Honouring Special Education Teachers and Schools

Published Date: 12 November 2014 12:00 AM

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1.Three teachers and four Special Education (SPED) schools were recognised for their outstanding contributions in the area of education for children with special needs. This was the seventh year that the Ministry of Education-National Council of Social Service (MOE-NCSS) awards were presented. Ms Sim Ann, Minister of State, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Communications and Information, presented the awards at the biennial SPED Conference on 12 November 2014.

The Outstanding SPED Teacher Award

2.Three teachers received the MOE-NCSS Outstanding SPED Teacher Award (OSTA) for their passion, commitment and perseverance in providing a well-rounded education for children with special needs. They were:

  • Ms Fanny Ng, APSN Tanglin School
  • Ms Huzaima Binte Hamid, APSN Chaoyang School
  • Ms Salina Binte Ismail, MINDS Lee Kong Chian Gardens School

3.Please refer to Annex A for more details on the award recipients.

4.A total of 171 nominations for 103 teachers were received from 12 SPED schools. A selection panel, which included representatives from MOE, NCSS and partners in special education (Annex B), reviewed and assessed the nominations to select the award recipients.

The Innovation Award

5.In recognition of schools’ innovations to enhance students’ learning, four schools were presented with the MOE-NCSS Innovation Award (IA). The schools were:

  • AWWA School
  • Grace Orchard School
  • Lee Kong Chian Gardens School
  • Pathlight School

6.Please refer to Annex C for more details on the award recipients.

SPED Conference

7.The Special Education (SPED) Conference is a biennial event organised specially to gather SPED educators in the 20 government-funded SPED schools and representatives from their Voluntary Welfare Organisations (VWOs) as a fraternity for professional development and sharing. It is also an occasion for all SPED educators and community to recognise outstanding contributions of SPED teachers and innovations in the SPED schools as well as keep abreast of new policies and key developments in the SPED sector. For 2014, the SPED Conference will be held at Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) Convention Centre on Wednesday, 12 November.

8.The theme for the 2014 SPED Conference is ‘Staying Rooted, Soaring High’ which reaffirms the important role educators play in laying the foundation and “roots” for quality SPED so that every student can “soar” to his or her greatest potential. SPED educators need to stay rooted to their mission of nurturing students, be focussed on students’ needs and development as well as inspire students to be confident and independent individuals in the 21st Century. Through improving their teaching practices and professionalism as a community, educators deepen their “roots” to uplift the quality of SPED. A SPED community comprising educators, students, parents, key VWO partners and stakeholders working collaboratively to provide a strong network of roots is needed to anchor a nurturing and engaging learning environment for our SPED students to grow and soar.

9.Through the SPED Conference, participants will have opportunities to explore new knowledge, pedagogies and various perspectives in teaching and learning. The insights gained will help educators be more attuned to the SPED landscape and current needs of the students and make a difference in the lives of SPED students.

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