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Black Rabbit Training and Asssessment


We have over a decade of expreience in Special Needs Education.

Our assessors are qualified to level 7 in the area of specialist training and assessment and have worked in primary, secondary, Further Education and Higher Education.



Lead assessor: Lynn Lovell


Qualification held and awarding institution:


Currently working towards Doctorate in Education (University of Bath)


Master of Arts (Specific Learning Difficulties) (Bath Spa University)


PGCert Literacy & Dyslexia (Dyslexia Action - University of York)


Certificate of Competence in Psychometric Testing: Assessment & Access

Arrangements (CPT3A, Real Training)


Approved Practitioner Status (British Dyslexia Association)



Current Practising Certificate number and issuing body :


PATOSS Practising Certificate No. 500002236





7 years as acting Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinator in a secondary setting


3 years working alongside colleagues in primary school, assessing students for specific

learning difficulties


3 years in Further Education College teaching and assessing learner’s with Specific Learning Difficulties


Currently teaching the level 5 and level 7 ATS and AMBDA courses in 2 Higher Education settings


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Suzy Sheppard


I am a mother of four neurodivergent children and understand the frustrations that this brings, as well as the shared celebrations and achievements.  


Initially, battling against an education system that refused to recognise and develop my children’s’ strengths as learners, I became interested in SpLDs and finding teaching methods that suited their ways of learning.  


Fast forward 20 years and I have been working as a teacher for over 15 years, across all key stages, in a variety of mainstream, special schools and alternative provisions.  


I have been tutoring students with dyslexia for ten years, and during the last two years I have increased my hours working with students whose needs aren’t being met in mainstream or who need extra individual input to help them recognise and build on their strengths as learners.


I hold the British Dyslexia Association AMBDA qualification

(certificate number 18/AMB06098)


I am also member of PATOSS and am listed on their website as an assessor and teacher

(certificate number 500002757)


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Qualification and Awarding Institution


BA (Hons) Psychology (Open University)


PGCE KS2/3 English & Literacy Difficulties (Bath Spa University College)


Currently working towards an MA in Education (SpLDs) (Bath Spa University)