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Self-Evaluation by Peripatetic Sensory Services

Quality Assurance in Education Authority Peripatetic Sensory Services

KEY AREA 5 Attainment

Performance Indicator 5.1 Overall quality of attainment

Ref: HGIOS performance indicators 2.1, 2.2, 2.3

Some features you might look for:
Theme i Attainment in coursework p>a) Children/young persons are supported appropriately by Service staff and are making good progress in their learning, in line with their prior attainments and abilities.
b) When necessary, Service staff work with class teachers to ensure that the purposes of activities and contexts for teaching are relevant and meaningful in relation to the child's/young person's experiences, interests and future development and that the pace of learning enables him/her to achieve the targets set.
c) Children/young persons are performing well on the tasks set in their coursework, whether the work is done in class or at home.
d) Where they are in place, IEPs and/or other targets are used to ascertain progress. /td>
Theme ii Performance in relation to national targets and examinations p>a) Children's/young persons' attainments are in line with the appropriate national 5-14 targets, SEN targets and IEPs.
b) Children/young persons are reaching their full potential and performing to the best of their ability in national examinations. /td>

Resources and references


HMI. (1994) Effective Provision for Special Educational Needs. Scottish Office. ISBN 0748010866

Circular No. 4/96 (1996) Children and Young Persons with Special Educational Needs: Assessment and Recording. Scottish Office.

HMI. (2000) Educating the Whole Child: Personal and social development in primary schools and primary stages of special schools. Scottish Executive. ISBN 0748097171

Scottish Qualifications Authority. (2000) Guidance on Special Assessment and Certification Arrangements for Candidates with Special Needs and Candidates for whom English is an Additional Language. SQA.

Riddell Committee. (1999) Report into the Education of Children with Severe Low Incidence Disabilities. Scottish Executive. 

Murray, Jean; Closs, Alison (Eds). (2000) An Ethos of Achievement: Whole school approaches to improving performance and celebrating success. Scottish Executive. ISBN 0953866009

Beattie Committee. (1999) Implementing Inclusiveness Realising Potential. (Beattie Committee Report) Scottish Executive. ISBN 074808908X

Enquire. (2000) The Parents' Guide to Special Education Needs. Scottish Executive.

HMI. (1998) Achieving Success: A report on the review of provision in S1/S2. Scottish Executive. ISBN 0748066551

HMI. (1999) Early Intervention: 1997-98. Scottish Executive. ISBN 0748089047

Accounts Commission for Scotland and HMI. (1999) Time for Teaching: Improving administrating in schools. Scottish Office. ISBN 0906206596

HMI. (1999) Review of Assessment in Pre-School and 5-14. Scottish Executive. ISBN 0748089411

HMI Audit Unit. (1996) How good is our school? Self evaluation using performance indicators. Scottish Office. ISBN 0114958807

HMI Audit Unit. (1997) Taking a Closer Look at Specialist Services : Self-evaluation using performance indicators. Scottish Office. ISBN 0951137212

HMI Audit Unit. (1999) Good Practice: Standards and Quality Reports: Advice for schools and education authorities on school-based standards and quality reports. Scottish Office. ISBN 0748072594

HMI Audit Unit. (1999) The Route to Equality and Fairness: Self-evaluation using performance indicators. Scottish Office. ISBN 0114972257

Department for Education and Employment. (2000) Directory of Career Resources for Special Needs. DfEE. ISBN 086110787X

SOEID. (1999) A Manual of Good Practice in Special Educational Needs. Scottish Office.

Standards in Scotland's Schools etc. Act 2000. The Stationery Office. ISBN 0105910066

HMI. (1997) A Curriculum Framework for Children in their Pre-School Year. Scottish Office.

HMI. (1994) Effective Provision for Special Educational Needs. Scottish Office. ISBN 0748010866

Circular No. 4/96 (1996) Children and Young Persons with Special Educational Needs: Assessment and Recording. Scottish Office.

Relating to hearing impairment

RNID (2000) Effective Inclusion of Deaf Pupils into Mainstream Schools. London: RNID. ISBN 090063474X

RNID (2000) Guidelines for Mainstream Teachers with Deaf Pupils in their Class. London: RNID. ISBN 0900634766

RNID (2000) Using Residual Hearing Effectively. London: RNID. ISBN 0900634758

NDCS (2000) Quality Standards in Education - Scotland. London: NDCS. ISBN 0904691527

Powers, Stephen; Gregory, Susan; Lynas, Wendy; McCracken, Wendy; Watson, Linda; Boulton, Angela; Harris, Dot. (1999) A Review of Good Practice in Deaf Education. London: RNID. ISBN 0900634715

RNID (2000/2001) Directory of Services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People. London: RNID. ISBN 0900634685

NDCS. (2000) Quality Standards in Paediatric Audiology : Volume IV : Guidelines for the early identification and the audiological management of children with hearing loss. London: NDCS. ISBN 0904691543

Relating to visual impairment

Aitken, S; Buultjens, M; Clark, C; Eyre, JT; Pease, L. (2000) Teaching Children who are Deafblind: Contact, Communication and Learning. London: David Fulton. ISBN 1853466743

Arter, C ? [et al] (1999) Children with Visual Impairment in Mainstream Settings. London: David Fulton. ISBN 1853465836

Cole-Hamilton, Issy; Vale, Dan. (2000) Shaping the Future: the experiences of blind and partially sighted children in the UK: summary report. RNIB. ISBN 1858784492

RNIB (1998) Vision for the Future: A framework for minimum standards in visual impairment (2nd edition). London: RNIB. ISBN 1858780640

Mason, M; McCall, S (1997) Visual Impairment: Access to education for children and young people. London: David Fulton. ISBN 1853464120

The following documents are available at the web sites indicated

Educating the Whole Child

Report into the education of children with severe low incidence disabilities.

