Support in mainstream schools

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

Mainstream school is a suitable setting for children who have been assessed to have adequate:

  • Cognitive skills to cope with the demands of the national curriculum.
  • Adaptive skills to communicate and learn in a large group setting.


If you are unsure if your child can cope in a mainstream school, you may want to get a professional assessment for them.

Specialised personnel, provisions and programmes

Schools can provide the following special support catering to different levels and learning needs:

  • Learning and behaviour support provided by Allied Educators and teachers trained in special needs. This is in the form of individual or small group intervention or skills training, or in-class support for approximately 30 to 60 minutes per week.
  • Teachers trained in special needs provide learning support and share strategies with other teachers in school.
  • Learning support programme for Primary 1 and 2 students who need additional help with English Language. This programme is held for 30 minutes a day, and in small groups of 8 to 10 students.
  • TRANsition Support for InTegration (TRANSIT) takes place during Primary 1 to help students with social and behavioural needs develop independence through learning foundational self-management skills based on their specific needs. Schools will proactively identify these students for support based on information gathered from parents and teachers, and through systematic observations conducted by trained school personnel, including teachers and Allied Educators (Learning and Behavioural Support). TRANSIT will be introduced progressively to all primary schools by 2026.
  • School-based dyslexia remediation programme for students with dyslexia in Primary 3 and 4. Students with dyslexia in other levels will have access to the Main Literacy Programme conducted by the Dyslexia Association of Singapore (DAS).
  • Access to REACH, a community health service to support social or behavioural difficulties.
  • Accessibility accommodations for children to complete their national examination papers, such as larger fonts and extra time. Find out more from the school once your child is enrolled.
  • Barrier-free facilities to help children with physical impairments.
  • Services from social service agencies such as AWWA Ltd and The Singapore Association for the Deaf (SADeaf) for children with hearing loss, visual or physical impairments. They will assess your child’s needs and work with the teachers to provide assistance.
  • Assistive technology devices such as frequency modulation equipment, text-to-speech software and magnifiers for children with hearing loss, visual or physical impairments. Find out more from the school once your child is enrolled.
  • Transport concession or subsidy schemes for persons with disabilities for public transport travel. These schemes are administered by SG Enable.


Use SchoolFinder to search for mainstream schools that support:

  • Moderate to profound hearing loss or visual impairment.
  • Barrier-free access.