Special educational needs support at mainstream primary schools

Learn about how the support at primary schools caters to special educational needs.

Mainstream primary schools are suitable for children who have the cognitive abilities and adaptive skills to access the national curriculum and mainstream learning environment.

They can support students with special educational needs like:
  • Mild autism spectrum disorder
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
  • Dyslexia
  • Hearing loss
  • Visual impairment

All schools also have some degree of barrier-free access.

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

Types of support

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Specialised personnel
  • Learning and behaviour support provided by Allied Educators through 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 plan instructional strategies and adapt lessons for students with special educational needs, and share strategies with other teachers in school.
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Interventions and programmes
  • Learning Support Programme and Learning Support for Mathematics for Primary 1 and 2 students who need additional help with English Language and Mathematics. The programmes are 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 MOE-subsidised Main Literacy Programme conducted by the Dyslexia Association of Singapore.
  • Circle of Friends, a peer support intervention to support students who are at risk of social-interaction difficulties in school contexts.
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Specialised provisions
  • Access arrangements for children for their national examination papers, such as larger fonts and extra time. Find out more from the school once your child is enrolled.
  • Barrier-free accessibility to support students who require mobility aids like wheelchairs.
  • 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.
  • Services from social service agencies such as AWWA Ltd and The Singapore Association for the Deaf for children with hearing loss, visual or physical impairments. They will assess your child’s needs and work with the teachers to provide assistance. Find out more from the school when your child is enrolled.
  • Transport concession or subsidy schemes for persons with disabilities for public transport travel. These schemes are administered by SG Enable.
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Referrals
Students with special educational needs may have other needs beyond learning and education that require therapy or intervention from allied health professionals such as:
  • Occupational therapists
  • Speech and language therapists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Psychologists
Therapy services are available at these hospitals: Mental health services are available at: If you need assistance for a referral to a polyclinic, a Community Health Assist Scheme (CHAS) clinic or REACH, you can approach your child's school.

You can obtain a referral to a hospital or CGC through a polyclinic or a CHAS clinic. An initial consult with a doctor at one of these clinics is required so that they can make an appropriate referral.
Use the SchoolFinder to search for schools that provide additional support for: