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Special Education in Singapore


The education of children with disabilities is provided in special education (SPED) schools. As at January 2009, there are 20 SPED schools run by Voluntary Welfare Organisations (VWOs) receiving funding from the Ministry of Education (MOE) and the National Council of Social Service (NCSS). The SPED schools run different programmes catering to distinct disability groups of children who are unable to benefit from mainstream schooling.

Special education is also available at other privately run schools and foreign system schools.


SPED schools provide customised educational programmes and training for different disability groups. The programmes are aimed at developing the potential of pupils and helping them to be independent, self-supporting and contributing members of society. Individualised Educational Plans (IEPs) are drawn up for all pupils. Besides receiving classroom instructions conducted by their teachers, pupils also receive help and training from paramedical professionals such as psychologists, speech therapists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and social workers.

The general mission of SPED schools is to provide the best possible education and training to children with special needs so as to enable them to function optimally and integrate well into society.

Special Education: Education Path

Education Landscape
Educational Pathways for Children with Special Needs
Printable Version (393kb .pdf)

Pupils who are able, sit for the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE). If successful, they leave SPED schools to continue their education in mainstream secondary schools. These pupils attend regular classes and follow the curriculum of mainstream schools. Special resource teachers are deployed to designated mainstream secondary schools to assist these pupils.

Hearing Impaired (HI) pupils who communicate using sign language, can opt to attend one of 2 designated secondary schools:

  • Balestier Hill Secondary School
  • Boon Lay Secondary School

Visually Handicapped (VH) pupils from the Singapore School for the Visually Handicapped (SSVH) who pass the PSLE can choose to attend one of the designated schools for the visually handicapped as listed below:

  • Ahmad Ibrahim Secondary School
  • Bedok South Secondary School
  • Clementi Woods Secondary School
  • Dunearn Secondary School

The above schools have additional support including resource teachers to help visually handicapped pupils cope with the curriculum.

Pupils who are unable to continue their education in secondary schools will proceed to one of the training centres or workshops run by VWOs. Such training equips them with the necessary skills for employment. Those who are able are placed in open employment whilst those who require more supervision attend production sheltered workshops or work activity centres.

List of Special Education Schools

As at January 2009, there are 20 SPED schools run by Voluntary Welfare Organisations (VWOs). The SPED schools run different programmes catering to distinct disability groups of children.

School    Address    Contact Information    Disability Groups   
AWWA School 11 Lorong Napiri
Singapore 547532
Tel: (65) 6511 5280
Fax: (65) 6511 5281
Multiple Disabilities; Autism
Canossian School No.1 Sallim Road
Singapore 387621
Tel: (65) 6749 8971
Fax: (65) 6749 8976
Hearing Impairment; Autism
Chaoyang School 18 Ang Mo Kio Ave 9
Singapore 569767
Tel: (65) 6456 6922
Fax: (65) 6456 2030
Intellectual Disability; Autism
Delta Senior School 20 Delta Avenue
Singapore 169832
Tel: (65) 6276 3818
Fax: (65) 6276 5608
Intellectual Disability
Eden School 101 Yuan Ching Road
Singapore 618653
Tel: (65) 6265 7400
Fax: (65) 6265 9400
Fernvale Gardens School 7 Fernvale Road
Singapore 797635
Tel: (65) 6481 6697
Fax: (65) 6483 2631
Intellectual Disability; Autism
Grace Orchard School 35 Boon Lay Avenue
Singapore 649962
Tel: (65) 6264 4600
Fax: (65) 6264 4655
Intellectual Disability; Autism
Katong School 900 New Upper Changi Road
Singapore 467354
Tel: (65) 6445 8027
Fax: (65) 6445 6313
Intellectual Disability
Lee Kong Chian Gardens School 802 Margaret Drive
Singapore 149311
Tel: (65) 6473 8332
Fax: (65) 6473 4776
Intellectual Disability; Autism
Metta School 30 Simei St 1
Singapore 529949
Tel: (65) 6788 5800
Fax: (65) 6788 5507
Intellectual Disability; Autism
Pathlight School 5 Ang Mo Kio Ave 10
Singapore 569739
Tel: (65) 6459 9951
Fax: (65) 6459 3397
Rainbow Centre - Margaret Drive School 501 Margaret Drive
Singapore 149306
Tel: (65) 6472 7077
Fax: (65) 6475 9739
Multiple Disabilities; Autism
Rainbow Centre - Yishun Park School 15 Yishun Street 61
Singapore 768548
Tel: (65) 6482 2592
Fax: (65) 6482 2593
Multiple Disabilities; Autism
Singapore School for the Deaf 227 Mountbatten Road
Singapore 397998
Tel: (65) 6345 6765
Fax: (65) 6345 9095
Hearing Impairment; Autism
Lighthouse School 51 Toa Payoh Rise
Singapore 298106
Tel: (65) 6250 3755
Fax: (65) 6250 5348
Visual Impairment; Autism
Spastic Children’s Association School Cerebral Palsy Centre,
65 Pasir Ris Drive 1
Singapore 519529
Tel: (65) 6585 5639
Fax: (65) 6585 5635
Physical Disability
St Andrew’s Autism School 15 Guillemard Crescent, Singapore 399910
Tel: (65) 6345 2377
Fax: (65) 6447 0717
Tanglin School 143 Alexandra Road
Singapore 159924
Tel: (65) 6475 1511
Fax: (65) 6472 0408
Intellectual Disability
Towner Gardens School 1B Lengkong Lima
Singapore 417557
Tel: (65) 6446 2612
Fax: (65) 6243 7498
Intellectual Disability; Autism
Woodlands Gardens School 30 Woodlands Ring Road #01-01
Singapore 737883
Tel: (65) 6468 0566
Fax: (65) 6468 2142
Intellectual Disability; Autism

Privately-run Special Education Schools

Foreign System Schools that provide Special Education

  • Dover Court Preparatory School

    Teaching in Special Education Schools

    If you are interested to teach in a Special Education (SPED) school, you may contact the school directly. SPED teachers are employees of the SPED schools.

    NIE offers the Diploma in Special Education (DISE). It is a one year full time programme and is offered only for teachers already teaching in SPED schools. The SPED schools take care of course expenses, and work out the corresponding service conditions. The school will advise regarding application procedures and dates.

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