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Support in special education schools

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

Currently, there are 19 government-funded special education schools run by 12 Voluntary Welfare Organisations. All of them provide intensive and specialised learning support for children with special needs.

Types of support

Customised curriculum and smaller classes
Customised curriculum and smaller classes

The school curriculum is customised to develop your child’s strengths, abilities and potential. Classes are smaller so that teachers can provide them with more attention.

Allied professionals
Allied professionals

Special education schools may have:

  • Trained therapists who can help with speech training and functional skills.
  • Psychologists who can assess conditions and track progress as well as help with social skills and behaviour.
  • Social workers or counsellors with access to financial help, after-school care and help with family support.
Enhanced school facilities
Enhanced school facilities

Schools are equipped with facilities to support specific learning needs. For example, you may find:

  • Sensory integration rooms.
  • Hydrotherapy pools.
  • Therapy rooms.
  • Indoor play rooms.
  • Vocational training rooms.
Joint activities with mainstream schools
Joint activities with mainstream schools

Students have the opportunity to interact with their peers in mainstream schools during joint recesses, co-curricular activities and excursions.

Individual education plan
Individual education plan

The school will create an individual education plan tailored to individual needs.

The plan may include:

  • Personal goals to help your child learn and live independently.
  • Activities and support to help children develop important skills such as self-control, social and emotional skills.


Use SchoolFinder to search for schools that support your child's needs.

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