University of Edinburgh

Children's Vision: Causes of Visual Impairments, Assessment and Learning Environments

Presented on 24 November 2009

Course evaluation summary

Number of Participants: 17
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?
Assessing pupil capabilities in my day-to-day teaching.
As a CPD activity observe a FVA in order to do one myself. Also re-look at young people's eye conditions and see if any info today could help improve their experiences.
A principal teacher in my school has carried out all visual assessments until recently, so I'll use what I have learnt today for assessments which I'll be carrying out from now on.
Many ways, but certainly my approach to FVA.
I will be able to use lots of info in my daily work.
Use linked bibliography info to further extend knowledge and help digest and assimilate information.
Have to carry out functional assessments at the end of term.
In discussion with our SfL department to enhance L+T in reference to a pupil with Stargardt’s and any future VI pupils.
I carry out visual function assessments so today was very pertinent.
To maintain good practice.
More confident when using assessment materials.
Very helpful, good all round knowledge of how the eye works and how to assess pupils.

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

Clarity of presentation



Pacing of course/event



What was best about the course/event?
Lots of expertise.
Listening to other professionals and their expertise and sharing knowledge.
All aspects of Gordon Dutton and Lesley Reid's presentations were excellent to get into some nitty gritty areas of assessment.
All aspects were useful.
Expertise and passion of presenters and way in which they all made information more accessible and user-friendly. A great day - very motivating.
Clear speakers - very informative and precise without being overwhelming or too technical.
Morning talk by Gordon Dutton - very informative.
Excellent from a theoretical point of view (morning). Balanced by good practical advice (afternoon).
Enjoyed Gordon Dutton's input. Good to be able to see different forms of assessment - will give me confidence to use them.
Both speakers were very informative.
The different speakers, visual aid and knowledge given by each speaker.

What, if anything, could have been improved about the course?
Some continuity of level - morning seemed to be for more experienced and afternoon for beginners.
No complaints and no improvements necessary, except it would have been preferable to start on time!
Written material from Gordon Dutton to help slow down quick pace.
Water available during presentations?
Shorter lunch break.
Handouts from Gordon Dutton.

Any other comments regarding the course?
I found it beneficial and very enjoyable. Thank you.
Enjoyed all of it.
Far too rushed.
I thought the course was very good - very interesting and informative for a complete newcomer to VI.
Very enjoyable.

Location and Venue
Excellent = 1 Poor = 5

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How did you hear about this course?
SSC Courses Brochure (4)
Course Leaflet Mailshot (2)
Co-ordinator/Line Manager (4)
SSC Newsletter (1)
Colleague (1)
No response (1)

What other CPD training would you like the SSC to provide?
"Sensory Rooms"
For new teachers who have taught in mainstream, but no previous knowledge of VI 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