University of Edinburgh

SSC Course 7: Building Positive Social Skills

Presented on Friday, 7th November, 2014

Courses evaluation summary

Number of Participants: 10
Number of Respondents: 9

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?

Cascade to all VI staff. In-service delivery. Involvement with parents
Develop habilitation programmes to ensure social skills are explicitly contained. Roll out information to teams I support.
I will use the resources and knowledge I have gained today to support my VI pupils in mainstream primary and secondary schools. I will share what I have learned with colleagues.
With individual pupils within school setting. Groups of pupils.
Firstly I'll share it with our team. It will be used across different stages and will be a very good support in showing specific VI input.
Use some of the tools with families and child/young person.
Pass back to peers. Apply to practice for specific pupils.
I may introduce it in conversations with one of my client's parents. Have already asked parents to produce a list of things they would like daughter to learn to do. Have asked client to do this too. May give me more ideas.

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

Clarity of presentation


Pacing of course/event


What was best about the course/event?

Excellent delivery, content. Opportunity to discuss specific examples.
Knowledge and experience of presenter. Relevance to all in the group. Inspiration the presenter elicits in the group.
Looking at resources. I particularly like the Easy-Easier Posting Box, which can be used for many areas we support pupils with, e.g. Curriculum Access, Social Skills.
Clear concise presentation.
Geared to VI problems with strategies, assessment, etc. Good, innovative ideas.
Examples of materials and materials to take away. Opportunities to handle materials and consider application to own situation. Presentation was excellent!
All the tools presented and ideas were helpful.
Strategies - very practical.
The newspaper/tower building group task. This task was brilliant. I would've liked to develop this task somehow.

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

Nothing. Although there is sufficient content that the course could be delivered over a couple of days.
Nothing! Excellent presentation. Thank you for the handouts and resources.
More opportunities to share with each other so can discuss/learn what strategies might be appropriate/helpful.
Focussed quite a bit on school setting, which I am not involved in. More examples would be better outwith this.
Needed a little more time.
Didn't enjoy having to listen to other group's case study - too much input from one person in one group in morning. A lot of it was designed for a teacher of the blind - perhaps not relevant for me. Course concentrated on assessment tools rather than how to teach social skills. Did not enjoy listening to case study answers, didn't mean much to me, as didn't know the people/kids. I would've preferred more time spent on latter half, and try out some of the activities mentioned in the latter half of the afternoon about how to teach social skills.

How did you hear about this course?

SSC Course Info Email: 6
Co-ordinator/Line Manager: 2
Other (please state): Presenter: 1

What other training would you like the SSC to provide?

iPads with VI.
Habilitation with children with additional, profound and complex needs.
The QTVI and habilitation specialist roles working together.
One day training course details on issues related to visual impairment