Individual Learning Profiles
What is the brain dominance assessment?

The ILP assessment uses 4 fun, active, physical checks and a questionnaire to identify a persons dominant, left or right, eye, ear, foot, hand and brain hemisphere.

It's not just 'another assessment' here we're not measuring ability, function or level, but getting insight into HOW a student receives, processes and communicates information - or how they learn! The ILP assessment is:

Engaging and very enjoyable to do.
Any member of staff can carry out an assessment with an individual, group or the whole class
Students record their own results on their recording sheets.
Takes only 10 and 20 minutes depending on the size of the group.

How can the ILP assessment make learning successful

The brain and body dominance assessment is the foundation to the whole ILP programme. Combined with the software and its teaching focused features, ILP offers the most complete system of identifying and matching the right learning style to the most effective teaching method available today.

With ILP, school's will support teachers in creating motivating and engaging learning environments, and enable students to reach their potential, feel valued and confident to excel.

Background to the Dominance Assessment Left and Right Brain Research

Pioneering medical experiments and psychological research that began in the 1970s by Drs. Sperry and Ornstein demonstrated that the left and right brain perceive the world differently.

As the field of brain research gathered momentum, scientists observed the relationship between hand and brain dominance and its relationship with communication.

Differences Between Left and Right Brain Hemispheres

One of the fundamental areas of the assessment is the questionnaire which establishes our left or right brain dominance. This is significant as the left and right hemispheres have their own unique way of perceiving the world.

In general, the left hemisphere is more structure orientated, language focused, detail driven, time conscious, routine biased, abstract thinking and goal orientated.

The right hemisphere is more holistic, communicates non-verbally, big picture, feeling driven, change and contrast biased, concrete thinking and socially orientated.


A common misconception is the idea of the right being creative and the left being scientific. Our dominant hemisphere is about howwe approach ideas, the way we engage in a project and how we express ourselves.
We can be creative and artistic using a structured and systematic approach, and scientific and architectural using creative and intuitive processes.

Hand, eye, ear and foot dominance and Learning
In the 1980s, educationalists like Dr. Carla Hannaford explored the relationship of eye, ear, foot, hand and brain dominances with learning.

Her vision, research and writings in the field of dominance, neurophysiology and learning still receives international acclaim. Her work in particular is the inspiration behind ILP.
Our Dominance Profile and Learning Success
The brain is very adaptive and works best as an integrated whole. However, each hemisphere has its own strengths. It addition, each hemisphere initially receives and processes information from the hand, eye, ear and foot on the opposite side.

For instance, if we have a dominant right brain and dominant right eye, we will be driven more by the right brain qualities, but process and perceive visual information through the characteristics of the left hemisphere.

In the classroom, students with this profile will be engaged and connected to their learning if the visual information is presented in a left brain structured way, like a list or flow chart. With their right brain being dominant, the underlying dynamics of a lesson would be practical, supporting a preference for group work or exploratory learning.

The ILP Go! Reports analyses the learning needs and suggests the strategies to support every learner.

Ideas to Reduce Stress and Keep On Learning

Stress limits the brain's ability to process information. Known as cortical inhibition, stress temporally reduces activity in our nondominant hemisphere.

This means if, for instance, our left hemisphere is the non-dominant one, once we're under stress, we will have limited access to its strengths. If we have a dominant right ear, we will also find listening difficult at this time, as the non-dominant left brain hemisphere will be struggling to process the auditory information it receives.

In the classroom, identifying students with this profile means when introducing a new or complex subject, we can keep them 'switched on' and engaged by actively applying some simple techniques. This would include getting students to repeat back key information, write up key teaching points during a presentation, use demonstrate and do methods.

Free ILP Resources to use right now

If you would like to try the assessment and sample a version of the individual reports before you buy, then sign in below and download the free resources. There is no software to use or subscribe to. A simple no frills version that will give you great results.

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Free Access to the software and 5 free reports

We have teamed up with Promethean to provide their members with a host of ILP resources. If you are a registered Promethean Planet user you can download assessment flipcharts and use the voucher codes included. This voucher gives your school a free trial license of the software and 5 free accounts to save and print an ILP report for 5 students.