Candy Clarkson MA(Ed)

SpLD Specialist Assessor

About​ Candy

For over 40 years, I have worked with people with the whole range of SpLDs, in: inner city comprehensive schools, an independent senior school, a special school for students with moderate, severe and profound learning difficulties and physical disabilities, a specialist unit for ASD students, a Pupil Referral Unit, Further Education colleges, universities, adult literacy classes and a residential home for ex-offenders.


I have 35 years' highly successful school and adult teaching experience, preparing students for 11+, Common Entrance, GCSE, ‘A’ Level and a variety of academic and vocational qualifications, from basic skills to higher professional level.  During this time, I was consistently rated by OFSTED as a 'good' or 'outstanding' teacher/lecturer.  I have served as an assistant national examiner for AQA GCSE English Language and Literature, pioneered several national literacy initiatives, regularly planned and delivered INSET (whole school staff training) on various aspects of SpLD and held a variety of teaching and senior management posts, including those of SENCO and Assistant Headteacher.


I now work as a self-employed, fully qualified, specialist assessor.  With over 12 years' fully qualified experience of assessment for access arrangements in examinations, I am regularly commissioned by schools and colleges nationwide, to act as their appointed, IR35 compliant, specialist assessor.  Further, I undertake SpLD full diagnostic assessments for people of all ages, 7 years old or over.  I am also delighted to offer free and continuous advice and support on any aspect of SpLD.


To ensure that I can always give my clients the best possible service and advice, I attend continuous professional development courses and keep up to date with the latest research and develpments in Special Educational Needs and provision. I hold the following qualifications:

  • Assessment Practising Certificate (British Dyslexia Association)
  • Professional Membership of PATOSS and The British Dyslexia Association
  • DBS Update Service
  • RSA Diploma SpLD
  • OCR Level 7 Teaching and Assessing Learners with SpLD
  • National Award for SENCOs
  • PGCE (Secondary)
  • CertEd (Further Education)
  • MA Organisation, Planning and Management in Education (Distinction)
  • BA (Hons) English Literature and Philosophy