Observation Report of my Visual Interventions and Social Stories Training Event in Wakefield

WDT Observation Report                    (O1)


To be completed and returned to trainer by WDO


Course Title


Social Story Training
Name of Trainer


Andrew Whitehouse – People First Education
Date of Observation


Name of Observer


Leanne Crossley
Aim of Session


The training will enable staff to develop social stories to use in different situations with the children and young people they work with.



Length of Session


1 day, 9.30-4.30
Length of Observation


 9.15 – 4.45




Did the trainer:- Y/N Comments
Check the environment and resources beforehand?


Y Environment and resources set up well in advance of course starting.  Trainer had checked whereabouts of resources, toilets etc beforehand.
Take into account any health & safety issues?


Y Trainer ensured all learners signed register.  Trainer regularly checked that learners could see screen, flipchart etc and advised learners to take care around screen stand.  Didn’t discuss fire procedure with learners.
Ensure there were enough resources for all learners?


Y As trainer hadn’t checked beforehand whether the venue had wifi and had planned to download resources electronically due to wifi being unavailable he took learners e mail addresses to send out resources afterward.  Trainer had brought a wide range of reference books for learners to look at.
Have a session plan with aim/objectives?


Y Trainer had a session plan and outlined what would be covered throughout the day although didn’t discuss the aims and objectives with learners.




Did the trainer:- Y/N Comments
Deliver an introduction, main content and summary?


Y Introduced the course and the content that would be covered as well as break times etc.  Trainer delivered main content as discussed with learners at the beginning of the course.  Summarised and carried out group evaluation exercise at the end of the day.
Establish and maintain a rapport with the individual/group?


Y Trainer spoke to learners as they arrived and thoroughly introduced himself at the beginning of the course.  Asked learners to introduce themselves (name and place of work), may have further helped develop rapport by asking learners a bit more about their work and relevant experience.  Rapport was built by using humour appropriately throughout the course and the trainer used many examples of using social stories from his family life.
Demonstrate knowledge of their subject?


Y Trainer appeared very knowledgeable and was able to use anecdotes from his own family experience as well as professional experience as well as referencing legislation and useful reading.
Take into account different learning styles e.g. VARK?


Y V – notes made on flipchart, power point, film clips,  A –  discussion as a whole group and smaller group discussion,  R – recording ideas  K –  sharing experience, books for learners to look at.
Use a range of assessment methods (Initial, Formative and Summative) Y Trainer didn’t initially ask learners about their experience but did assess through formative methods including group discussion and feedback, regularly checked groups learning and invited questions.  Learning was summarised by checking what learners had gained at the end of the day.
Use a range of activities?



Y A range of activities were used including discussion as a group, small group discussion, and power point.


Communicate appropriately and effectively?


Y The trainer communicated clearly and confidently and listened to comments and questions.
Manage the session appropriately and effectively, e.g. dealing with disputes?


Y The session was managed appropriately and there were no disputes throughout the day.  The trainer occasionally asked learners to listen and to stop swinging on chairs in an appropriate way.  May have been useful to establish some ground rules at the outset to help manage any disputes should they have arisen.
Appear confident and professional?


Y Trainer was confident, professional and approachable.
Take into account, equality, differentiation, inclusivity and diversity?


Y Used appropriate language throughout and made the session inclusive.  Trainer specifically talked about language and what terms are appropriate to use such as using the terms ‘special interests’ rather than ‘obsessions’.




Did the trainer:- Y/N Comments
Ask questions and involve the group where appropriate?


Y Group were kept fully involved and their feedback was regularly sought.  The trainer invited questions and encouraged group discussion.
Give positive feedback where relevant?


Y The trainer gave positive feedback whenever individuals/groups made contributions.
Summarise the session?



Y Trainer checked learning at regular intervals and gave opportunities to ask questions.  The session was summarised by carrying out the Workforce Development group evaluation exercise.
Achieve their aim/objective/learning outcomes?


Y All learning outcomes were covered.
Clear up the area afterwards?



Y The trainer cleared up all resources.
Complete relevant records?



Y Learners were asked to sign register.  Certificates were given out and the group evaluation exercise was carried out.
Evaluate their session?

(Including Part B of the Session Plan)


N/A Trainer to send Part B to Workforce Development Team.


Observer Signature:


Leanne Crossley
Contact Details of Observer (for feedback purposes):





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