An Ethos of Achievement

Implementing Inclusiveness Realising Potential

The parent's guide to special educational needs (RTF)

Achieving Success: A report on the review of provision in S1/S2 by HM Inspectors of Schools

Early Intervention: 1997-98

Time for teaching (PDF)

Review of assessment in pre-school and 5-14

How good is our school?

Taking a Closer Look at Specialist Services

Good Practice: Standards and Quality Reports

A Route to Equality and Fairness 

Standards in Scotland's Schools etc. Act 2000 

A Curriculum Framework for Children in their Pre-school Year

The Scottish Sensory Centre has an extensive library of books and assessment materials which may be borrowed in person or through the postal lending system.

For further information contact the Resource Library Manager, Phone: 0131 651 6069, Text: 0131 651 6067, Fax: 0131 651 6502.

Contacts and Addresses


Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA)
Project Manager, Special Needs, Qualifications Strategy Unit, Hanover House, 24 Douglas Street, Glasgow G2 7NQ
Phone: 0141 242 2314. Fax: 0141 242 2244.
Web site:

Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA)
Officer, Special Assessment Arrangements, Ironmills Road, Dalkeith EH22 1LE.
Phone: 0131 561 6890. 
Web site:

Scottish Sensory Centre
Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh EH8 8AQ.
Phone: 0131 651 6501. Fax: 0131 651 6502. Text: 0131 651 6067.
Web site:

Centre for Sensory Impaired People
The Marine, 17 Gullane Street, Partick, Glasgow G11 6HA.
Phone/Fax/Text: 0141 334 5530.

SKILL Scotland
National Bureau for Students with Disabilities, Norton Park, 57 Albion Road, Edinburgh EH7 5QY.
Phone: 0131 475 2348 (voice/text). Fax: 0131 475 2397.
Web page:

SENSE Scotland
5th Floor, 45 Finneston Street, Clydeway Centre, Glasgow G3 8JU.
Phone: 0141 564 2444, Fax: 0141 564 2443, Text: 0141 564 2442
Web site:

National SEN Advisory Forum
Pupils Support Division (SEN), Area 3A (North), Victoria Quay, Edinburgh EH6 6QQ. Fax: 0131 244 794
Web site:

National Grid for Learning (Scotland)
Web site:

Relating to hearing impairment

National Deaf Children's Society
NDCS Scotland, 293-295 Central Chambers, 93 Hope Street, Glasgow G2 6LD.
Phone: 0141 248 2429.
Web site:

The Royal National School for the Deaf
9a Clairmont Gardens, Glasgow G3 7LW.
Phone: 0141 332 0343.
Web site:

British Deaf Association
3rd Floor, Princes House, 5 Shandwick Place, Edinburgh EH2 4RG.
Phone: 0131 221 1137, Fax: 0131 221 7960, Text: 0131 221 7962.
National office: 1-3 Worship Street, London EC2A 2AB.
Phone(Voice & Text): 0207 588 3520.
Web site:

The British Association of Teachers of the Deaf
Carole Sturt, Chairperson, West Lothian Hearing Impaired Services, Deans Primary School, Deans, Livingston EH54 8DB.
Web site:

British Association of Education Audiologists (BAEA)
Scottish Education Audiology Group, Service for Children and Young People with Sensory Impairment, Auchterderran Centre, Woodend Road, Cardenden KY5 ONE.
Phone: 01592 414708.

Scottish Council on Deafness
Clerwood House, 96 Clermiston Road Edinburgh EH12 6UT. 
Phone: 0131 314 6075, Text: 0131 314 6078, Fax: 0131 314 6078.

PO Box 20, Haverhill, Suffolk CB9 7BD. Phone: 01440 783689, Fax: 01440 783689.

Durham University Science Park, Block 4, Stockton Road, Durham DH1 3UZ
Phone (Voice & Text): 0191 383 1155, Fax: 0191 383 7914.
Web site:

Scottish Cochlear Implant Programme
Cochlear Implant Clinic, Crosshouse Hospital, Crosshouse, Kilmarnock KA2 0BE.
Phone: 01563 577080 Fax: 01563 572009.

Relating to visual impairment

Royal National School for the Blind
Education Centre, Dunedin House, 25 Ravelston Terrace, Edinburgh EH4 3TP.
Phone: 0131 311 8500.
Web site:

Guide Dogs for the Blind
Princess Alexandra House, Dundee Road, Forfar, Angus DD8 1JA.
Phone: (01307) 463531 Fax: (01307) 465233.
Web site:

The Scottish National Federation for the Welfare of the Blind
Hon Secretary John Duncan, 5 Balmanshanner Rise, Forfar DD8 1DP.
Phone: 01382 227101. Fax: 01382 203553. 

National Library for the Blind (NLB)
Far Cromwell Road, Bredbury, Stockport SK6 2SG.
Phone: 0161 355 2000. Fax: 0161 355 2098.
Web site:

Clear Vision Project (for books adapted for children with VI)
Lindon Lodge School, 61 Princes Way, London SW19 4QH.
Phone: 0208 789 9575.
Web site:

Calibre Cassette Library
Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire HP22 5XQ.
Phone: 01296 432339. Fax: 01296 392599.

Further copies of this document may be obtained from:

The Scottish Sensory Centre
Moray House School
University of Edinburgh
Holyrood Road

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