Candy Clarkson MA.Ed

SpLD Specialist Assessor

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Due to the overwhelming demand for assessments for access arrangements in examinations, we are not currently offering Full Diagnostic Assess​ments.  To find an APC qualified assessor in your area, please visit: or

How will a Full Diagnostic Assess​ment help?

A full diagnostic assessment is the recognised passport for application for the DSA (Disabled Students' Allowance) and Workplace Needs Support (Access to Work). It also gives evidence-based recommendations for access arrangements in nationally recognised examinations.

A full diagnostic assessment enables employers, teachers and parents to recognise and meet a person's learning needs and know how best to support them.

A full diagnostic assessment uses standardised psychometric tests to map a person’s individual profile of ability and attainment. It assesses their strengths, difficulties and explains the challenges that they face and opportunities that they might consider.  It then makes clear recommendations for interventions and support at work, in education and at home.


Having a formal diagnosis, explaining how a person needs to learn differently, always comes as a tremendous relief to both children and adults alike.  To know that they are not simply '‘stupid’ or ‘lazy’,  safeguards a person's self-confidence, self-esteem and motivates them to re-engage with their learning.  


What does it involve?

For a child aged 9 years or older, a full diagnostic assessment begins with a questionnaire for the parent/carer to complete, giving important background information.  A questionnaire is also sent to your child's school for them to record the results of any screening tests and additional help that they will already have offered to your child.

If you are an adult in employment, education or training, you and your employer or institution will be sent questionnaires to complete and return, to provide important background information.

Once the questionnaires have been returned, the assessment can then undertaken in my office at home, or, your home, school, college, university or place of work.  Allowing for rest breaks and easy conversation, assessment normally takes between 3-4 hours.  It then takes up to 2 weeks to prepare the first draft of your 20-30 page report, which is then emailed to you for your approval.

When you have approved the report, the final copy is sent to you.

How much does it cost?

A Full Diagnostic Assessment and report costs £450 + travel, payable on the day of assessment. 

Many universities (including The Open University) will refund part or all of the cost of an assessment for DSA support.  Please contact the Disability and Access Department of your destination university, to check their current policy.

If on the day of assessment, testing shows that here is no evidence for the presence of a SpLD and you do not need a written report, then you are only charged £100 for the time and cost of assessment materials.

In the event of financial difficulty, please email [email protected] for a private discussion.

'My daughter really enjoyed her visit to see you and I would like to thank you for your very comprehensive report. 

It has been a great help.'

Mrs N.C. Reading

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