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Last Updated: 21 August 2023

1. Overview

As a Special Educational Needs Officer (SEN Officer), you will provide support to students with special educational needs (SEN) in mainstream schools. Examples of special educational needs are dyslexia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), mild autism spectrum disorders, sensory impairments, and physical impairments.

If you would like to be a SEN Officer but do not have the relevant qualifications or experience, you can apply through our sponsored foundational training programme. The programme will equip you with the necessary skills to support our students with special educational needs.

Programme length: 10-month sponsored training.

Bond length: 2 years.

If you would like to work on a short-term basis, you can apply to be a Flexi-Adjunct Special Educational Needs Officer.

Roles and responsibilities

You will be expected to support students with special educational needs in the following areas:

  • Intervention support.
  • Systems consultation in the area of educational development.
  • Liaise with stakeholders, such as parents or external agencies, to ensure continued support for them.


  • Passion and disposition to work with students with SEN.
  • Resourceful and good problem-solving skills.
  • Strong collaborative and communication skills with stakeholders.
  • Preferably with prior experience and expertise in working with students with SEN.
While the SEN Officer role is a rewarding one, it also comes with expectations and demands at work. Applicants should have the fitness and resilience required to engage students safely and carry out their duties effectively. As part of application processing, candidates may be required to undergo a pre-employment medical examination.

Compulsory Untrained School Stint

Prior to admission into the foundational training programme, you would need to undertake a compulsory school stint. This stint allows you to affirm your interest to be a SEN Officer, and lets us assess your suitability for the role. If you successfully complete the stint, you will be enrolled in the foundational training programme.

Salary and benefits

You will be appointed on the Special Educational Needs Officer Scheme of Service, and will be hired on a contract basis.

Your starting salary will range from $2,500 and $5,200 while undergoing the Untrained School Stint in school and if enrolled, during the foundational training programme as well. Your exact salary takes into consideration:

  • Your relevant work experience and time spent on the job.
  • Your academic training.
  • Whether you have completed full-time National Service.

Note: Information on salaries is accurate at the point of publication but may be subject to review and change.

You will also be eligible for these benefits:

  • Time off during school holidays, as long as your services are not required during that time.
  • Subsidised medical and dental benefits.
  • 14 days of medical leave without hospitalisation, and up to 60 days with hospitalisation.
  • 10 days of urgent leave for private matters, subject to approval.

Learn more about the benefits as a Public Officer