Candy Clarkson MA(Ed)

SpLD Specialist Assessor

Candy Clarkson MA(Ed)  PGCE(Secondary)  CertEd(FE)  NASENCO  RSADip(SpLD)

Assessment Practising Certificate

Assessments for Access Arrangements in Examinations

​SpLD Full Diagnostic Assessments

Advocacy, Advice and Ongoing Support

SpLD - Specific Learning Difference

SpLD (Specific Learning Difference) is an umbrella term for a subset of specific learning differences in:

  • reading - dyslexia
  • writing - dysgraphia
  • number work - dyscalculia
  • coordination and organisation - dyspraxia
  • inattention and/or impulsivity - ADD/ADHD

These difficulties often overlap and co-exist and each person’s profile of SpLD is as individual as their own set of fingerprints.

According to UK Government Public Health England, in 2018, 33.9% of children in schools were known to have learning differences: and according to the British Dyslexia Association, 10% of the UK population is dyslexic.  Many famously gifted and talented people are known to have, or have had, specific learning differences, including: Albert Einstein, Bill Gates, Greta Thunberg, Jamie Oliver, John Lennon, Keira Knightly, Leonardo da Vinci, Pablo Picasso, Richard Branson, Robin Williams, Steve Jobs, Temple Grandin and Walt Disney.

SpLDs are lifelong and can often cause a person particular difficulties in education and at work.  With 40 years' professionally qualified experience of working with people who have SpLDs, I passionately believe that if a person is given a clear map of their personal learning strengths, difficulties, opportunities and challenges, complete with recommendations for support, they can then confidently go to meet their current educational and workplace challenges.  They can then identify and plan their best future direction and effectively manage their own progress and success, in any of life's future contexts.

Please do not hesitate to email me [email protected] for free, no obligation, further information and advice.


SpLDs - S​p​ecific Learning Differences