“A student has SEN where their learning difficulty or disability calls for special educational provision, namely provision different from or additional to that normally available to students of the same age.”


mrs orchard, assistant principal & SENCO





Magna Academy believes every student, regardless of their Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND) has the right to receive the highest quality education, one that is appropriate to their needs, has high standards and the fulfilment of potential. This should enable every student to achieve their best, become confident individuals and make a successful transition into adulthood.

Magna recognises that students with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND) may fall into one or more of the following four categories:

Communication and Interaction

Students with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) have difficulty in communicating with others. This may be because they have difficulty saying what they want to, understanding what is being said to them or they do not understand or use social rules of communication.

Students with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) also known as Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC), are likely to have particular difficulties with social interaction. They may also experience difficulties with language, communication and imagination, which can impact on how they relate to others.

Cognition and Learning

Students with learning difficulties may learn at a slower pace than their peers, even with appropriate differentiation. Learning difficulties cover a wide range of needs, where students are likely to need support in all areas of the curriculum. Specific learning difficulties (SpLD), affect one or more specific aspects of learning. This encompasses a range of conditions such as dyslexia, dyscalculia and dyspraxia.

Social, Emotional and Mental Health

Students may experience a wide range of social and emotional difficulties which manifest themselves in many ways. These may include becoming withdrawn or isolated, as well as displaying challenging, disruptive or disturbing behaviour. These behaviours may reflect underlying mental health difficulties such as anxiety or depression, self-harming, substance misuse, eating disorders or physical symptoms that are medically unexplained. Other students may have disorders such as attention deficit disorder, attention deficit hyperactive disorder or attachment disorder.

Sensory and/or Physical needs

Students may require special educational provision because they have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of the educational facilities generally provided. These difficulties can be age related and may fluctuate over time. Many students with vision impairment (VI), hearing impairment (HI) or a multi-sensory impairment (MSI) will require specialist support and/or equipment to access their learning.

Some students with a physical disability (PD) require additional ongoing support and equipment to access all the opportunities available to their peers.


This organisation provides a free, confidential, and impartial service for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) who live across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole and their parents or carers. For more information, click here.


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