Candy Clarkson MA.Ed

SpLD Specialist Assessor

Candy Clarkson MA.Ed

Assessment Practising Certificate

PGCE(Secondary)  CertEd(FE)  NASENCO  RSADip(SpLD)

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

More often than not, these difficulties 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.  In March 2021, however, their reported percentage is 15.9%.  This decrease may be due to significant underidentification of SpLDs and the frustrations currently encountered by many parents, in getting their children's 'additional to' and 'different from' educational needs recognised and met. 

According to the British Dyslexia Association, 10% of the UK population are believed to be 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 functional learning strengths, difficulties, opportunities and challenges, complete with recommendations for all available support, they can more confidently go on to meet their current educational and workplace challenges.  They can then best identify and plan their 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