P1 pupils do not
By end of P1 Term 1 -
3 subject Teachers for English, Maths, Mother Tongue, would have identified pupils from the class who need help, to attend learning support program.
The assessment is done by class subject Tr, apply to all P1 pupils -
Regardless of whether the pupil face learning difficulty issues, or not.
This is in accordance with MOE policy, that all P1 pupils must be equipped with basic reading literacy, plus basic arithmetic skills.
Basic reading literacy, must be there.
Otherwise when come to P1 Term 3 or 4, when P1 English Tr start to introduce composition writing, pupils will struggle.
Schools that have a higher standard of English, tend to start composition / essay writing, earlier.
By end of P1 Term 2 (just before June school holidays start), there will be PMT (parents meet Teachers) session, where form Tr meet up with individual parents in class one to one, feedback on your child's learning progress in school, what issues the child encounter.
At this point, during Term 2 PMT, you will have a good feel, whether your child can cope in P1 Mainstream, or not.
After June school holiday, Semester 2 start, from July until November.
At end of P1 Term 4, there will be a second round of PMT.
By this time, whether your child can cope with P1 or not, the Truth will be revealed.
Form Tr will be very frank with parents, who have learning issue -
That is, after trying out one year of P1 Mainstream :
Whether can proceed to P2 Mainstream, or suggest that change to a special school environment, is more suitable for your child's learning to benefit the child, long term.
The recommendation will come from the school.
Let's go back, a bit.
By end of P1 Term 1 -
if your child encounter learning difficulty in class, have a frank and honest talk, with your child's P1 Form Tr.
the form Tr is in contact with your child everyday.
She will be familiar with your child's behavior, learning issue to overcome.
Your form Tr can arrange for an Educational psychologist, from a hospital clinic attached to Ministry of Education, to come down, to assess your child.
There will be some forms for parents to fill in the details, regarding behavior of your child.
Your child's Form Tr will need to list down the issues your child encounter in class, and let the Educational psychologist, to evaluate & to assess.
Likewise, On your part, as a parent, when you meet the Educational psychologist face to face, she will also need you to list down the issues encountered, from you (parents) faced at home, when dealing with your own child.
If a child is dyslexic, or face attention span concentration issues, or autistic, or any other learning difficulty issues.
This Educational psychologist come down to school premises, once in every 2 to 3 months. She doesnt come down every month. but your School can help to arrange for some pupils, to see her. But normally, this Educational psychologist will attend to the more severe, urgent cases, first. There may be more than one child in your school queuing up, waiting to see her.
Through this way, parents can pay a small, nominal fee, to the consultation / treatment given, recommended by Educational psychologist.
In contrast, for dyslexic pupils, if just walk in straight like that to the Association of Dyslexia (Sg), consultation can be costly.
But if go through schools, it can help in savings, long term.