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Cognitive Abilities Profile (CAP) courseContinuing Professional Development


cognitive abilities profile ‘This essential course enables you to apply psychology in the classroom and facilitate more effective multi-agency working.’

Many education professionals need to be able to assess student progress effectively. This Cognitive Abilities Profile (CAP) course will bring the unique benefits of dynamic assessment (DA) and cognitive education into the mainstream work of practitioner psychologists and specialist teachers. This will not only teach you how to use CAP to structure an in-depth individualised assessment but will also show you how to use CAP for systematic consultation and observation – which may mitigate the need to carry out individual direct work with a particular student.

This course is designed to train professionals in the comprehensive use of CAP. As a detailed evidence-based tool for consultation and structured data collection, it can be used by a range of professionals, including:

  • Educational and clinical psychologists.
  • Therapists.
  • SENCOs and specialist teachers.

CAP’s advantage is that it is not a psychometric test with age-specific norms. This makes the use of CAP particularly appropriate for a wide variety of students and is not limited to school/academic settings. Within the new SEN legislative framework, CAP can be used for students from early years into adulthood, providing a flexible tool for work in the new extended age range for education, health and care plans (EHCPs) up to the age of 25 years.

CAP is grounded in developmental psychology and underpinned by DA and cognitive approaches to teaching and learning. For example, it emphasises the importance of metacognition in teaching and learning, which has been widely shown in modern education research to be a key factor in the understanding of what works most effectively in the classroom.

Read more about DA and the CAP here

Please note

We advise everyone attending a CAP training course to access the CAP toolkit (consisting of the CAP guidance manual, summary forms, and record forms) (£245 + VAT) in advance.

Find out more about the CAP toolkit.

cognitive abilities profileModule Leader – Dr Ruth Deutsch

Dr. Ruth Deutsch is an internationally renowned expert in dynamic assessment. She is the joint author of the Cognitive Abilities Profile (CAP) and recently completed her PhD on ‘The Reliability, Validity and Educational use of the Cognitive Abilities Profile’ (Deutsch, R.M 2017).


Why take this course?

The CAP course will enable you to:

  • Understand the theoretical basis and goals of CAP.
  • Get to grips with the contents of CAP.
  • Utilise CAP record forms and manual effectively.
  • Use CAP to plan interventions and review progress.

This will strengthen your confidence in the:

  • Gathering of information.
  • Summary and analysis of data.
  • Generation of hypotheses regarding student progress.
  • Identification of the next learning steps.
  • Development of specific measurable targets.
  • Monitoring of progress.

Course dates

The next CAP course is 13-14 October 2020 in London at the Novotel London Bridge Hotel. Please visit our booking page to secure your place.

How is the course delivered?

We deliver two-day face-to-face courses for individuals. The next course will be held in 2020. Please contact us to register your interest and we will then be in touch as soon as the date and venue are confirmed. 

We also organise bespoke national/international courses for those organisations wishing to train up a cohort of staff.

See ‘How much does it cost?’ below for more detail.

How will you benefit?

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Use CAP to help teachers, parents and others understand the learner’s needs.
  • Develop recommendations that lead to an intervention plan (IP).
  • Understand how to use the profile systemically to review progress.

The course content

Day one

An introduction to the aims and objectives

You will find out:

  • The principles of dynamic assessment (DA).
  • The key questions that DA addresses and how DA concepts apply to CAP.
  • The tripartite learning partnership model – the learner, the mediator and the task.

Investigating CAP’s  landscape – from cognitive dysfunctions to cognitive abilities

  • Examine the different models of cognitive processes – particularly phases of thinking and functional domains.
  • Get an overview of the CAP manual’s contents – including records and summary forms, general scoring guidelines and considerations.

Section A of CAP in practice

  • Rate the seven functional domains of cognitive abilities.
  • Record profile information and construct the summary graph – including video analysis and discussion.
  • Undertake optional further analysis.

Day two

Section B of CAP in practice

  • Exploring the differences between direct instruction and mediated learning – while understanding the impact on the learner.
  • Using techniques and video analysis in consulting and rating section B.

Section C of CAP in practice

  • Analyse how observation and analysis actually work in the classroom.
  • Practice in task analysis in and out of the classroom using video.

Review, reflect and follow up

  • Summarise the profile: A + B + C.
  • Evaluate how CAP interpretation leads to intervention targets.
  • Develop an intervention plan (IP).
  • Learn how to customise your IP.
  • Examine CAP’s review cycle.
  • Tackle questions, take part in the discussion, look at the next steps and support for practice.

How will you be assessed?

This course isn’t formally assessed. However, clear staging posts over the two days will ensure that your learning and practice are embedded every step of the way.

Are you eligible?

Access to the course will be highly relevant to psychologists, therapists, and teachers.

Those who do not work in one of these professions are also welcome – as long as they work in the learning and development of children, adolescents, and adults.

How much does it cost?

Courses cost £295 + VAT for each delegate.

If you, or your organisation, would like to book a bespoke two-day course for up to 25 participants, then please do get in touch. The cost of this arrangement is £2,400 + VAT inclusive. Those who may be interested in attending or organising a bespoke CAP course should contact us directly.

We advise you to purchase a CAP toolkit in advance of the event. 

You can procure the CAP Toolkit from the Dyslexia Action Shop.

Find out more about the CAP toolkit.

Speak to us (01273 358080) or send us a message.


‘I found the course inspirational. It made me think about my practice, principles and priorities. I learnt so much and it was good to reaffirm much of what I do value.’ Helen Nation
‘Ruth was so engaging, knowledgeable and truly inspiring. As a trainee, I have learnt so much and feel excited to have a go at using this tool.’ Emma Lynch

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