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Support in mainstream schools

Learn about the types of support available in mainstream schools and if they are suitable for your child.

Who is it for

Children may be able to attend mainstream schools if they have been assessed to have adequate:

  • Cognitive skills to cope with the demands of the national curriculum.
  • Adaptive skills to communicate and learn in a large group setting.



If you are unsure of your child's ability, you may want to get a professional assessment for them.

Types of support

Specialised personnel
Specialised personnel

Teachers trained in special needs and Allied Educators provide learning and behavioural support in mainstream schools.

Special provisions and programmes
Special provisions and programmes

Schools can provide the following special support:


  • School-based dyslexia remediation programme for students with dyslexia in Primary 3 and 4. Students with dyslexia in other levels will have access to the Main Literacy Programme conducted by the Dyslexia Association of Singapore (DAS).
  • Access to REACH, a community health service to support social or behavioural difficulties.
  • Accessibility accommodations for children to complete their national examination papers, such as larger fonts and extra time. Find out more from the school once your child is enrolled.
  • Services from social service agencies such as AWWA Ltd and The Singapore Association for the Deaf (SADeaf) for children with hearing loss, visual or physical impairments. They will assess your child’s needs and work with the teachers to provide assistance.
  • Assistive technology devices such as frequency modulation equipment, text-to-speech software and magnifiers for children with hearing loss, visual or physical impairments. Find out more from the school once your child is enrolled.
  • Transport concession or subsidy schemes for persons with disabilities for public transport travel. These schemes are administered by SG Enable.



Use SchoolFinder to search for mainstream schools that support:

  • Moderate to profound hearing loss or visual impairment.
  • Barrier-free access.

Mother Tongue Language exemption

For children diagnosed with special educational needs, we will take into account their overall learning, school level and the school’s assessment of their learning ability.

We will evaluate the factors holistically when assessing for exemption as each child has different circumstances and learning abilities.

Learn more about Mother Tongue Language exemption.

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Special educational needs