Ministry of Education

Honouring Special Education Teachers and Schools

Press Release   •   Nov 04, 2011 12:11 +08

Two outstanding teachers and three innovative Special Education (SPED) schools will be recognised for their outstanding contributions in the area of education for children with special needs.

This is the fifth year that the Ministry of Education-National Council of Social Service (MOE-NCSS) awards will be presented. Ms Sim Ann, Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Law, will present the awards at the inaugural SPED Conference on 2 November.

The Outstanding SPED Teacher Award

Two teachers will receive the OutstandingSPEDTeacher Award for their passion, commitment and perseverance in providing a well-rounded education for children with special needs. They are:

  • Mdm Choo Pee Ling, Katong School
  • Ms Wong Wai Sian, Tanglin School

Please refer to Annex A for more details.

“The National Council of Social Service (NCSS) recognises that teachers to children with special needs require patience, creativity and a nurturing heart to help the children realise their potential. The winners of this year’s Outstanding SPED Teacher Award have exemplified these qualities. They have transformed learning for their students, according to the individual student’s needs and strengths. Parents are also actively engaged to reinforce learning and development at home.NCSS will continue to partner MOE and the special schools to nurture children with disabilities,” said Ms Tina Hung, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of NCSS.

A total of 172 nominations for 100 teachers were received from 13 SPED schools, the largest number since the inception of the award in 2007. A selection panel, which included representatives from MOE, NCSSand partners in special education, reviewed and assessed the nominations to select the award recipients.

The Innovation Award

In recognition of their innovations to enhance students’ learning, three schools were presented with the Innovation Award. The schools are:

  • Rainbow Centre Margaret Drive School
  • Delta Senior School
  • Towner Gardens School

This is the second consecutive year that Delta Senior School has clinched the award. Please refer to Annex C for more details.

Inaugural SPED Conference

The inaugural SPED Conference, a full-day event organised by MOE, will combine the annual MOE-NCSS SPEDAwards and what was formerly known as the SPED Learning Day. The conference is an annual platform to facilitate sharing among the SPED community of teachers, professionals and experts.

The theme of the inaugural SPED Conference is Special Education: Embracing Possibilities, Forging Ahead. This conference aims to help participants embrace possibilities to explore ideas and strategies which will better support students with special needs. Participants would be encouraged to learn from different stakeholders such as educators, allied health professionals, policy makers and industry partners, and to build collaborations and strengthen partnerships. Exhibition booths will also be set up to showcase innovative school projects and collaborations with partners.

In line with the aims of the conference, the multi-colour logo depicts the many different ways schools innovate while the culmination of the varied colours in a single arrow signifies unity in diversity as schools work together towards the same goal of preparing students with special needs for life. This arrow of diversity begins with education and the movement upwards depicts our aspiration for every child to scale greater heights.