Instrumental Enrichment – LEVEL 1
The IE- ONLINE training  course : a brief introduction

The Feuerstein Instrumental Enrichment (IE) programme, is a structured and systematic programme consisting of 14 ‘Instruments’ in all, for teaching children, adolescents (and adults) to become more effective thinkers and problem solvers. IE has been taught world-wide and translated into many languages. Level Training lays the foundation of good thinking and consists of the first 4 instruments of the programme.

Why teach thinking skills?

There are many people children and adults who do not effectively use or develop their cognitive (thinking) skills. These may include:

  • Children and adults with learning difficulties
  • Children or adults who do not achieve their potential due to unfavourable family, social, educational or cultural circumstances
  • Children or adults who are bright or gifted underachievers
  • Children or adults who have difficulty learning and working due primarily to emotional difficulties.

Children, adolescents and adults with any or a combination of learning challenges, within mainstream education, or in special schools and colleges are amongst those for whom IE has been found to be very useful. IE is one of the most thorough andf structured thinking skills programmes available.  Based on a sound theoretical basis and taught with thoughtful analysis of the learner’s needs, the IE materials can become a very useful tool in the teacher’s or therapist’s repertoire of methods and skills to help a wide range of people of asl ages.

The role of thinking skills in National Curriculum:

At a time when teachers everywhere are struggling to meet the challenges of teaching National Curriculum subjects and where children are regularly assessed throughout their educational years, there is a great deal of emphasis on the need to teach subject content. The realisation that children also need to be taught the processes of learning, how to become efficient and effective learners, is often difficult to achieve in a very prescriptive, curriculum-lead educational system. In our fast -changing technology driven world, people are increasingly aware that subject knowledge and skills on their own are not enough. Successive governments have emphasised the importance of teaching Thinking Skills – Learning how to Learn- in reviews of the National Curriculum and such teaching is embedded in all stages of the curriculum.

What does IE aim to do?

To develop, improve and correct cognitive difficulties (blocks) in the learning process by:-

  • Teaching the language needed to describe and observe objects, concepts, events, relationships and contexts adequately
  • Encouraging the learner to be curious and interested in learning new things
  • Strengthening the learner’s motivation through forming better thinking habits; to collect information systematically and thoughtfully and to learn to respond appropriately
  • Improving their reflective thinking and insight (metacognition)
  • Encouraging an active quest for information instead of passively waiting for things to happen.

What will you learn at the IE Level1 workshop?

  • You will be introduced to the theory/concepts underlying the IE programme
  • You will take part in all IE activities and learn how to teach the first four instruments of the programme
  • You will learn  how to understand and analyse cognitive skills at different ages and stages and how these are built up and taught in the IE programme
  • You will be given handouts and reading materials to further develop your interest and skills and you will be able to become a trained practitioner in IE
  • You will be taught how to use IE to underpin and strengthen areas of curricular learning, social relationships and help students gain greater self -regulation, both in and out of school.
  • You will be taught how to develop social awareness in others, using IE materials
  • Following training, you will be able to access regular support and advice to help you implement and improve your skills

How long is IE training?

IE training is carried out according to guidelines set by Feuerstein’s Institute.  Courses are 45 teaching hours and in the new IE Online programme these will be delivered through a unique blend of pre-recorded videos, assignments and live sessions delivered online.

All practitioners completing training requirements receive the internationally accredited certificate from Feuerstein’s institute.,*see the course timetable below

The Instruments are built up systematically to enable students to experience success and motivation. Developing links to situations in everyday life and teaching the learner how to bridge effectively to their daily needs is an essential component of the programme.  Students are specifically helped to generate new information, make decisions, learn to organise, plan and anticipate future events, develop language, logical reasoning and empathy, taking responsibility and finding solutions for a range of academic and social problems. 

Course materials, content and timing :

  • There will be a eight live sessions of 2.5 hours each + assignments to enrich your learning (No grades or marking- it’s your own learning! )
  • The live sessions will take place once a week, so that you have a good amount of time  to review and prepare  between sessions.
  • All live sessions will  be recorded for you to review what we have learnt .
  • There will be one pre-recorded video for you to watch each week, and these will be available for you to revisit important concepts at your convenience.
  • All course materials, IE Instruments,  special handouts, acess to videos  and additional items for your use, will be  provided for you.

Course Dates:

  • Live sessions on Zoom, will be held weekly on Sunday evenings from 7.00-9.30pm. from Sunday 6th June – Sunday 1st August (dates and times may be adjusted according the  convenience of the group).

Cost of the course:

The complete course including  all instruments, handouts, videos  and registration  fees at the Feuerstein Institute, is £650.00 per participant.

What will you need:

  • A computer with audio and a webcam and access to Zoom.
  • Your Interest, Motivation and Enthusiasm – QUANTITY Unlimited!

Teachers, therapists, psychologists and others working with typically developing children/adolescents or adults or with anyone experiencing learning or developmental difficulties.

Applicants for this course do not have to be familiar with Feuerstein’s Cognitive Development programmes.  It is suitable for newcomers to Cognitive Education & Mediated Learning.

Prospective applicants are welcome to contact

Dr. Ruth Deutsch and discuss their professional training needs and the suitability of  this training programme to fit in with your Continuous Professional Development Plan.


Dr Ruth Deutsch, Chartered Educational and Child Psychologist, is a practising Psychologist and is also lead accredited trainer for the UK in Feuerstein’s training programmes, appointed by the Feuerstein Centre.

Ruth teaches Instrumental Enrichment, Dynamic Assessment, the IE Basic Course as well as Bright Start and other Cognitive Education Programmes.  Ruth teaches on Doctoral University courses for trainee Educational Psychologists.  She is a Consultant Psychologist who works hands -on with children and young people and trains psychologists, therapists and teachers across the U.K and overseas.

TO REGISTER : Please contact Melanie Mirvis:

You are also welcome to contact Dr Ruth Deutsch with specific enquiries at:

Please Register by 3rd May 2021