University of Edinburgh

Developing Children's Visual skills: Movement, the Brain & Learning

Held on Tuesday & Wednesday 9 & 10 September 2008

Course Evaluation Summary Day 2

Number of Participants: 20; Number of Respondents: 16

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?
I will use it with both the visually impaired and nursery children whom I work with.
As the course went on, some children that I work with came to mind and I intend to discuss introducing Beanbag Ditties once I have identified most appropriate starting point. Intend to try with own 6 year old son.
Some children with visual problems and poor binocular function may benefit from the exercises.
On specific pupils and on myself!
With pupils, and will share with staff in schools I work - will also take back to colleagues and share with colleague who attended Glasgow course.
Practical with pupils, share with colleagues.
In my practise.
To help lots of children! - and maintain/improve my own vision.
In many ways with my VI pupils using what is appropriate for each child's IEP.
Incorporate a programme to what already do individual children.
I'll use activities with children I support. (2)
I will integrate it with my current work.
I take a movement group - all children have additional support needs. These exercises will be very useful and fun.

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 practical exercises.
Seeing the obvious improvement after some of the exercises were completed. Enthusiasm of Brendan contagious.
Learning about all the different reflexes and how they relate to which.
Interaction with others. Trying out all the exercises and experiencing the differences they make.
All of it (2)- particularly eye exercises.
See impact - changes in short time. On others/self.
Lots of practical ideas.
The opportunity to think about what might work specifically for individual children.
All of it - and returning to a future course.
Specific advice for pupils.
I enjoyed activities.
The doing parts!!  Make it easier to picture in your job.
Exercise ideas.

What, if anything, could have been improved about the course?
Nothing! (3)
Only acoustics of room - better for hearing today with smaller group.
In future - input to my local authority.
Opportunity to say at beginning what (I) want to get out of course and then each talk could be applied.
Perhaps a break about 11.30.

Any other comments regarding the course?
Wonderful! Informative and great fun. I will recommend this to colleagues.
Enjoyed very much, gained insight into reflexes, which I didn't have before.
Excellent. (2)
More in depth in particular areas, and/or pupils just VI - particular conditions - eg; blind, mono, nystag etc.
Superb, energetic…I feel motivated and keen to try out Brendan's ideas.
Very enjoyable and it gave me new things to try with children I support.
Very informative.

Location and Venue
Convenient location for this course: No Response 9; Yes 6; No 1

Excellent = 1; Poor = 5

Convenience of venue


Quality of venue


Likely to attend if venue was used again: No Response 9; Likely 7; Less Likely 0   

What other CPD training would you like the SSC to provide?
Anything to assist with children who have a visual impairment.
All that is on offer - if I can be supported by SLC.
Social skill training for VI.

Outcomes Assessment

If you are a teacher, how would you rate this course in relation to the following "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