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Special Education (SPED) schools are funded by the government and run by Voluntary Welfare Organisations. The SPED schools serve about 5000 students.

The EM also calls for more support for students with special needs in mainstream schools and institutes of higher learning (IHLs).

Enhancements to SPED

Special Education Schools (SPED)

Improved SPED curriculum 

  • The SPED Curriculum Framework, launched in 2012, sets a common direction for excellence in teaching and learning across 20 SPED schools, and guides schools in delivering a quality and holistic education.
  • This will equip students with the required knowledge, skills and attitudes for living, learning and working in the 21st century.
  • MOE works closely with SPED schools to build capability in curriculum development and implementation, to help schools meet the needs of students with different disability profiles.
  • We have improved vocational education programmes in SPED schools; eg. vocational curriculum leading to national certification in selected industry areas for SPED schools serving students with Mild Intellectual Disability.
  • More recently, we have started the multi-agency School-to-Work (S2W) Transition programme to offer customised training pathways cum work options for students with diverse disability profiles who have the potential for work, to help them transit from school to work.

Expanded SPED school facilities 

  • Capacity of existing SPED schools expanded to provide better facilities, and ensure students' timely access to quality SPED. 
  • $150m has been committed for upgrading & building of the 20 SPED schools over the past decade. 

Enhanced professional development, recognition, talent attraction and retention for SPED school staff

  • Enhanced professional development opportunities for SPED teachers including:
    • Advanced Diploma in Special Education launched by NIE in Aug 2014
    • MOE Masters scholarships in Special Education,  tenable in local and reputable overseas universities
    • Annual provision of $1,100 a year for each SPED staff to engage in professional development activities, with SPED teachers each receiving an additional $400
    • Curriculum Leadership & Professional Learning Teams in all SPED schools 
  • Recognition of contributions of SPED teachers such as:
    • The MOE-NCSS Outstanding SPED Teacher Award (OSTA) for SPED teachers 

Involving Parents in SPED 

  • Parent Support Grant of up to $2,500 for each school to engage parents and involve them in their children's education. 

Satellite Schools

  • Satellite partnerships between SPED schools and mainstream schools have been introduced to provide opportunities for integration between SPED and mainstream school students.
  • Increase in number of satellite partnerships between SPED and mainstream schools from 4 in 2008 to 16 in 2014. 
  • Moving forward, we will work towards every SPED school having an appropriate and meaningful satellite partnership with a mainstream school.

On Mainstream Schools

More Support in Mainstream Schools

  • 400 Allied Educators specialising in Learning and Behavioural Support [AEDs(LBS)] for students in primary & secondary schools.
  • All Beginning Teachers trained to be aware of supporting students with special needs.
  • 3000 Teachers Trained In Special Needs, a certificate-level training programme, which builds deeper knowledge and skills in supporting students with special needs.
  • Student development teams (SDT) to be set up in all schools by 2016 to strengthen schools’ capacity in developing age-appropriate programmes and supporting the holistic development of all students.
  • Further expansion of the School-based Dyslexia Remediation (SDR) Programme to 60 more primary schools in 2015, to cover 121 primary schools. The programme will be made available to all primary schools in 2016.
  • Provision of funding to the Dyslexia Association of Singapore (DAS) to conduct remediation to support students in mainstream schools with dyslexia.
  • Provision of school-based specialised educational services by VWOs for Hearing Impaired, Visually Impaired and Physically Impaired pupils.

More Support in Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs) 

To develop inclusive communities in our IHLs:

  •  Special Education Needs (SEN) Support Office in each publicly-funded university, polytechnic and Institute of Technical Education (ITE) College, since 2014. 
  • The SEN Support Office coordinates holistic support for students with SEN, including transitional support, in-class learning assistance and access arrangements.
  • SEN Fund for polytechnic and ITE students with physical or sensory impairment to purchase educational assistive technology devices & support services, since 2014. Publicly-funded universities provide the same support.
  • More than 1,500 polytechnic and ITE staff trained in basic SEN awareness and support. All polytechnic and ITE academic staff will be trained similarly over the next five years.

For more information on Special Education, please contact the Ministry of Education

Return to Enabling Masterplan 2012-2016 Progress Report.

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