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Dynamic Assessment and Mediation of Cognitive Functions: Application & Reflection30 creditsMaster of EducationOnline and face-to-faceContinuing Professional DevelopmentValidated by Middlesex University

You will need to pass Skills & Knowledge before you take this module.

We will also require you to attend a two-day face-to-face training event in London on the Cognitive Abilities Profile (CAP) and Dynamic Assessment and Mediation.

Why take this module?

Develop the specialist knowledge and practice-based understanding that will enable you to become a specialist in this area and to make a real difference to the lives of children with SLD or PMLD.

Through applied learning, you will gain a technical understanding of their needs. You will learn how to adapt the curriculum for them; how to assess their progress; and how to collaborate with parents, carers and other professionals.

Dynamic Assessment and Mediation of Cognitive Functions: Application & Reflection will enable you to gain an in-depth foundational knowledge of the relevant theories, policies and research, and the ability to critique knowledge and existing practice.

The course starts in May.

Book and enrol before 15 May to join our next cohort.

How will you benefit?

Develop professional expertise

  • Use consultation models to work with a peer and complete a profile on a learner and their learning environment.
  • Understand the contribution of cognitive abilities to a learner’s profile of attainment.
  • Know how to link assessment and intervention.
  • Use CAP to rate the cognitive abilities of a learner, their response to teaching and mediation, and carry out a task analysis.
  • Draw up a CAP intervention plan.
  • Become a certified CAP practitioner.
  • Identify barriers to learning and plan targeted interventions.
  • Learn to use two Dynamic Assessment test.

Add real value to your school

  • Bring expertise in-school and save money.
  • Develop practical skills, tutored by experienced professionals.
  • Access a wealth of practical resources, academic research and interactive materials to support you.
  • Develop your confidence to support the most vulnerable and complex children in your school effectively.

Learn on the job

  • Harness your day-to-day professional experience and work with your tutor to develop your skills.
  • Theories, reflection and activities will help you to explore aspects of your own and others’ practice.

Engage with flexible e-learning

  • Study online and integrate your learning into your working day.
  • Work at a time and pace that suits you.
  • Take part in a flexible module that draws on a broad range of learning tasks and practical experience.
  • Work closely with your peers and dedicated tutors online.
  • Experience mentoring and work placements that really complement your learning.
  • Access our sophisticated online learning platform and utilise the latest technologies: video and multimedia content, case studies and problem-based scenarios, directed reading, structured learning logs, online discussion, online questionnaires, peer evaluation, student forum and webinars (with tutors and guest lecturers).

Accrue credits towards your MEd

  • Attain 30 Masters-level (M-level) credits when you successfully complete this module.
  • We offer an unrivalled range of follow-on, practice-led SEND courses that count towards your MEd.
  • Get 180 credits and the MEd is yours.

Connect with your peers

  • Obtain exclusive access to Campus OnlineTM.
  • Interact with your peers using our advanced learning platform and our unique student forum.

We will ensure that you never feel lonely or unsupported in your studies.

Liaise with experienced tutors

  • Enjoy dedicated specialist support from a broad range of experienced tutors.
  • Work with a learning coach, professional tutor and receive dedicated support from the tutor team – made up of experienced SENCOs/SEN consultants/educational psychologists (EPs).

Our SENCOs and EPs know the education sector inside out.

Choose a start date that suits you

Start the module in May.

Book and enrol before 15 May to join our next cohort.

Please note

This module is quality assured by Middlesex University.

The module content

This is in the process of development. As yet, it has not been set in stone.

How will you be assessed?

You will need to produce:

  • Practice analysis: Produce a cognitive profile of a learner which includes: reasons for selection; a completed CAP and intervention plan.
  • Reflective analysis: Write a reflective commentary on the use of CAP, including a reflection/critique on: the use of CAP in a consultation context; and the overall strengths and limitations of CAP – with clear reference to published sources.

Where indicated by your tutor, you may submit multimedia resources that you have produced within your applied practice as part of your final portfolio of evidence.

How is the module delivered?

  • You will develop your professional knowledge and understanding through practice – it’s the best way to learn.
  • Campus OnlineTM will support you with content that complements your learning every step of the way.
  • Study with some of the finest practitioners around and engage with outstanding content and practical activities that truly enhance your professional development.

Are you eligible?

Do you have an undergraduate degree?

You will need one to take this module.

Already working in an education setting?

You will get the most out of this module if you work in an education setting with children, young people or adults.

Or do you require access to an education setting?

You will need to get written permission from a senior member of staff to regularly access a setting. We will show you the best way to do this, enabling you to carry out our learning activities in your chosen setting.

Please note

As part of this process, you will also need to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Visit GOV.UK for more information.

Are you based in an international setting?

This course is available online and can therefore be completed anywhere in the world. Please click here for advice on payment options and other information relevant to those studying outside of the UK.

How much does it cost?

We offer a flexible range of fees to suit your finances:

  • Single payment of £1,600 + VAT.
  • Three monthly instalments of £558 + VAT.
  • Ten monthly instalments of £152 + VAT.

You will need to attend a compulsory two-day face-to-face training event in London on CAP and Dynamic Assessment and Mediation.

As part of the course, you will receive a copy of the CAP manual and additional record forms (worth £245 + VAT) absolutely free.

Speak to us (01273 358080) or make a booking.

When does the course start?

The cohort begins in May.

Book and enrol before 15 May to join our next cohort.

Please note: as it takes time to process your application and payment, we strongly recommend to register as soon as possible, so that you don’t miss the next intake.

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Ruth Deutsch

‘It will enable teachers to evaluate students much more effectively. They will be able to assess students on both the content of their learning and the understanding of their thinking skills. Not only that, they will be able to better identify those problems and obstacles that are barriers to each student’s effective and efficient thinking.’
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