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Dynamic Assessment training for Educational Psychology/applied psychology services


Dynamic Assessment overview

Half day or one day, depending on amount of detail required.

Target audience: Education professionals in schools, support services or psychology services with no prior background or experience in DA.

Content: Overview of theory, cognitive functions of the learner and mediation. Introduction to DA tests. The one day course allows some time for looking at selected tests in more detail.


Dynamic Assessment basics

Two days

Target audience: Educational Psychologists or other applied psychologists working in settings where assessment is required to inform interventions. No significant previous experience of DA is required.

Content: Theory underpinning DA, cognitive functions of the learner, mediation, analysing the cognitive content of tasks, DA tests: selection, administration, interpretation.


Dynamic Assessment refresher

One day

Target audience: Educational Psychologists or other applied psychologists who have used or received some DA input but have not had extensive experience of practical application.

Content: An overview and reminder of the theory underpinning DA, cognitive functions of the learner, mediation and analysing the cognitive content of tasks. Refresher about test use which can be tailored to specific requirements: for example, in relation to specific ages/Key Stages or target group of learners.


Dynamic Assessment with young children

One day

Target audience: Practitioners with some experience of using DA.

Content: Theory overview (recap), Early years/pre school cognitive functions, play based assessment using DA approaches, Carol Lidz Application of Cognitive Functions Scale (ACFS), Judy Waters Let’s Play, overview of David Tzuriel’s younger years tests and in depth examination of the CMB and CATM.


Recording and reporting DA

Target audience: Practitioners with some experience of using DA.

Content: Recap of DA practice, contemporaneous recording, use of published materials for recording different ways communicating in writing, feedback and follow up.


Life after the Complex Figure: expanding your DA repertoire
Target audience: Practitioners with some experience of using DA.

This workshop is ideal for those who are a bit ‘stuck’ in their use of DA tests and who want to use a wider range of tests.
The workshop introduces some lesser used tests such as Organiser, Positional Learning, Classification and Class Inclusion. The workshop also provides an opportunity for participants to receive feedback about any specific questions they might have about DA practice.


Life without IQ testing: Norm referenced and dynamic approaches for assessing cognition and for providing follow up
Target audience: Practitioners with some experience of using DA.
A one day workshop, ideal for those with some background and experience of DA. This workshop combines dynamic and norm referenced approaches via an examination of DA tests for different ages/phases. It gives an overview of the Das & Naglieri Cognitive Assessment System (CAS), which is a norm referenced test of cognitive processing.


ICAN training programmes

Dr Jane Yeomans is an ICAN Licensed trainer for Talk Boost and Early Talk Boost.

Talk Boost

Talk Boost is a Wave 2 language intervention programme designed to be delivered to small groups of pupils three times a week over a 10 week period. The programme includes whole class follow up sessions.

Training can be delivered over one day or a series of twilight sessions (2 or 4).

Target audience: Class teachers and TAs working in Reception and Key Stage 1 classes.

Content: ​The training delivers all the information and skills needed to implement Talk Boost. It looks at the background to the intervention, which children to include, the programme content to be delivered and how to track progress. The programme content for pupils covers five areas of language: attention and listening, vocabulary, building sentences, telling stories and conversations.


Early Talk Boost

Early Talk Boost is a pre school language programme for pupils aged 3-4 years who have delayed language development. It is aimed at nurseries and other early years providers who cater for pupils aged 3 to 4 years (4 year olds in Reception would receive Talk Boost).Early Talk Boost is delivered to a small group of 6 to 8 children, three times a week for nine weeks. The intervention is structured and timed so that it can replace a group time session that is usually delivered in early years settings. 

Target audience: Pre school/early years providers, staff working in Local Authority maintained nurseries (teachers and TAs).

​Content: The training delivers all the information and skills needed to implement Talk Boost. It looks at the background to the intervention, which children to include, the programme content to be delivered and how to track progress. The programme content for pupils covers four areas of language: attention and listening, developing vocabulary, building sentences and having conversations.


Thinking Skills workshops for schools and pre school/early years settings


Supporting children's thinking: an introduction to thinking skills and mediation

​Half day or two twilight/daytime sessions of 1.5 hours.

Target audience: Teachers and/or Teaching Assistants.

Content: What we mean by thinking skills and how these help children to be effective learners. Principles and practice of mediation.


Supporting children's thinking in pre school and early years settings

Half day or two twilight/daytime sessions of 1.5 hours.

Target audience: Staff working in pre school/early years settings and in Local Authority maintained nurseries
Content: What we mean by thinking skills in the early years. Sustained shared thinking. Helping children to be effective learners. Principles and practice of mediation, with an emphasis on mediating thinking skills through play.


Supporting your child's thinking

1.5 hour workshop for parents looking at how they can support the development of thinking skills through a range of everyday activities in the home. The emphasis is on learning through play. Suitable for parents of nursery/Key Stage 1 children.


An introduction to Dynamic Assessment

Half day or two twilight/daytime sessions of 1.5 hours.
Target audience: Teachers and/or Teaching Assistants.
Content: Introduction to DA principles and some basic on how to assess dynamically


Training programmes related to reading acquisition and support for failing readers

Reading is everywhere! ​An hour and half long workshop for parents of nursery aged children which gives practical strategies for supporting early reading development at home.


Direct Instruction (DI) : Half day or two twilight/daytime sessions of 1.5 hours that teaches the skills needed to deliver small group reading instruction using DI approaches. This is particularly useful when combined with Precision Teaching.


Pause, Prompt and Praise. Half day or two twilight/daytime sessions of 1.5 hours, plus one follow up session of 1 hour to observe practice. Suitable for Teaching Assistants.

Pause, Prompt and Praise is a method of one to one reading tuition that uses text. The training covers background to the approach, the skills needed to deliver Pause, Prompt and Praise, book selection and progress monitoring. A follow up session is arranged to observe delivery of the tuition and feedback is given.


Dyslexiaawareness raising or more in depth training about identification and intervention. Twilight, half day or full day depending on needs.

Other training offered


Conflict resolution and anger management

Anxiety: using cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) approaches to help children and young people manage anxiety

Motivational Interviewing

An introduction to supporting SEMH (social, emotional and mental health) needs in school

Practical applications of attachment theory

Mediation of thinking skills: promoting metacognition

Supporting language development

Exam anxiety and study support

Lego®Based Therapy

Social stories

Zones of Regulation and the 5 point Scale


Executive Function: awareness raising and/or training for Teaching Assistants and Mentors in coaching Executive Function


Non aversive approaches to managing challenging behaviour: Dr Yeomans is trained in La Vigna's non aversive approach to the management of challenging behaviour and has substantial experience of carrying out functional analysis of behaviour in mainstream and special school. 
A basic introduction to this approach is delivered via half day or two twilight sessions for teaching and support staff in special or mainstream schools. The training is then followed up by staff consultations and supervision of staff implementing behaviour management programmes.
Please contact Dr Yeomans for more information in order to draw up a package tailored to the needs of your school or setting.


Precision Teaching: basic and advanced.