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Choosing a school with the right support

Learn about the types of support available in both mainstream and special education schools, and which types of support will meet your child's needs.

Choosing a school

When choosing a school that provides the required support, it will be helpful if you:

Types of support

Special education schools Mainstream schools

Tip:

Find out about the programmes and support that the special education schools offer through their open houses. Learn about the schedule and how to sign up.

Currently, there are 19 government-funded special education schools run by 12 social service agencies. All of them provide more intensive and and curriculum customisation for children with moderate to severe special educational needs.

Curriculum customisation and smaller classes
Curriculum customisation and smaller classes

The school curriculum is holistic and customised to develop your child’s strengths, abilities and potential to attain living, learning and working outcomes. Classes are much smaller so that teachers and teacher aides can provide more attention and more intensive 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 work collaboratively with you and other relevant stakeholders to develop an Individual Education Plan (IEP) for your child, tailored to their individual needs. The IEP is regularly updated to ensure that it stays relevant for your child.

The plan may include:

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

During the secondary school years, the school will work with your child, the family and relevant post-school agencies to develop an Individual Transition Plan (ITP), which will prepare them for post-school life.

The plan may include:

  • Personalised post-school goals to help your child live independently, learn continuously and work meaningfully after graduation.
  • Strategies and support to help your child develop the skills to achieve their post-school goals.

Tip:

Use SchoolFinder to search for mainstream or special education schools that can support your child.