its relevance to my work.
  • I found it all good.
  • I think the flow of information from Pre-School – Primary – Secondary – Further education/work.
  • All presentations were informative and helpful. I will be able to enhance my work with pupils as a result of the course. All very enjoyable.
  • The whole day was very good – very informative and especially relevant to primary, secondary and for parents.
  • Clear explanations – to the point. Speakers very informed in subject and especially new legislation.
  • Overall I enjoyed all the course, and I feel I have learnt a lot.
  • The opportunity to hear about other service provision and practice.
  • I don’t think I could single out one part of course because as I have previously mentioned it was all very relevant to me. The questions from other participants were very useful.
  • Content and venue.
  • Session 3 most relevant to me. Speaker very good (Dominic), very upbeat and helpful. Spoke with clarity and knowledge.
  • Reassurance about my P7/secondary transition practice. Additional info re secondary/FE transition.
  • Relevant information and the quality of handouts, ie, information enclosed.
  • Content and delivery of information.
  • Interaction with other professionals.

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

  • The course could certainly have been longer and perhaps some input specific to rehabilitation workers.
  • Nothing (3).
  • List of relevant web-sites, other sources of info, etc.
  • Nothing, from start to finish it was interesting and as I said before – very informative and relevant.

Any other comments regarding the course?

  • Great to get a chance to see round Forth Valley Centre.
  • The information was presented clearly and simply.
  • More courses on other VI areas would continue to enhance my knowledge.
  • As good a course as I’ve been on.
  • The tour of the Centre was much appreciated.
  • More of the same with specific examples of what went right and what went wrong.

Location and Venue

Convenient location for this course: No Response 9; Yes 7; No 1


  • Convenience of venue 1.63
  • Quality of venue 1.19

Likely to attend if venue was used again: No Response 2; Likely 15; Less Likely 0

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

  • Additional, more specific, training on the ASL Act and CSPs. An objective overview and hands-on experience of assistive technology.
  • Developing consultation with parents – active listening. Heading off confrontation – mediation where support is a problem.
  • How to train pupils in correct use of LVAs.

Outcomes Assessment

If you are a teacher, how would you rate this course in relation to the following "Chartered Teacher Standard" components:


  • your professional values and personal commitment 1.33
  • your professional knowledge and understanding 1.22
  • your professional and personal attributes 1.33